STEVIE STEPS MAC IN TIME
Sep 16 2007
by James McCarthy, Wales On Sunday
FLEETWOOD Mac rock goddess Stevie Nicks is set for a comeback with a project based on ancient Welsh stories.
The star is interpreting 12th Century tales of the medieval Mabinogion and has hinted the work could be transformed into a cartoon.
The Mabinogion is a collection of stories from medieval Welsh manuscripts. They are partly based on early medieval events, but almost certainly hark back to older Iron Age traditions.
And Stevie, 59, says she can’t wait to rewrite ancient Welsh history for the modern age.
She said: “It’s almost like this has been laid out for me by the Gods – or whomever – that this will be the next 20 years of my life.
“It could be a movie, it could be a record. It could be a couple of records. It could be a mini-series. It could be an animated cartoon. There is no end to what this could be because the stories are so fantastic.”
It’s not the first time the singer/songwriter has dabbled in things Welsh.
Nicks’ 1976 song Rhiannon, from the album Fleetwood Mac, was inspired by a novel featuring two characters named Branwen and Rhiannon.
She later bought an Afghan hound and named it after the Branwen character.
Stevie, who is working hard on her Welsh project but says she was recently interrupted by a call from her manager.
She said: “We started in that totally scholarly ‘you-are-a- student-of-Welsh- mythology place’.
“And then I got a call from my manager saying, ‘I need you to come to Vegas right now because Celine Dion and Elton John are playing back-to-back at Caesar’s Palace, and they want you to do a week there.
“He told me, ‘It’s really good money and you don’t have to travel very far’. And I’m, like, ‘I’m on a spiritual quest here. I really cannot come to Vegas’. And he’s like, ‘Stevie, you have to, please, just come tomorrow’.”
So did Nicks stick to her spiritual guns? Nope.
“We went to Vegas,” she said.