Games of Thrones’ worst villain performed intimate Newport club gig and fans loved it


He is famous for playing one of the most terrifying villains in recent television history, scaring millions of fans around the world with his murderous behavior.

But last night, Game of Thrones’ Iwan Rheon – AKA the villainous Ramsay Bolton in the HBO hit fantasy series – seemed happier to win hearts than tear them away.

Ditching the saber for an acoustic guitar, the 36-year-old Carmarthen-born actor showed up at the Newport Pub to perform a selection of songs in front of a large crowd – some of which are believed to have traveled from the United States. to attend the concert.

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Dressed in a T-shirt that read “Popty Ping” – the famous Welsh word coined for “microwave” – ​​Rheon performed a number of original songs in English and Welsh.

“The crowd really loved his vocals and his guitar playing,” said spectator Ray Collins, who runs Newport-based music label Country Mile Records.

“I was there to see The Hanging Stars and Burning Ferns who have both been making great records lately, but Iwan was the first on stage.

“The hall was almost full at 8:30 pm when he appeared. It was only a short set but he was very confident and impressed a lot of people. He joined his brother Aled for a duet towards the end and the crowd went loved it. There were even some in the audience who had taken a special trip from America just to see it. “

It was a big change from how GoT fans know him best.

However, music is nothing new for Rheon, who formed his first band – The Convictions – at age 16 while attending Ysgol Glantaf in Cardiff.

Since then he has released numerous EPs and a 2015 album titled Dinard – named after the place in northern France where he met his model, musician and actress girlfriend Zoe Grisedale.

The couple had a baby boy together in 2018, to whom Rheon dedicated one of the songs from last night’s show.

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