David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin
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David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | SELF

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2009
Duo Folk Singer/Songwriter

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"No Depression, USA"

"This album is a return to the spare, roots-style of past male/female duos who knew how to inject sincerity into their songs ... brilliantly with richness and subtle grace ... Their professionalism as a team shines as they keep everything in check and the songs unravel seamlessly like pensive stories". - John Apice


"Maverick magazine UK"

★★★★ Songs Around The Kitchen Table
"Beautiful folk duets that ooze intimacy and tenderness ... a beautifully crafted album ... Anyone who loves their folk music on the genteel side and appreciates quality song writing, beautiful duets and interwoven guitar work would do well to give this one a try". - John Roffey, Maverick magazine UK


"Colin Bailey, R2 (Rock ‘n’ Reel) magazine, UK"

★★★★ Songs Around The Kitchen Table
"Straightforward and stylish, there is a glow about the warmth of the writing and delivery that makes this a highly recommended record". - R2 (Rock 'n' Reel) Magazine


"Dessie Fisher, "For Folk Sake", Northern Ireland"

Songs Around The Kitchen Table
"Already my pick of album of the year 2015 - their songwriting and harmonies are exceptional and they are not afraid to put their stamp on some covers (59th Street Song, First time ever I saw your face & the amazing "Turn turn turn" which, every time I hear their version makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck!) Brilliant Album". - Live 105.3FM (Live Drive-Time show)


""The Late Show 
with Cherrie McIlwaine""

"Absolutely lovely!"
 - BBC Radio Ulster (Belfast)


"Frank Hennessy, BBC Radio Wales"

"Lovely - a nice warm glow - I really, really like it". - BBC Radio Wales (Feb 15, 2015)


""Marie Crichton's Country Show""

"Fate brought them together ... Just divine".
- Marie Crichton, 2015 - BBC Radio Shropshire


"Allan Wilkinson, "Northern Sky Magazine""

"With some finely-crafted original songs, together with one or two well-chosen covers, the fruits of this Welsh/Swedish duo's evenings at the kitchen table...are treated to some fine arrangements and confident performances throughout ... With three very well-known covers ... it's with the original songs that set this duo apart. Coffee Shop Song is a delightfully original idea, which possibly exemplifies just how 'together' Llewellyn and Kristin are as performers".

David Llewellyn and Ida Kristin - Songs Around the Kitchen Table - Northern Sky Magazine


"P4 Sveriges Radio"

"Their music gave the whole staff goosebumps!" 
 - P4 Swedish Radio Kronoberg



"Insurgent Country, UK"

"A beautiful, loving and intimate acoustic album ... The album breathes warmth and tenderness, which is a very welcome treat in this often cold and harsh world!" - Johanna J.Bodde


"WGRN's Songwriters' Showcase 89.5 FM
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"I was transfixed by the vocal pas de deux that is Ida and David, I couldn't avert my ears or my eyes and was rewarded with a show that was profound and playful, sensitive and sassy, traditional and original. A melding of talents that makes the whole even greater than its plentifully gifted parts".
 - Erin O'Toole


"Blair School of Music (Vanderbilt University), Nashville TN"

"People!! I need to tell you this. I sat down one night to do a "quick" listen to this record. I, as usual, didn't feel like I had time to just sit and listen to an entire record. I put it on, and was immediately taken in by it. I didn't move until it was over, and I cried a few times. This is the sweetest gem of a record!!"
- Deanna Walker, Founder of the Blair Songwriting Program at Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN - Deanna Walker - Founder of the Blair Songwriting Program at Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN


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Still working on that hot first release.

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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.”

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