Musician Lucy J Morgan certainly gives a modern twist to the traditional Welsh lady costume as she poses for the camera for a St David’s Day shoot.
She teams a cape made by Melin Tregwynt bearing a St David’s Cross pattern with an updated version of the classic hat with black skinny jeans, casual shirt and heels.
And in another picture, captured by Dean Chalkley, she can be seen wearing a patterned tank top and flannel trousers by Melin Teifi and clutching her treasured viola covered in the St David’s Cross printed fabric. All her clothes were made by Brian Mallam.
The images were taken as classical musician Lucy prepares for the Wales At No 1 concert which she’s producing for the Wales Millennium Centre.
Taking place on March 1 at the Cardiff Bay venue, it will celebrate our nation’s chart-topping singles. And the man who scored Wales’ first number one hit – Ricky Valance – to perform his 1960 hit Tell Laura I Love Her.
Other singers who scored number ones will also grace the Donald Gordon stage, including Shakin’Stevens who has scored the most top spots for Wales thanks to tracks like This Ole House and Green Door.
Manic Street Preachers’ frontman James Dean Bradfield who’s enjoyed a number of chart-toppers with the band, including If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next, will also be there alongside Wales’ latest hit-maker, Amy Wadge, who co-wrote Ed Sheeran’s best-seller Thinking Out Loud.
Lucy met the photographer several years ago while working with the band Dexys so called him with her plans for the latest shoot.
“I’ve had this idea for a long time to do a photo shoot which incorporates everything I do and so I thought it would be nice to do something around the St David’s Day concert,” said freelance musician Lucy, who’s originally from Abercrave in the Swansea Valley and has worked with the likes of Lionel Richie, Dame Shirley Bassey and Jools Holland.
“I wanted to incorporate the old with the new. The shoot took all day and going into it I found it quite overwhelming. I’d only ever been in this scenario with a band or other people but this time the pressure was all on my shoulders. But Dean is such an amazing, creative genius and put me at ease.”
Lucy, founder of the Welsh Pops Orchestra, which will be performing at the concert, is thrilled to be putting some of Wales’ chart-toppers on stage alongside some of today’s best singers who will also be interpreting other number one hits, including Gabrielle Murphy who will sing Duffy’s Mercy.
“It will be great to hear new arrangements of some famous songs and to hear people sing songs they wouldn’t normally sing.”
For more details on the concert, call 029 2063 6464 or visit www.wmc.org.uk