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Welsh Mod: Our Story

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Welsh Mod: Our Story is a project that will culminate in a high-quality, hard-back photographic book of 150 pages plus, documenting the roots and revival of the mod sub-culture in Wales from the 60s through to the present day.

We will be speaking to Welsh musicians, fashion designers, film directors, DJs, record collectors and scooter enthusiasts about what mod means to them and how it has changed their life.

The book will include interviews with those who were part of ‘the scene’ in the 60s with interview planned with musicians such as Andy Fairweather Low and Welsh-born fashion designer, Jeff Banks, as well as those who were introduced to mod in the punk/new-wave era such as The Alarm's Mike Peters and Richard Parfitt of The Colours and later the 60ft Dolls and award-winning writer and film director Jonathan Owen.

But this isn’t just about famous people. The life-blood of this book will be the club night promoters, record collectors, vintage clothes traders and scooter enthusiasts across Wales who are keeping the mod scene alive.

We will also explore why the uniquely Welsh landscape and the South Wales valleys in particular seemed to spawn a massive mod revival in the late 70s and 80s. How ‘valley’ life, with its small clusters of towns and villages, many with their own Italian cafes favoured by the mods, was the perfect playground for young mods who wanted to make something of themselves. We will also hear about the mod scenes’ close connections with football in Wales and why style on the terraces was so important.

All these stories in people’s own words will be told against a backdrop of stunning photography by Welsh cameraman and photographer Haydn Denman. His documentary style of photography will capture perfectly the character and depth of the Welsh landscape and its people.

There has never been a book of this type that pays tribute to the mod scene in Wales. This will be a first. The book will be written by journalist, writer and mod enthusiast Claire Mahoney and hopes to give a uniquely Welsh take on Britain’s most enduring subculture and will appeal anyone interested in photography, fashion, subcultures and of course, Wales.

As this is a crowd-funded project, this book cannot happen without your help. If its the type of publication you would like to see on your own bookshelf and stocked in Welsh bookshops, then you need to pledge your support to help make it a reality.


What happens when you pledge:

No money is taken from your bank account until we reach our funding target on 12 January 2018. If you don't want a copy of the book, but just want to support us you can do that too. You can pledge any amount from £5.00 upwards. Once we reach our target we aim to have the book ready for November 2018. There will be a book launch which all pledgers will be invited to. As you can see we have already started work – interviewing and taking photographs to give you as much of an idea of the look and feel of the book as we can. We are committed to making this a high-quality publication that you will be proud to own and have been a part of.

Diolch/Thank you.

About us

Claire Mahoney

Claire is a journalist, editor and broadcaster with over 25 years experience in media, she is also passionate about the mod scene, having first got hooked at the age of 13 when she first heard Secret Affair’s Glory Boys album. Since then she has written extensively about the mod scene for,, as well as contributing the foreword to the book Ready Steady Girls, published by Mark Baxter, Ian Snowball and Jason Brummell. She has also made regular appearances on BBC Radio Wales to speak about The Jam, Paul Weller, Mod and 60s soul music and has presented at the first The Jam Literary Event in London, where she interviewed renowned photographer Derek D’Souza.
Email Claire

Haydn Denman

Haydn has worked as a documentary photographer for over twenty years. He has received numerous commissions along with British Council and Arts Council Awards to document communities and regions here in Wales, but also in other parts of the world such as Patagonia, the Arctic, South Africa, Palestine and the US. His photographs have figured in numerous exhibitions and publications and collections of his work are held at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth and Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales. Parallel with his photographic career, Haydn works as a television documentary cameraman and director and has won a BAFTA Cymru for best documentary and factual camera work on two occasions, 2000 and 2008.
Visit Haydn’s website

Kevin Bridgeman
Art Director

Kevin Bridgeman has over 20 years experience as a graphic designer. In 2007 he set up Dovetail Communications Ltd in Cardiff, which handles a range of design, marketing and editorial work for both UK and international clients in the Middle East and Australia. He works with clients on all aspects of design for their businesses, from branding to website design and email marketing with a specialism in editorial design.


  • “Mod to me is about being open and not being closed. There are no rules. It’s not just about the 60's and scooters, it’s also about fashion and nice design – it’s about getting the best of everything and being open to all cultures.”

    Eddie Crole
    DJ and Mod, Porthcawl
  • “Me and my friend Mike Vincent found this shop called The Regal in London and got quite friendly with the owner. Cardiff had quite a limited choice of clothes at the time – particularly the psychedelic stuff we were interested in.”

    James Parker
    DJ and promoter, Cardiff
  • “By the age of 12 or 13 I was a proper weirdo. I’d be going into school raving about Georgie Fame’s ‘Somebody Stole My Thunder’ – and the kids at school would be like: “What are you talking about? We are into Level 42!”

    Jonny Owen
    Writer and film director
  • “Anything to get an edge. Rounded jacket fronts. Two three and even four button jackets. The boxy Italian jackets had short side vents maybe two or three inches long at the most.”

    Jeff Banks
    Fashion designer
  • “I was 19 when I got my first scooter. I had no wing mirrors simply because I couldn’t afford them. It was lucky that I could afford the the crash bars and the screen.”

    Geoff Nicholas
    Original mod, Gwent
  • “My red denim jacket with dogtooth trousers was my trademark look. The trousers would usually be second hand too because they would be better fabric. I would wear them with suede shoes. I even used to carry a suede brush around with me.”

    Paul Mansfield
    Mod, Newport

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  • Plus a limited edition A2 poster