Kings of Leon use Twitter to reveal Welsh roots

  • 12 September 2011
  • From the section Wales
Left - right: Caleb Followil, Nathan Followill, Jared Followill and Matthew Followill
Image caption Jared Followill, third from left, tweeted that it is cool to discover the band's Welsh ancestry

Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill has tried his hand at the Welsh language after discovering that the US band have family roots in Wales.

He, his brothers Nathan and Caleb and cousin Matthew make up one of the world's biggest rock groups.

Followill, of Nashville, Tennessee, posted on Twitter that his father's 18th Century ancestors came from Wales.

He replied to one well-wisher: "Diolch yn fawr. Falch o fod yma" - "Thank you very much. Proud to be here."

The Brit and Grammy Award winners best known for hits such as Sex on Fire and Use Somebody have released five albums to date.

Jared wrote: "Finally found out where Followills came from.

"It was originally Followell and we came to Virginia from Wales in the 1700s. I'm Welsh. Cool."

He followed up the post with: "Welsh and Native American on my dad's side - Followill. English and Native American on my mom's. Washington."

A number of fans in Wales responded by inviting him and the band to Wales, prompting him to reply in Welsh.

The band have played in Wales in the past, performing at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena on a number of occasions.

Last month they cancelled their US tour amid reports of problems within the band, but are due to resume touring in Canada shortly.

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