Gwenno

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Currently, I’m listening to Gwenno’s new album Y Dydd Olaf, which I hope you’re already getting excited about. It’s a political concept album that refuses to take it from society lying down. Here’s a little summin’ summin’ to whet your appetite. The album is out on October 27th and will be available as a vinyl, limited edition cd and a download.

I wanted to end this post by sharing with you my favourite line from Peski’s blurb of the album, just because I loved it.

ANTI-POP STAR DROPS TIMELESS AND TIMELY DEBUT ALBUM

Welsh Music Prize: Nominations

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Nominations are out today for this year’s Welsh Music Prize. Some you probably will have heard, others, perhaps not. The huge variety is testament to the wealth of music coming from Wales at the moment, in both languages.  I feel like I should declare my interests at the start. I am humbled to be on the distinguished panel this year, along with Helen Weatherhead (BBC 6Music)Sian Rowe (XL Recordings); Folu Babatola (Red Bull)Owain Schiavone (Y Selar)Laura Snapes (NME)Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons / Communion); David Wrench (Producer) and James Watts (Xenomania).  For more information on the artists right now, click here.

9 Bach  – Tincian

Cate Le Bon – Mug Museum

Euros Childs – Situation Comedy

Future of the Left – How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident

Gruff Rhys – American Interior

Gulp – Season Sun

Joanna Gruesome – Weird Sister

Manic Street Preachers – Futurology

Samoans – Rescue

Slowly Rolling Camera – Slowly Rolling Camera

The Gentle Good – Y Bardd Anfarwol

The People The Poet – The Narrator

There will be a gig with some of the nominated artists on November 27th. Then the winner will be announced in a special ceremony on Friday November 28th. See you there.

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Last year’s prize was won by ‘Week of Pines’, Georgia Ruth. So let’s take a moment to remember how good it was.

Tree of Wolves

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New music by Tree of Wolves. The weather has only recently turned, but this may go someway to meting your icy cold heart. ‘Let the Night Take Me’ was recorded in ‘rural Pembrokeshire’, so Pembrokeshire (we don’t do tautology at Juxtapozed) by the band’s five members- Aled Thomas, Gruffydd Wyn Owen, Mark Howells, Ray Thomas and Charli Bicknell. The single is self-released on November the third. However if you’d prefer to see them live, their dates are below.

Nov 1st – LONDON, Dublin Castle

Nov 7th – NEWPORT, Le Pub

Nov 14th – PORTH, The Pop Factory

Nov 16th, – CARDIFF, Oxjam

Nov 22nd – ABERYSTWYTH, Rugby Club

I Fight Lions

Originally posted on cymraeginthekingdom:

I apologise for the lack of posts recently, the summer holidays, work, life and my own musical pursuits have consumed my time recently.
I’m back with a post about the brilliantly named ‘I Fight Lions’. I doubt I will ever get the chance to fight a real lion but if I did, I would want to listen to this band in the moments beforehand whilst putting away copious amounts of Jack Daniels.
I first heard this band on OCHR 1 and I was impressed by their song ‘Chwara Hi’n Saff’, the video is great, strange and abstract which is right up my street. I regret not seeing this band play at FOCUS Wales and I really hope they are playing next year because I will certainly be at the front and pestering the band for a set list after the gig.
In true cymraeginthekingdom style I will list my top…

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Highlights// Uchafbwyntiau Eisteddfod 2014

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Llun: Eisteddfod Genedlaethol

This year, the National Eisteddfod is being held in Llanelli and promises to be a bumper week. It has started since Saturday and will go on until next Saturday. Between now and then, there are loads of things to see and hear and it promises to be an exciting showcase of the Welsh language music scene in Wales. Of the hundreds of gigs that will be taking place throughout the week in various venues, here are some of the shows and events that I highly recommend. It’s clear that the Eisteddfod have gone to great lengths this year to give a more prominent stage to contemporary music, side by side with the competition and culture that is traditionally associated with the Eisteddfod. A move that I am incredibly pleased about.

Eleni, yn Llanelli mae’r Eisteddfod Genedlaethol, a mae’r arlwy yn edrych yn amrywiol ac addawol. Mae’r Eisteddfod wedi mynd i fwy o ymdrech eleni i adlewyrchu’r sin gerddorol yng Nghymru. Rhywbeth ‘dw i’n sicr yn ei groesawu ac yn edrych ymlaen i’w weld. Dyma rai o’r uchafbwyntiau i gadw llygad amdanyn nhw yn ystod yr wythnos.

Things to See and Do

Friend of Juxtapozed, Rhys Aneurin, artist and Yr Ods’ keyboardist has curated an exhibition of album sleeves. It is 40 years since the seminal LP, Salem by Endaf Emlyn was released and to celebrate, Rhys asked a group of people with an interest in music to choose their favourite sleeves and to write about them.

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Endaf Emlyn- Salem

Mae Rhys Aneurin, canwr ac allweddellwr Yr Ods wedi curadu arddangosfa o gloriau albymau Cymraeg ar gyfer y brifwyl. Deugain mlynedd ers rhyddhau Salem gan Endaf Emlyn, mi gomisiynodd yr Eisteddfod Rhys i roi casgliad o hoff gloriau gwahanol bobl sy’n ymwneud a cherddoriaeth yng Nghymru at ei gilydd. Mae’r arddangosfa i’w gweld trwy’r wythnos gyda esboniad byr gan y cyfrannwyr i gyd.

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Gigs

There is so much to get through, I’ve had to choose a small selection. There is a full list of Maes B and Cymdeithas gigs at the end of the post.

Dyma lond llaw o’r uchafbwyntiau, ond mae ‘na restr cyflawn o holl gigs Maes B a Chymdeithas yr Iaith i’w weld ar ddiwedd y post.

Wednesday// Dydd Mercher

Tonight is your only chance to see Yr Ods, they’re headlining Maes b. Sen Segur, Colorama, Gwenno, Y Reu, Mellt and Gramcon are also playing. A line-up that ticks all of my boxes, apart from the feminist one (go Gwenno!).

At the Ffwrnes Rugby Club, Cymdeithas yr Iaith have Casi Wyn, I Fight Lions, Yr Eira and Breichiau Hir. A lot of bang for your buck there. It’s £7 on the door. Tickets are available at the Cymdeithas yr Iaith stand, or check out their website for more details.

The unmissable show of the week I would argue is Chris Jones on the Llwyfan Perfformio (Performing stage) on the Maes at 4.30pm. He’s playing as part of the Horizons project. Don’t miss this.

Dyma’ch unig gyfle i weld Yr Ods, y nhw ydy’r prif artist ym Maes b heno. Gyda Sen Segur, Colorama, Gwenno, Y Reu, Mellt a Gramcon yno i’ch diddanu hefyd. Tybed os fydd Gramcon yno go iawn, neu ydy o jysd wedi gyrru CD i Guto Brychan? (A son am Guto, line up gwych heno, ond mae angen fwy o genod flwyddyn nesa.)

Yng Nghlwb Rygbi’r Ffwrnes, mae Cymdeithas yn cynnig Casi Wyn, I Fight Lions, Yr Eira a Breichiau Hir. Digon i’ch diddanu am £7 a mae’r tocynnau ar werth ar stondin Cymdeithas ar y maes, neu am fwy o fanylion, ewch i’w gwefan.

Trwy’r wythnos, y gig ‘dw i’n edrych ymlaen fwya iddo ydy Chris Jones, o brosiect Gorwelion, ar y Llwyfan Perfformio am 4.30yh. Cyfle prin i’r rheini ohonoch sydd ddim yn byw yn y Gogledd Orllewin i weld yr artist arbennig yma wrth ei waith.

Thursday// Dydd Iau

Once again, I’d say there are two choices tonight. If you missed Gwenno and Sen Segur the previous night, they’re playing at the Thomas Arms for Cymdeithas along with Plu and Tom ap Dan.

Candelas are headlining Maes B and they’re sure to bring the house down. Cowbois, R. Seiliog, Y Ffug, I Fight Lions and Breichiau Hir make up the rest of the line-up. Eclectic. The Nyth DJs will then keep you dancing until the wee hours.

Unwaith eto, fyswn i’n deud mai dau ddewis sy’na heno. Os fethoch chi Gwenno a Sen Segur nos Fercher, wel mae ‘na gyfle arall i’w gweld nw nos Iau yn y Thomas Arms fel rhan o gigs Cymdeithas gyda Plu a Tom ap Dan.

Candelas sy’n cloi Maes B sy’n siwr o fod yn barti ‘wyllt wirion. Mae Cowbois, R.Seiliog, Y Ffug, I Fight Lions a Breichiau Hir hefyd yn chwarae. Detholiad eclectic. Jocis Disg Nyth sy’n chwarae’r tiwns wedyn, cyn i bawb lenwi’r Gorlan wrth drio llenwi’ bolia gyda pot nwdls, byrgyrs rhad a’r efengyl.

Friday// Dydd Gwener

Go to the Thomas Arms for the Cymdeithas gig. Colorama, Gareth Bonello, Kizzy Crawford and Sion Richards provide the soundtrack, which I would say is a good deal for £9.

Heb amheuaeth, ewch i’r Thomas Arms i glywed Colorama, Gareth Bonello, Kizzy Crawford a Sion Richards. Mae £9 yn eitha drud, yndy, ond mi fyswn i’n dadla ei fod o werth pob ceiniog.

Saturday// Dydd Sadwrn

And it’s Saturday already, boy, didn’t that go quickly!

On the Maes at 4.30pm, don’t miss Saron. A rare chance to see the fictional signing to Klep dim Trep records. They will be appearing on the Llwyfan Perfformio (just before Plu). If you haven’t already, this album is excellent, and a very loyal companion on long road trips.

Maes B will be absolutely packed and the music won’t be too bad either. Swnami top the bill which will see their massive following go completely nuts. It’s ok though, you can just stand at the back and marvel at the crowd while repressing your urge to dance and sing all the words…

Endaf Gremlin, Yws Gwynedd, Bromas, Yr Ayes will keep the crowd happy…especially if Yws Gwynedd plays the Frizbee hits again. I promise not to get carried away this time. The winners of the battle of the band competition will also be there…whoever they may be.

A mai’n nos Sadwrn, fydd gen ti ddim llais a mae’n debyg y byddi di ar fin cael ryw fath o salwch eitha difrifol neith dy lorio di am weddill yr haf. Na phoener, gna’n siwr dy fod ti’n yfed digon o ddwr yn ystod y dydd a cym bro-plus i gadw chdi’n effro tan i’r cider black gicio mewn. Tydy ‘Steddfod mond yma unwaith y flwyddyn, cofia hynny.

Ar y Llwyfan Perfformio am 4.30yh, mae’r band Saron o’r ffug-label Klep dim Trep yn mynd i fod yn canu. Cyfle prin i weld y ddeuawd o’r chwedegau gyda’u tafodau yn eu bochau.

Un dewis sy’na heno mewn gwirionedd- Maes B. Yn dod a’r anrhefn i ben, mae Swnami sy’n siwr o fod yn noson i’w chofio. Mi fydd eu dilyniant yn colli’i pennau yn y blaen, ond sydd ddim raid i chi ymuno efo nw. Cofiwch blant, dyddiau yma mae popeth ‘da chi’n neud yn mynd i ymddangos ar facebook bore fory a ‘da chi’n siwr o ddifaru. Mae’r pobol yma o’r De/Gogledd/Gorllewin yn newydd i chi wythnos yma, ond mae Cymru yn fach. Mae’n debyg fyddwch chi’n rhannu fflat efo nw’n Senghennydd/Pantycelyn/JMJ flwyddyn nesa, felly peidiwch a gneud petha gwirion. Wedi deud hynny, os ydy pawb yn cytuno i yfed nes bod neb yn cofio, mi fydd pawb yn hapus.

Mae Endaf Gremlin, Yws Gwynedd, Bromas, Yr Ayes ac enillydd Brwydr y Bandiau hefyd yn mynd i fod yn chwarae. Mae’r rhan fwya o wrandawyr Radio Cymru eisioes yn gwybod geiriau caneuon newydd Yws Gwynedd, ond os ydy o’n chwarae hen ganeuon Frizbee, mi fydd na le. Ond ‘dw i’n gaddo na’i beidio joio gormod tro’ma.

‘Na fo. Mae na andros o lot mwy i’w drafod a’i weld, ond fyswn i ddim yn poeni am hynny, deud y gwir. 

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Tafwyl 2014

Congratulations to Menter Caerdydd on a superbly successful Tafwyl festival 2014. 17,000 people walked through the castle gates on Saturday, a quarter more than the previous year. Unfortunately I was working during the day, so I wasn’t able to enjoy any of it.

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Tafwyl

However the after-party in Clwb Ifor Bach was a triumph. It’s a shame there isn’t a turnout like that to every gig in Clwb…but hey…who cares…once a year is fine for me. And if it’s as manic as it was last night on that annual occasion, they might come back more often.

I managed to catch the last half of Y Reu’s set at Clwb Ifor Bach and absolutely loved it. Genuinely one of the most exciting bands I’ve seen in Welsh recently. I gather they usually have a drummer…but they don’t need one.

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Y Reu

Yws Gwynedd got a reception unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed before in Clwb. His new material went down a storm, but it was the old Frizbee classics that made the floor LITERAAALLLYYYY shake. Here is a taste of both.


 

A stage invasion for Swnami brought the night to a close. Here is the evidence…

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Y Ffug

I really like this band. They’re brilliant. They’re from Crymych.

Y Ffug have recently released an E.P., Cofiwch Dryweryn (Remember Tryweryn) which you can buy here at Sadwrn.com. One of their songs is called LLosgwch y Ty i Lawr a Lladdwch eich Rhieni (Burn the House Down and Kill your Parents). It’s available as a free download on their brand new website, www.ffug.co.uk.

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Press, Print & Blogs

May I direct you towards the Horizons//Gorwelion tumblr page. It gives you an idea of the type of events they’re currently attending in order to promote the 12 artists that have been selected. It also features a short article that I wrote on how to get your music heard in Wales.

Press, Print & Blogs – Where to publicise your music in Wales?

Getting your music noticed, has in many ways, never been easier. Online music libraries like soundcloud and bandcamp, as well as the people power of social media, make getting your music into people’s ears relatively straightforward. However, going that step further, and getting your music on the radar of people that can spread the word for you takes a little more initiative.

We all know that the internet is a great way of connecting to fans and promoting your music. It was around a decade ago that Arctic Monkeys started putting their music online for free, eventually graduating from “I’ve found this great band on myspace” to, “fastest selling debut album EVER”. One thing that has changed is that now, every artist, band, bedroom DJ has a soundcloud page and a youtube channel. It serves as a shop window or portfolio which is easy for fans, journalists, bloggers and radio producers to access. You have control over what appears on your page so you can give away free downloads to some or all users, limit access to older material, and crucially, analyse your statistics.

Making it easy for people to hear your work is a good place to start, so build up a comprehensive online presence. Start a facebook page, a twitter account, put music on soundcloud and bandcamp, make films and put them online. If someone mentions your band to a friend, and they want to find you, it’s important to be easy to discover. Many people prefer gigs to listening online, so pointing people towards a gig you have, however small, can be a fantastic way to reach them. It also gives you a bit of credibility, if someone has decided to give you a gig, you can’t be that bad.

I am often surprised and impressed by the extent some artists will go to to publicise their music to blogs. Last week I received an email from an artist I had never heard of saying that they had a gig in Cardiff that night. They had researched local blogs and wanted to put my name on the guest list. Incidentally, I wasn’t able to make it, but I was so impressed by the attention to detail and determination of the artist that I took some time to listen to her soundcloud. It’s important to remember that behind the blogs, the articles and the radio programmes, there are real music fans, and going that extra step to put your name on their radar can be very effective.

In Wales there isn’t a huge amount of radio air time available for Welsh music in any language. However there are some DJs and producers that are real champions of the cause. Find out who they are (twitter is a good place to start) and how to get in touch with them. Follow people like Adam Walton, Bethan Elfyn from Radio Wales and Huw Stephens, Georgia Ruth, Lisa Gwilym and Gareth Iwan from Radio Cymru. These people can play you on the radio and that’s only ever a good thing.

Ultimately, publicising your music is down to you. Sending links to your music to as many people as possible, and tailoring any message you send to that particular person is the most important thing you can do. If you’re proactive and committed people will be impressed, and soon people will start publicising your music for you.

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