Hosan Nadolig// Christmas Stocking

As is traditional at this time of year, I shall endeavour to encourage you to part with your hard-earned cash on some gifts of quality for yourselves and your loved ones. Here is a carefully considered list of recent releases that deserve their place on your christmas playlist.

Fel y bysech chi’n ei ddisgwyl, ‘dw i am drio’ch perswadio chi i wario’ch arian prin ar gerddoriaeth sy’n haeddu ei le ar eich silff chi. Dyma restr dethol o gerddoriaeth gafodd ei ryddhau yn ddiweddar fyddai’n gwneud anrhegion gwerth chweil i’ch ffrindiau, i’ch teulu ac i chi’ch hunain.

Candelas- Bodoli’n Ddistaw


Following on from their eponymous debut and a headlining gig at Maes b, the most popular band in Wales have released their second L.P, ‘Bodoli’n Ddistaw’ (Existing Quietly).

Highlights include Llwytha’r Gwn, (Load the Gun) featuring Alys Williams.

Carcharorion- Hiraeth EP


The debut EP by Carcharorion follows hot on the heels of their remix of Pa Le? by 9Bach. It features a remix of Hiraeth by Plu and an updated version of Beth yw’r Haf i Mi which was originally released on the Cam1 compilation by Peski’s Cam o’r Tywyllwch project. It’s available as limited edition CD from peski.co.uk for merely £5 or you can download an mp3 version from peski or from iTunes.

Geraint Jarman- Dwyn yr Hogyn Nol


Released on Ankst Records, Geraint Jarman is back with a brand new collection. An excellent gift for old and new fans alike. I always find it interesting what people who haven’t grown up with Jarman think, so this is what the Independent said about his Festival No. 6 2014 gig:

“Geraint Jarman shows us why he’s a legend of a scene he helped create. He remains a jerky, wiry performer, with an excellent band mixing over-driven rock guitars, reggae and tuneful punk snarl. When he equates Ethiopia and Cymru, you don’t need to speak his language to know how he feels.”

The album is currently available on Sadwrn.com, however the official album launch will be at Chapter Arts Centre on January 25th accompanied by Plu. See below.

Plu- Holl Anifeiliaid y Goedwig


A departure from their usual ‘alternative folk’ sound into the world of songs for children. It includes a mixture of traditional, original and reworked versions of children’s songs, all with an animal theme. Fabulous. The perfect gift for anybody with kids, those who love the sibling trio’s perfect harmonies or simply folk enthusiasts. My fave part of this album is Elan’s sheep sounds on Triawd y Buarth. It’s worth buying just for that.

You can get your furry paws/claws on this beautiful collection at Sadwrn.com or straight from Sain. Tickets are selling fast for their gig with Geraint Jarman in Chapter next month.

R.Seiliog- In Hz


As an early adopter, I have been especially happy to R. Seiliog get some well-deserved appreciation, even if it is in the unlikeliest of places. GQ magazine, for example, they say if you’re into Aphex Twin then try R.Seiliog. But don’t listen to them, and don’t listen to me….try it for yourself. It’s available from Turnstile records as both a CD and on vinyl. In fact, Robin is launching the gig at the Waiting Room in London right now. Call in if you’re in the area.

Q&A With Josh Evans


My friend from beyond the wall….cymraeg in the kingdom

Originally posted on cymraeginthekingdom:

Social media has its flaws but one of the benefits is being able to connect with like minded souls you haven’t actually met in person. I interacted with Josh via Instagram and checked out his music on YouTube, I was impressed by what I heard. Josh has recently put out a new single called ‘Dust’ (above) check it out.

Here’s a wee Q&A with Josh –

1. Introduce yourself

I’m Josh Evans, a 21 year old folk-punk songwriter from the Rhondda in South Wales.

2. When did you start playing guitar?

I started playing guitar properly when I was about 11. I’d had a guitar for my 7th or 8th birthday (It was an acoustic, a Brunswick BTK60R, I still have it) but didn’t really understand what to do with it. I listened to loads of music growing up, but didn’t realise that what I listened to could be played…

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9Bach- Tinc

Following their Welsh Music Prize Nominated album Tincian, 9Bach are releasing an E.P. of remixes this month. Tinc will be released on 17th November and will feature remixes by Gruff Rhys and Carcharorion.


You can listen to the Gruff Rhys remix of Asteri Mou on Line of Best Fit here. Alternatively, how about this:

You can pre-order now on iTunes and Amazon.

TInc EP tracklist:

01 Asteri Mou – Loops & Drones remix, Gruff Rhys
02 Pa Le? – Carcharorion Remix
03 Wedi Torri – Sir Doufus Styles Mix
04 Lliwiau – Gravenhurst Remix
05 Bwthyn Fy Nain – Real World Session Version

To celebrate their ‘most successful year so far’, the band are going on a UK tour.


20th     St Donats Arts Centre                     www.stdonats.com

21st      Acapela, Pentyrch                             www.acapelaconcerts.com

22nd    Le Pub, Newport                                 www.lepub.co.uk

23rd     Colston Hall, Bristol                         www.colstonhall.org


4th        The Vortex, London                          www.vortexjazz.co.uk

6th        Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda           http://neuaddogwen.com/?lang=en

Yr Eira- Colli Cwsg EP

Yr Eira’s new EP, Colli Cwsg is out NOW on ikaching records.


The E.P.  is available to download from iTunes or to buy and to physically OWN at Sadwrn.com.

The following five tracks will make you feel like it’s okay to fancy boys that are way younger than you. But don’t worry about it too much because they’re older than you think, it’s just that you graduated three years ago now- twentyfourandahalfisokay.

01. Cragen

02. Ewyn Gwyn

03. Man Gwan

04. Trysor

05. Colli Cwsg

Also, as part of Y Selar magazine’s ten year anniversary tour, the band will be joining Swnami and Estrons at Clwb Ifor Bach on Saturday. Tickets ar £7 on the door.

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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.


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.


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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