Cian Ciaran

Cian Ciarán

Cian Ciarán performing with Super Furry Animals at the Summer Sonic Festival, Tokyo, Japan on 10 August 2008.
Background information
Born (1976-06-16) 16 June 1976
Bangor, Wales
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Keyboards
backing vocals
Associated acts Super Furry Animals
Acid Casuals
Zefur Wolves

Cian Ciarán (born 16 June 1976 in Bangor, Wales)[1] is a Welsh musician best known as the keyboard player in the band Super Furry Animals.[1]


Ciarán plays keyboards, guitar, drums and sings, and is a songwriter, composer and producer. Prior to the formation of Super Furry Animals, he played in the electronica group WWZZ.[2] He has been a member of techno collective Acid Casuals[1] and is currently producing under the names Paps, Kirkland and as himself. He has guested with, produced and mixed several artists, including Kaiser Chiefs,[3]Mogwai,[4] and Manic Street Preachers.[5]

His first solo single "Martina Franca", was released in June 2012, with the full album, Outside In, released in July 2012 on Strangetown Records. Ciarán's second solo album, They Are Nothing Without Us,[6] was released in 2013.

In 2013 and 2014 Ciarán took part in several anti-nuclear and pro-clean energy protests,[7] including a solo performance at the top of a wind turbine in Norfolk in September 2013.[8][9] In 2013, he travelled to Fukishima, Japan to witness the devastation from the nuclear power plant meltdown in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.[10] He appeared as a guest on the Channel 5 programme The Wright Stuff in 2013 to discuss his views.[11]

Ciarán is also label manager for SomBom and Strangetown Records.[12] As part of Strange Village,[13] a television production company, Ciaran and his brother Dafydd Ieuan were presented with a BAFTA Cymru Award for the soundtrack to Pen Talar,[14] and were nominated for awards in 2012 for Alys and 2013 for Gerallt.[15][16]

Personal life

Ciarán's brother is musician Dafydd Ieuan and he also has two sisters.[1] His father, Dr. Carl Iwan Clowes OBE, is an anti-nuclear campaigner, health consultant and official consulate in Wales for African country Lesotho. His mother's name is Dorothi.[7][17][18] Ciarán's partner is musician Estelle Ios. The two lead the band Zefur Wolves, while Ios is also a member of the group Baby Queens, who Ciarán manages as part of Strangetown Records.


Solo albums

Acid Casuals

Ciaran & Wilding


2000 Beautiful Mistake (Camgymeriad Gwych) (with Super Furry Animals) (himself)
2004 9 Songs (with Super Furry Animals) (himself)


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Cian Ciaran biography". BBC. Retrieved 9 November 2007.
  2. BBC Wales Music Cian Ciaran
  3. "Medieval marketing: a winner for Kaiser Chiefs' return". Music Week. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  4. Stratton, edited by Andy Bennett, Jon (2010). Britpop and the English music tradition. Farnham, Surrey, England: Ashgate. ISBN 9780754668053.
  5. "Manic Street Preachers stream new song 'Europa Geht Durch Mich' – listen". NME. IPC Media. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  6. Super Furry Animals' Cian Ciaran announces release of second solo album, NME
  7. 1 2 "Rock star Cian Ciaran speaks of his fears over the building of a nuclear energy plant in Wales". WalesOnline. 15 December 2013.
  8. Adam Vaughan (25 September 2013). "Super Furry Animals' keyboardist to perform atop wind turbine". The Guardian.
  9. "Super Furry Animals' Cian Ciaran plays wind turbine protest gig". BBC News. 26 September 2013.
  10. "Rock star Cian Ciaran speaks of his fears over the building of a nuclear energy plant in Wales". Wales Online. 15 December 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  11. Fletcher, Alex (26 September 2013). "Digital Spy". Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  12. Owens, David (15 June 2012). "What the Super Furry Animals did next". Wales Online. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  13. Rocksucker
  14. "Pen Telar". S4C. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  15. BAFTA Cymru
  16. Waldram, Hannah (27 August 2010). "Super Furry Animals break to pursue solo projects". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
  18. 2012 New Year Honours#Officer of the Order of the British Empire .28OBE.29
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