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Aled Jones

One Voice: Full Circle (CD)

One of the UK’s most popular vocalists and broadcasters, Aled Jones MBE, releases his brand-new album which not only celebrates 40 years in showbusiness, but reveals some previously unreleased tracks, recently unearthed by Aled himself.

Whilst visiting his family home in Anglesey earlier this year, Aled began reminiscing over the 40 years of memorabilia his parents have collected throughout his career. They literally had everything, even a collection of multi coloured shirts and bow ties. Aled’s mother explained they had been handmade for him by a BBC employee for a series he made in 1983, at the age of 13. This prompted Aled to go and find the original programme. He began to go through the footage and discovered recordings, which have never been released or even heard since the original broadcast 40 years ago. The album includes brand new arrangements of those classics including "Ave Maria" and "Bright Eyes".

Aptly titled, One Voice: Full Circle, the new record is the fourth (and probably final, says Aled!) instalment in his utterly unique ‘One Voice’ series in which, through the magic of technology, Aled is able to duet with his younger self: man and boy, baritone and treble. Here, album highlights include "Sailing", The Sutherland Brothers’ 1972 track best known as a hit for Rod Stewart, Handel’s 'Where’er you Walk", from the musical drama Semele, Welsh love song "Bugeilo'r Gwenith Gwyn" and traditional ballad "Scarborough Fair". Aled even tracked down the original 80’s guitarist, Dylan Fowler, to re-record his part for this new recording.

On recording with his younger self, Aled says: “It’s an honour and a real privilege to step into the studio again with little Aled - so many memories come flooding back and a surreal experience to sing with him at his prime. I consider myself very lucky. Hope everyone enjoys the harmony of past and present.”

Alongside these re-arranged duets, is a newly recorded and incredibly poignant piano solo version of "Walking in the Air", played by Aled Jones himself. Recording a stripped back rendition of this track was very moving for the singer who delighted in revisiting such a significant piece of music which is also nostalgic for thousands, who grew up watching "The Snowman" and still do today.

1. Bright Eyes
2. Sea Fever
3. Scarborough Fair
4. Where ‘ere You Walk
5. Bugeilio’r Gwenith Gwyn
6. Sailing
7. Trees
8. Panis Angelicus
9. At the River
10. Brand New Day
11. Ave Maria
12. Sarah (Mi Glywaf Dyner Lais)
13. Pie Jesu
14. Walking In The Air (Piano Solo version)