Bryde grew up looking at the Cleddau Estuary through a gap in neighbours’ houses. She plunged straight into the world of music the moment she hit double-digits, inspired by water and mountains. Being from a fairly quiet town, Bryde – or Sarah Howells, to her friends – made their own musical entertainment growing up, out of necessity. “my musical influences were determined by what I could get my hands on CD-wise,” she says. “I would endlessly scan the racks in shops seeking out pictures of women on the front of CDs, to try and track down singers I could identify with.”
After spending her late teenage years playing with Milford heroes Jylt and her 20s playing with folk duo Paper Aeroplanes, touring Wales and Europe extensively, a solo project (Bryde) seemed like the natural progression.
Described by the Sunday Times as “ “Feral Guitar, Torn-from-the-chest lyrics…sensational” . Consequence of Sound said “..hers is a voice that deserves attention in and of its own right”. Bryde’s solo debut album ‘Like An Island’ was released in 2018 and nominated for the Welsh Music Prize and saw her interviewed by Radio 1 and played on 6music, Radio Two and gratefully supported by BBC Radio Wales.
Her sophomore album The Volume of Things emerged during lockdown in May 2020 and this will be one of the band’s first chances since the pandemic to play these songs and some from her third album which is already nearing completion. Compared to everyone from The Cranberries to Wolf Alice and from Suzanne Vega to Big Moon, Bryde’s new direction is joyously inspired by Eastern spirituality and Buddhist themes of consciousness and expansion. The new music promises to be another shift in direction but with emotional connection with the audience, the ongoing thread.
Her first ever gig (unless you count school assembly) was at the Queens Hall, so Sarah is excited to be back home once again.