Many performers have been keeping busy online during the coronavirus lockdown – none more so than actress, singer and writer Carys Eleri, who has released two hilarious comedy songs for charity.
Carys, who first came to my attention in the little known 2008 film, Merlin and the War of the Dragons (a kind of mini Welsh Game of Thrones without the sex or the budget), has won plaudits over the past year or so, for her one-woman music/comedy/science show Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff).
Now in lockdown with her mam in west Wales (a source of much entertainment to her Twitter followers like me), Carys has written and performed two more brilliant comedy songs to help buy PPE for health workers.
Fat ‘N’ Clean is a groovy bass-driven tune (which wouldn’t sound out of place on Jazz FM’s summer playlist) while Beyond The Fence has the Shirley Bassey vibe of a classic Bond theme.
Both deal with the loneliness (well, let’s be honest, the sexual frustrations) of lockdown.
I asked her how the songs came about. “I wrote the bones of Fat ‘N’ Clean quite early on,” she told me. “But it was originally far filthier. The lyric was supposed to be ‘I’m gonna flick my bean till Halloween!’
“Then I was approached by Mach [Machynlleth] Comedy Festival to write some lockdown tunes for their takeover of Radio Wales, and so as it was going to be aired on a Saturday afternoon … I went for ‘I’m gonna be fat ‘n’ clean for Halloween’! I think the production – which has serious bass – is still a bit risqué, but across the board friendly!
“Beyond the Fence was imagined after that, and I was so up for a Bond vibe. Total lockdown drama!”
If you buy both here, all proceeds go to Tarian Cymru for PPE.