The Gentle Good's anti-royal wedding song

Thursday 28 April 2011, 18:22

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A musician from Cardiff has gone against the grain of Royal Wedding fever by recording a song in opposition to the event.

Singer-songwriter Gareth Bonello, who performs as The Gentle Good, wrote The 29th Of April for the recent Laugharne Festival where he was performing with Richard James, co-founder of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci.

He said the festival this year had taken the theme of weddings, and Richard invited him to write something appropriate.

Gareth Bonello, The Gentle Good

Gareth Bonello, The Gentle Good

The country-style acoustic waltz - available online - tells the story of a man whose own wedding on 29 April has been overshadowed by that of Prince William and Kate Middleton, whose nuptials his friends and family would rather watch.

"I've not been to many weddings myself so I thought it would be a good idea to write about the royal wedding," he said. "The reaction has been pretty positive - I was expecting more negative comments.

"I think a lot of people are mainly indifferent to the wedding. I've always had an anti-monarchist streak and believe we'd be better off as an elected republic.

"I kept it subtle until the last couple of lines where I felt I had to be blunt."

You can listen to the recording on SoundCloud (warning: the last two lines contain strong language).

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