Preview: Fflur Dafydd

fflurdafydd20In her short stead in Iowa City, Fflur Dafydd has already made some pretty impressive rounds: a reading at Prairie Lights, a reading at Shambaugh House, and a performance at The Mill. For once saying the girl gets around is a compliment. Granted, as a writer in residence with Iowa’s International Writing Program, Dafydd is afforded more opportunities than a mere tourist to make waves and be involved in public events. And she’s not done making her presence known. The novelist, critic, lecturer, singer/songwriter is slated for an in-studio appearance with yours truly on KRUI this evening from 5-6 pm and then a show at Public Space ONE with other literary minded troubadours.

Dafydd’s recorded output vacillates between the pop-genius sheen of Steely Dan and the jazzy finger picked styles of John Mayer. Look for folk swing to figure heavily in her set, cause her band is in Wales (guys, maybe you want to be critically acclaimed writers and you can travel with her).

Alex Dezen, currently taking part of in Iowa’s oft-lauded Writers’ Workshop and formerly the singer/songwriter behind The Damnwells is also on board. Nerissa Campbell joins Dafydd again after co-headlining the show at The Mill last week. Correction: Maryssa Handler another Writers’ Workshopper is on the bill. And because that just isn’t enough, Lauren Haldeman of Coyote Blood and her accordion are going to make some rustic noise. I’m feeling a sudden eruption of “Let The Circle Be Unbroken” at this show (might have to teach that one to Fflur).

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Download: The Damnwells – Dandelion

Who: Fflur Dafydd w. Nerissa Campbell Maryssa Handler, Alex Dezen, and Laura Haldeman
Where: Public Space ONE
When: Tonight (9.21)
Doors: 9 pm
Cover: $2 suggested donation.

Don’t forget, if you’re not much of a night owl, or Mom wants you in bed before 9, you can catch Fflur Dafydd on KRUI for music and conversation from 5-6 pm this evening. That’s 89.7 on your FM dial or navigate that browser this-a-way, to get it streaming.

About the Author

University of Iowa graduate with BAs in English and Cinema Studies. John bides his time as a staff writer for and with contributions to Little Village Magazine ( John hosts an hour-long show on Monday's at 5 pm through the University of Iowa's radio station 89.7 FM KRUI ( dedicated to Iowa music. "Corn Fed Music" is a showcase for Iowa artists, musicians formerly from Iowa, and acts visiting Iowa. This is a forum open for guest DJs, in studio performances, interviews, and new material offered to those who may not have access to larger media outlets. If you're interested in getting a song played, an interview, or performing a short set (20-45 min) in studio you can contact John at