Dylan poem to be performed as a jazz song in his old bedroom
A DYLAN Thomas poem will be performed as a jazz song in the poet’s old bedroom next Sunday to mark his birthday.
Swansea group Afternoon in Paris will premiere their original gypsy jazz style musical interpretation of Dylan’s poem The Clown in the Moon at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive - where the poet was born on October 27, 1914.
Although the date will be the 99th anniversary of the birth of Dylan Thomas the house where is was born and lived for 23 years the day before it will also be celebrating his 5th Birthday.
Geoff Haden, who runs the home as a living museum, said: “The Clown in the Moon was written in this house when Dylan was just fourteen years old.
“At some stage the group will perform in the front bedroom where Dylan was born and which has become the unique starting point for anyone wishing to understand the work and life of Dylan Thomas.”
Of the landmark dates he added: “When Dylan’s daughter Aeronwy open the restored house in 2008 we started the clock running again from 1914 so this year is 1919 in 5 Cwmdonkin Drive time.
“Because the Thomas family were chapel goers they would not have had a party on his actual birthday which is Sunday, October 27, so Saturday fits in perfectly and a prelude to his centenary birthday next year.
“We’re going to have real party food as described by Aeronwy of a party she went to in Laugharne with things like Spam sandwiches, jelly and blancmange and fizzy orange pop which I think both adults and children will enjoy at the two parties in one.”
Band member Susanna Clar said: “As lifelong Dylan Thomas fans we feel privileged to be playing at his childhood home, 5 Cwmdonkin Drive.
“Dylan's work is inspirational and to celebrate the occasion of his 99th birthday we've set his poem The Clown In The Moon to music. We'll be giving the world Premiere of this new song in the house. The music, along with a 1950s inspired tea party, blancmange and spam sandwiches, promises to make this afternoon a truly enjoyable and unique event. “