Artist: Ohibo Paronti Album: The Ballad of Ivy Gould
Release Date: 29.4.22
Label: SWND Records SWNDOP01
The album, the third from Ohibo, has been inspired by a front-page newspaper article from the Empire News, dated 26th March 1933.
The ten songs all link to form one complete story about the tragic life and death of Ivy Gould at the hands of her estranged and violent husband Abel.
Research into those involved, together with the newspaper article, enabled the songs to be written around facts, together with ‘artistic license’ to ‘fill in the gaps.’ The initial song ideas were passed to Keith and Ian by Allan and were developed in the studio to the recorded works you hear on the Album. The journey is designed to show how perceived joy and happiness can turn into deep sadness and horror, before giving a final song of eternal hope for all.
Forty years ago, Aberdare’s Rhode Island Red had a colourful past from being told to be quiet by boxer Howard Winston to waking the dead at a funeral parlour, cue the realisation that they were not the only band touring that moniker.
Unfortunately, they had just produced a pile of merchandise so with the help of some public house graffiti they picked a band name that wouldn’t be replicated elsewhere.
Newly christened Ohibo Paronti, the group performed BBC Wales showcases and high-profile gigs including Hammersmith Odeon led to them being muted as support for a forthcoming North American tour with the mighty Queen, but then the wheels fell off when a management change at the record company left them out in the cold.
They carried on purveying a handy line in West Coast harmonies and Steely Dan-style musings with some harder-edged covers (including a fabulous version of The Doors’ ‘Been Down So Long’) to local audiences before calling it a day.
An interesting side story in Welsh Music that took a personal tragedy and a global pandemic to bring the three Paronti members back together to rework some old tunes and produce some exciting new material to help them endure lockdown.
Ohibo Paronti remains Allan Price Ian Davies Keith Evans