jez by Dorry Spikes[5]

Image by Dorothy Spikes

Jez Danks presents stories & music from the menagerie of human life.

An old violin rescued from a bonfire was the starting point for Jez Danks’ lifelong interest in music and performance, his first role being King Herod in the infant school Nativity play. Later he worked as a musician, teacher, farm worker, builder, decorator, lorry driver and Museum technician. The people he met in these various occupations form the basis for many of the stories he tells today.

“Jez is a stori-wr, a story man, from Trefenter in Ceredigion. A musician, an artist, a man who speaks the language of story, as the folk poets spoke poetry in everyday conversation. He has told tales on many an occasion at the Arts Centre, once as Dai Verse, and wrote the music for the film The Funeral of the Last Gypsy King. Jez doesn’t do Facebook. The image is by illustrator Dorry Spikes who remembers Jez telling her tales. “When I was young I used to go to art classes with Haley and piano lessons with Jez at Wern Fach in Llangwyryfon. It was a tall and beautiful old farm house that smelt of stone in the shade, sesame seeds and rose oil with lots of hats in the attic. Sometimes after a morning’s drawing or in the candlelight of a messy party table Jez would tell us stories…” Dorry Spikes.

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