Off // Kilter

As part of the new look Swn Festival, we are proud to have announced a partnership with the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) to bring a new event to Cardiff on October 7th.

With a quieter, more experimental feel than some of the more raucous events hosted by Sŵn, off // kilter will give ticket holders the chance to be a part of several completely different musical experiences, in the impressive setting of the world-class Royal Welsh College.

From the raw, folk-infused songs of RICHARD DAWSON, to experimental sounds brought by Welsh electronic duo COTTON WOLF and haunting vocals from RHAIN, to a theatrical performance by ED DOWIE, and anything from ambient to pop vibes with VORHEES. The artists will perform in different spaces around RWCMD, encouraging the audience to move around to see them all.

Promoter and Sŵn Festival co-founder, John Rostron, said: “With this year’s new format for Sŵn, we wanted to create events that were not previously possible within the confines of one weekend and limited venues and audience.

“For the first time, we’re bringing a group of artists you wouldn’t necessarily expect to find at the Royal Welsh College. Performances will alternate between spaces so you can come and watch all half dozen. It’s a more off kilter version of Sŵn, hence the name. We want people to go on a journey through electronics, sonics and voice with some remarkable talent in a beautiful building.”

To read John’s blog about the event and how it came to be, click here For more on the artists, scroll to the bottom of the page.

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Richard Dawson

Rising up from the bed of the River Tyne, a voice that crumbles and soars, that is steeped  in age-old balladry and finely-chiselled observations of the mundane, Richard Dawson is a skewed troubadour at once charming and abrasive. His shambolically virtuosic guitar playing stumbles from music-hall tune-smithery to spidery swatches of noise-colour, swathed in amp static and teetering on the edge of feedback. His songs are both  chucklesome and tragic, rooted in a febrile imagination that references worlds held dear and worlds unknown.

Ed Dowie

Ed started making music in the late 1990s with Brothers in Sound, who released three EPs and an album on Regal Recordings and BMG. During a 10 year hiatus, he studied music in Leicester, York and Montreal, and composed music for theatre and short films. He returned to the music industry in 2012 as a solo artist performing under his own name. In 2016 he joined the ranks of Lost Map Records (Pictish Trail, Rozi Plain) who released his debut album, The Uncle Sold, in January 2017.


Vorhees is the nom de guerre of New York City-based audio engineer and composer Dana Wachs. Vorhees embraces ambient form and pop structure in equal measure within her compositions. Live, her guitar tones are processed and extracted through a haze of vintage gear, conjuring dulcet riffs to aggressive, sneering fuzz over muted electronic beats. Her lyrics explore intimate observations with vocals alternating from alien to heartbreakingly human.


RHAIN has released her debut EP Oscar November Echo following on from support at Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, The Independent and a number of brilliant tastemakers online. Having recently performed in support of the likes of Lucy Rose and Rufus Wainwright, at a whole host of festivals over the summer (including End of the Road and Bluedot) and at a number of exciting showcases (for: BBC R3 Late Junction, Drowned In Sound and many more) she is beginning to earn herself a fervent fan-base in the UK.

Cotton Wolf

Recruited to the Bubblewrap roster in 2017, Cotton Wolf is the collective moniker of Welsh ‘Super Producer’ Llion Robertson and classically-trained composer Seb Goldfinch. Their first LP for Bubblewrap, Life In Analogue, is set for release in April 2017. Comprising epic classical strings, synths and minimalist vocals, it marks the culmination of nearly two years of development in the studio. Themed around the connection and disconnection found in our interactions with technology, the electronic backdrops are mediated through the pair’s deft, warming and human approach to production.