David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin

David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
DuoFolkSinger/Songwriter

Nashville-based duo Welshman David Llewellyn and Swedish Ida Kristin share a refreshingly uplifting chemistry of intimate voices and interwoven guitars.

Biography

Paired at a songwriting retreat in Sweden, Welshman David Llewellyn and Swedish Ida Kristin were presented with an afternoon to write a song about a couple sitting in a coffee shop, and discovered a magical connection that has transformed into a finely honed acoustic duo. The spark kindled by this fortuitous collaboration uniting these two acclaimed solo artists, has resulted in the release of their debut folk album, Songs Around The Kitchen Table – a beguiling toe-to-toe recording, infused with tenderness and intimacy.

“The moment we started collaborating, it was our minds meeting our souls; exhilarating, familiar and challenging all at once. We’re pretty strong-minded people, but we’ve let our hearts lead on this one. We both knew in our gut that we wanted to follow what was unfolding, and because neither of us are that tied to the rigors of genre, we could be open and perceptive to each other’s creative ideas”.
David and Ida each bring a successful and intriguing lineage to their duo partnership. São Paulo, Brazil born Swedish singer-songwriter Ida Kristin has written and recorded two critically acclaimed solo albums. Her debut, Stumble, was released on V2 records (Virgin) in 2001, after being signed up after her very first gig. The title track was featured in the movie Capricciosa, and Stumble also includes a duet with Ryan Adams, Love Is How We Stay Alive. In 2005, Ida issued the exploratory follow-up album Comoção. Nashville-based Welsh folk singer David Llewellyn's self-titled debut CD was released in the US on DabHand Records in 2004 and quickly gained top 10 radio plays on the Folk DJ charts. It has proved a fast seller at gigs and house concerts around the US and back home, with tours in Wales, Ireland and the UK. In addition, David was a Grand Prize Winner of the prestigious 2008 International John Lennon Songwriting Contest with his song Take Us Down - a loving tip of the hat to his upbringing in the coal mining valleys of South Wales - and he is also a winner of the Kerrville Folk Festival "New Folk" Competition.
Although living on either side of the Atlantic has its challenges, it also brings big advantages. “We let the music develop in its own time, one songwriting trip at a time, one gig at a time, and we took our time with the record”. The romantic veil of distance is reflected in one of the album’s highlights, This Morning Blues - an emotional centerpiece of parting lovers after a short but profound love story. The co-write started online and was finished during a hectic trip to Stockholm after which David missed his flight back to the US.

In keeping with the organic flow of their creativity, Ida and David began to explore their music live at festivals and concerts as far a field as Copenhagen and Louisiana, Chicago and Cardiff, engaging audiences with their intimate and in-the-moment musicality and playful in between song banter. Their individual talents as singers and guitar players made the shows captivating with Ida and David blurring the lines between lead and supportive roles to create an intriguingly diverse concert experience.
The musical journey was taking flight, and creating a demand for an album of their work. Visits to David’s Nashville home and studio were particularly productive and suggested the album’s name. “We would have relaxed evenings around the kitchen table playing songs to each other” David says, and from those sessions comes the body of work on Songs Around The Kitchen Table.
Ida and David captured their synergy the only way possible—by setting up a few mics and performing their repertoire on the spot. “We did one pass of ‘Feeling Groovy’ and just felt it captured how we listen and follow each other in real time. That became the basis of the CD.”

 The 11-song album is sparsely scored with a mixture of dual lead vocals, solo lead vocals, innovative harmonies, and two acoustic guitars supporting one another. Talented musician friends from around Nashville, such as Robin Ruddy on dobro, Catherine Styron Marx on piano and John Mock on whistle/accord joined in adding subtle flavors, and the CD was born. More highlights on the debut are Just Surrender - about throwing up your arms and just saying ‘yes’ to life and love - and the delightful Only God Knows, which asks the big questions; “why’s this world in our safe keeping” and “why does ice cream melt so soon”?

Reflecting back on the past six years, they both agree: “There is a distinct, clear ‘magic something’ that happens, whether writing, recording, or performing together live. This whole thing really ensued from following our hearts and just doing what felt right.”

Lyrics

Coffee Shop Song

Written By: David Llewellyn,Ida Kristin

COFFEE SHOP SONG  
David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin



Since these two started acting up

I ain’t sold a single cup

And empty seats don’t make a living wage

I can’t take this tit for tat

Cause when I get home, I get enough of that

Their fighting’s gone and emptied out this place with their

...

Chorus

Will you just let me finish with what I’m saying
!
You’re not listening to a word I’m saying!

Well what the hell do you really want from me?

Why is everything all about you?

I bend over backwards and for what!

Don’t you give me that . . . you’re full of it

!

Was the meal okay? You’re done I reckon

Can I take those plates before you break them

We wouldn’t want no flying crockery

For what it’s worth, you act like children

You rant and rage and never listen

We’ve had enough, it’s time for you to leave . . .

Chorus

Well I can’t believe what that waitress just told me!

Oh what a bitch! Yeah what a floozy!

With legs like that I wouldn’t wear that skirt
..
No her legs are quite nice. Trust you to notice
!
Oh come on baby, now let’s not go there
. You know I love you.
Hey don’t give me all that crap



Chorus

Will you just let me finish with what I’m saying?
You're not listening to a word I'm saying!

Well what the hell do you really want from me?

Why is everything all about you?

I bend over backwards and for what?

Don’t you give me that . . . I’m done with it!