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Follow Gruff Rhys as he searches for the true story of John Evans, and his quest to find a long lost tribe of Welsh speaking native Americans!
-The amazing story told through 100 messages, including pieces of artwork, animations, prose, film clips and original music
-Features original words, audio, music and sound effects by Gruff Rhys.
-Includes music and extracts from Gruff’s Investigative Concert Tour™
-Read and listen in English or Welsh
-Original artwork by Pete Fowler
-Share your favourite messages via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest
In 1792 John Evans, a twenty-two-year-old farmhand from Snowdonia, left Wales travelled to America to discover whether there was, as widely believed, a Welsh-speaking Native American tribe, believed to be the descendants of superhero Welsh prince Madog, still walking the great plains.
During the course of an extraordinary adventure, Evans wrestled the largest river reptiles ever seen in the Mississippi, hunted bison with the Omaha tribe, defected to the Spanish in St. Louis, annexed North Dakota from the British, and created the map that guided Lewis and Clark on their legendary expedition.
In the summer of 2012, Gruff Rhys- himself a distant relative of Evans- retraced the explorer’s route through the heart of the continent by means of an “Investigative Concert Tour™” – a series of solo gigs accompanied by little more than an acoustic guitar, a PowerPoint presentation and a three-foot high felt avatar of John Evans.
American Interior is an exploration of how wild fantasies interact with hard history and how myth-making can inspire humans to partake in crazy, vain pursuits of glory, including exploration, war and the creative arts.
Two men. Two quests. Two centuries apart.
You have 100 New Messages.
If you know and love the works of The Super Furry Animals then you will be well aware of the creative genius of Gruff Rhys, a man of true Welsh bardic tradition.
In this App Gruff tells a tale of a hitherto unsung hero, the legendary John Evans in his quest to find a tribe of Welsh/American Indians in the late 18th Century. During his adventure John inadvertently maps the American interior!
The App tells the tale by following the route of John, leaving 100 multimedia messages along the way.
Some of the messages are funny, others poignant.
You will learn, you will laugh and you will feel a sense of loss for broken culture along the way. You may even find yourself questioning your own history.
Gruff's long association with artist Pete Fowler ensures a visual treat in this romantic history of Celtic cartography in a strange land.
Does John Evans, (the hitherto unsung hero now sung about by one of the greatest bards of our time), find a tribe of pale skinned men living in the Welsh tradition? The answer lies within these hundred unread messages, it is for you to read them!
This exercise in alternative history is well worth the journey.
Gruff Rhys's astonishing American Interior project is given a different perspective through this nifty little app. It's really immersive and well constructed. Everything about this multimedia homage to his distant relative gets me giddy and this app is another neatly executed part of a fantastic story. I'm seeing the film
and two off his shows this week so this informative program is giving me some much needed context and background! Nice one Gruff 😃
Such a rare thing - a beautifully crafted App
An app, a work of art, a piece of entertainment, a book, a documentary…what is it. Well I think it’s a thing that makes me smile and I can’t stop turning the app on again and again and that’s good enough for me. Can’t wait to see the film.
- Category: Entertainment
- Released: 04 May 2014
- Version: 1.1
- Size: 616 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: Penguin Books
- © 2014 Penguin Books
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimised for iPhone 5.