In July, five primary school pupils from the Llanuwchllyn area hit the headlines when their rock band was invited to open a show for rock icon Robert Plant.
In the S4C children’s series #Fi on the Stwnsh service on Wednesday, October 28 at 5.20pm, viewers will find out whether the band Y Storm took the fans by storm when they gigged at the Forest Live festival in front of an audience of 12,000 fans.
In the two-part series, produced by Boom Plant for S4C, we’ll discover how the former Led Zeppelin front man invited Y Storm to perform after being impressed by their success in winning the rock band competition at the Urdd National Eisteddfod in May.
The programme will follow band members Osian and Guto Daley-Tyson, Nel Williams, Catrin Edwards and Gweno Jarman before, during and after the huge gig held at Cannock Chase Forest, Staffordshire,
The five pupils at Ysgol OM Edwards in Llanuwchllyn, Gwynedd were given their stab at stardom when father of the two brothers in the band, Liam Tyson, approached Robert Plant to see whether he would give the band a gig as his warm-up act.
Tyson, guitarist with The Sensational Space Shifters, has toured with Plant and the rock great invited them to gig without any hesitation.
Plant, who has deep connections with mid Wales, has followed the band, who are aged between 10 and 11, for some years.
Y Storm write their own material and performed in Welsh and English at the concert.
“Having the opportunity to film with the band has been fantastic – they are so talented and such lovely children. It’s an experience I will never forget and am privileged to have been able to document their summer of fun, full of amazing experiences,” says Rhiain Nightingale, producer of #Fi – Y Storm.
Two prominent Welsh musicians are amazed by the musical talent of the young Welsh band.
“I’ve been playing in a band for nearly a quarter of a century – and we’re not half as good as Y Storm,” said musician and poet Twm Morys.
“I’m very envious that they get to support Robert Plant, that’s a dream for any band – irrelevant of how old they are, but they get to do this at the age of ten! The experience is going to be unbelievable. They are so lucky, and yet they deserve it as they are so good!” added Osian Williams, lead singer of Welsh band Candelas.