Tom Jones records track by Breton-Welsh singer songwriter
A Breton-Welsh singer songwriter is celebrating as music legend Tom Jones has recorded one of her songs on his latest album.
Katell Keineg’s track “One Hell of a Life” features on a newly released extended edition of Sir Tom’s latest album, Surrounded by Time (The Hourglass Edition).
Sharing her delight on Twitter, Keineg said: “TOM JONES RECORDED MY SONG!!! If you’re a songwriter, there’s no greater honour than to have one of the great voices sing your song, if you’re a Welsh songwriter…I literally took to my bed to recover from the shock. One Hell of A Life, out today. Thank you, Tom! Diolch o galon.”
TOM JONES RECORDED MY SONG!!!
If you're a songwriter, there's no greater honour than to have one of the great voices sing your song, if you're a Welsh songwriter…I literally took to my bed to recover from the shock. One Hell Of A Life, out today. Thank you Tom! Diolch o galon. https://t.co/sYVRHT5HA8
— Katell Keineg (@KatellKeineg) December 3, 2021
In an interview with the i magazine, Jones describes curating the covers on the album as a way of documenting his current feelings.
He said: “I’ve been in the business a long time, but I’ve never done that before – got together songs that reflect my life” and through Keineg’s song, start “facing up to advancing age”.
He added: “You have to realise, how long do I have? You can’t push it away. I’m not going to live for ever.”
Katell Keineg was born in Brittany to Breton poet and playwright, Paol Keineg and her Welsh political activist mother, Judith Pritchard.
Raised between Brittany and the Rhymney Valley by parents who campaigned for independence in their respective countries, Katell studied law at the London School of Economics before moving between Cardiff, Dublin and New York writing and performing her songs at gigs and festivals.
Having released a number of albums and EPs singing in Welsh and English, she has performed at her friend, Jeff Buckley’s memorial concert and sung with Iggy Pop. She has also sung with and had her songs performed by Natalie Merchant.