Gareth Joy, On Air — November 24, 2016 at 3:18 pm — Updated: November 30, 2016 at 12:11 pm

#SoundsOfWales presents…Welsh Music Prize 2016


This was going to be a show about a glorious night of Welsh music that never quite was. When we first heard about the twelve-strong shortlist for one of the industry’s biggest nights of the year, all told it was going to be a magnificent occasion – live music, street food, after party raves, the works…all within a hipster’s paradise at a reborn abandoned warehouse in Cardiff.

That was the plan. And then, the neighbours got wind of how noisy it might be. They’ve had problems in the past, apparently. So, short of making the long trek south for an announcement (and a burger), we’ve had to rejig our latest Sounds of Wales special, too.

welshmusicprizeThankfully, with an award that always recognises the eclecticism and diversity of Welsh music product, we’re in good stead. Past winners have ranged from the dirty noise pop of Joanna Gruesome to delectable harp folk from Georgia Ruth – and some will argue that few Welsh albums will ever top last year’s winner – the dystopian electronica of Y Dydd Olaf from Gwenno.

A sixty-strong jury of music producers, DJ, critics, pluggers and promoters came up with this year’s shortlist, taking in the elder statesman of new wave Cymraeg, thrash rock, two competing Race Horses, a folk family, romance rewritten, and a guest appearance from Stewart Lee.

A jury of twelve came up with the winner – the Meilyr Jones masterpiece 2013 – infact, we played their winning album in full on this special. But whatever the result, we can assess and appreciate not just how Welsh music is in such a healthy state, but what artists both new and established can and will deliver.

To that end, please enjoy our free music playlist – including a couple of tracks which didn’t make the cut upon our first broadcast. And you won’t have to worry about the neighbours, either.

The nominees…


9 BACH – Anian
Released: April 2016
Label: Real World Records
Featured tracks: Llyn Du, Yr Olaf


ALUN GAFFEY – Alun Gaffey
Released: February 2016
Label: Sbrigyn Ymborth
Featured tracks: Deiniasoriaid, Yr Afon


CATE LE BON – Crab Day
Released: April 2016
Label: Drag City / Turnstile / Caroline International
Featured tracks: Crab Day / We Might Revolve


Released: July 2016
Label: Staylittle Music
Featured tracks: Graves, Heading South


DATBLYGU – Porwr Trallod
Released: December 2015
Label: Ankst
Featured tracks: Llawenydd Diwethidra, Je Suis David


Released: March 2016
Label: Moshi Moshi
Featured tracks: Return to Life, Featured Artist


Released: November 2015
Label: Sbrigyn Ymborth
Featured tracks: Golwng Gafael, Byd o Wydr


RIGHT HAND LEFT HAND – Right Hand Left Hand
Released: February 2016
Label: Jealous Records
Featured tracks: Fermat’s Last Theorem, Tarts and Darts


SIMON LOVE – It Seemed Like A Good Idea at The Time
Released: August 2015
Label: Fortuna POP!
Featured tracks: The Meaning of Love (ft. Stewart Lee), Wowie Zowie


Released: October 2015
Label: Napalm Records
Featured tracks: Sound the Siren, Under Attack


SWNAMI – Swnami
Released: August 2015
Label: Recordiadau I KA Ching
Featured tracks: Cynnydd, Trwmgwsg


THE ANCHORESS – Confessions of A Romance Novelist
Released: January 2016
Label: Society of Sound
Featured tracks: You and Only You (ft. Paul Harper), Confessions of a Romance Novelist

Sounds of Wales returns over the Christmas holidays with another brand new selection of Welsh music and a review of the year. You can also hear our Track of the Week on Drivetime, every Friday from 4-7pm.

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