WHAT do pop megastar Rihanna and country singer The Welsh Whisperer have in common?
Both performers turned to Corwen’s Ifor Williams Trailers when they needed to carry their kit on a tour.
Rihanna’s team opted for a touring brand wrapped van for the 14,000-mile marathon across Europe, while rising star Welsh Whisperer, aka Andrew Walton, chose a cattle trailer to film his very first television series, performing in six communities in Wales.
As well as being used to haul all of its gear, the trailer towed by a trusty Land Rover Defender, features in the title sequence traveling the highways and roads of Wales and forms the backdrop for the concert at the end of each program.
According to the singer, he and the team had a particularly warm welcome at Llanrhaeadr, just outside Denbigh.
They filmed at the village school and met Barry Evans, a third generation partner at a local institution, car dealership Pentre Motors.
The Welsh Whisperer has also teamed up with the trio of comedic singers, Y Tri Digri (The Three Funny Ones), which includes auctioneer Ruthin Glyn Owens, Denbigh builder John Sellers and farmer Llannefydd Dilwyn Pierce, who perform also individually as standing actors.
The three funny men joined the Welsh Whisperer to perform a song praising the local community that was written especially for the social distance concert at the end of the program.
The Welsh Whisperer, originally from Cwmfelin Mynach in Carmarthenshire and now living in Bethesda in Gwynedd, can’t wait to see the Saturday night show, titled Welsh Whisperer: Ni’n Teitho Nawr (We’re Traveling Now), to start on S4C then Spring.
He said: “I have made a lot of TV appearances but this is my first series and it has been fantastic traveling around Wales especially during that time.
“It was tough, of course, but it’s remarkable how much we’ve been able to do away from home.
“We visit six communities across the country, meet all kinds of colorful characters and I can’t wait to see that on screen.
“We had such a warm welcome in Llanrhaeadr and it is a beautiful area, I must say.
“We have an Ifor Williams cattle trailer as part of the set that spawns in each area and carries the kit, hay bales, lights and everything. I wouldn’t want another trailer because it’s so iconic.
“I sang about the transport company Mansel Davies and now I think I’ll have to write a song about Ifor Williams Trailers.
“I have to admit that I wasn’t aware of the Rihanna connection until now, so I’m obviously in good company – but I doubt we would ever share the same scene.”
Ifor Williams Trailers project coordinator Lois Wynne really enjoyed the concert.
She said: “We were only too happy to let the Welsh Whisperer use one of our cattle trailers for the series which is essentially a celebration of our wonderful communities across Wales.
“As a community business, the series fits perfectly with our own philosophy.
“We keep amazed at the different uses people find for our trailers.
“In addition to being used for the Rihanna tour, the creators of the MTV Pimp My Ride UK program contacted us to provide us with a trailer to feature on the show.
“Our trailers were also filmed with Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara Phillips, and a computer-generated unicorn for a television commercial promoting the National Lottery.
“Others have been converted into the world’s smallest mobile mini cheese factory, a mobile sauna and a snowmaking machine in Norway.
“But it was nice to see the cattle trailer being used closer to home by the Welsh Whisperer and we’re sure their first TV series will be a hit with viewers on S4C.”