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Adam Walton Adam Walton The BBC Radio Wales DJ showcases the best new Welsh music. Blog posts in total 350

  1. Glittering, soulful music from Colorama

    Friday 11 July 2014, 14:11

    Adam Walton reviews Colorama's new album Temari and speaks to founder member Carwyn Ellis.

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  2. The Wild Eyes and White Noise Sound at Telford's Warehouse, Chester

    Thursday 29 May 2014, 09:16

    If you listen to 'new' music, there are odd, discombobulating moments when it sounds exactly like you’ve tumbled through a wormhole back to 1968. Psychedelia is everywhere, so perhaps that should have been 'wyrmhole'.

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  3. Track of the week: Sake ‘Almost Never’

    Tuesday 13 May 2014, 13:57

    In past decades, Chloe Leavers’ music wouldn’t have struggled to make itself heard.

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  4. Track of the week: Gabrielle Murphy

    Friday 2 May 2014, 11:28

    Adam Walton enthuses about Gabrielle Murphy, one of the artists chosen as part of the Horizons new music initiative.

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  5. FOCUS Wales festival preview

    Tuesday 22 April 2014, 11:33

    Adam Walton previews the Focus Wales festival taking place in Wrexham on 23 to 26 April 2014

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  6. Something special for St David’s Day

    Wednesday 5 March 2014, 17:02

    If the producers of Through the Keyhole were really scraping the barrel, and decided to send whoever it is that has taken over from Lloyd Grossman through the unpaid bills and discarded record mailers blocking my front-door, it’d be all too obvious who I am.

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  7. This week’s musical feast

    Monday 17 February 2014, 15:29

    This week’s show is very, very spiky with brilliant new music of Welsh origin.

    So many thrilling new artists who hadn’t been baptised on my radio show before: The Featherz, Sea Lion, Luvv, Mandy, Past Grievances, Bur Hoff Bau, Saron, Pine Canopies, The Caspiens, Ruby Parfitt, Sam, Not My Finest Hour...

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  8. Music to offer comfort to the downcast

    Monday 10 February 2014, 12:25

    A fair proportion of the country bled copiously from sports-related wounds on Saturday.

    I'm not unsympathetic. In fact, I'd like to think that this week's show could offer succour and comfort to the injured and downcast. Music, you see, won't bash you about. It doesn't raise your expectations and...

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  9. Love letter from a northern soul

    Friday 7 February 2014, 15:44

    On this week’s programme I will feature a half-hour set of my favourite northern soul records. This is my love letter to the genre-that-isn’t-really-a-genre, a better-late-than-never foot on the bandwagon before Elaine Constantine’s anticipated film ‘Northern Soul’ reaches cinemas.

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  10. My most played artists

    Wednesday 5 February 2014, 14:38

    It struck me recently that I’ve been keeping statistical data about the music I play on my show for three years now. It is as geeky as it sounds, the product of a misspent youth and a BBC Micro but it also provides an interesting overview of what I have played on the show in that period.

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  11. A rescue centre for mongrel music-makers

    Monday 3 February 2014, 13:32

    What am I for?

    Good question.

    I’m good at feeding my daughter, hoovering the stairs, walking long distances in drizzle without complaining, playing one record after another after 4 Guinnesses (but no more) and, erm, well that’s it, really.

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  12. The hunt for new Welsh sounds continues

    Thursday 30 January 2014, 15:55

    This week's show is brought to you by the number 4, the words 'rammed', 'full', 'of', 'sonic' and 'treats', and the letter 'Ff' (I love that Y Ffug song).

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  13. You wait ages for one decent demo and then 33 arrive at once

    Monday 20 January 2014, 16:12

    I always find it odd when radio people claim that they've 'discovered' an artist. Artists are rarely found in a basket under the chimney.

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  14. A cabal of fascinating Welsh musicians

    Monday 13 January 2014, 16:34

    Adam Walton's Radio Wales show playlist for 11 January 2014, on the BBC Wales blog.

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  15. Last Minute Christmas Present Buyer's Guide to the Best Welsh Albums of 2013

    Monday 16 December 2013, 17:04

    Admittedly it's not the pithiest handle in the world ever — but it does do what it says on the tin.

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  16. Welsh albums of 2013 - part five

    Friday 13 December 2013, 11:58

    So that's it. My 10 Favourite Welsh albums of 2013. Buy them for someone using the entirely spurious suitable for/unsuitable for advice detailed here in. Happy Christmas/Nadolig Llawen to you all!

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  17. Welsh albums of 2013 - part four

    Thursday 12 December 2013, 16:42

    This is the fourth part of the rundown of my Top 10 favourite Welsh albums of 2013. It's a messily subjective and undignified love letter to Welsh music.

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  18. Welsh albums of 2013 - part three

    Wednesday 11 December 2013, 14:07

    Music is the nerve endings of the world outside. I can't write about a song that affects me in isolation to that. It'd be like trying to write about the latest exhibition in the Tate Modern with a welder's mask on.

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  19. Welsh albums of 2013 - part two

    Tuesday 10 December 2013, 15:00

    This is the second part of the rundown of my Top 10 Favourite Welsh Albums of 2013. It's very much a personal list. Music isn't supposed to be objective, democratic or fair.

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  20. Welsh albums of 2013 - part one

    Tuesday 10 December 2013, 09:53

    This year marked my 20th as a new music broadcaster. Thinking back to 1993, it's remarkable how much Welsh music has evolved since then.

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