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Adam Walton Adam Walton The BBC Radio Wales DJ showcases the best new Welsh music. Blog posts in total 349

  1. The Keys: Telfords Warehouse, Chester, 18 June 2010

    Thursday 24 June 2010, 11:56

    There are few bands in Wales as warmly regarded as The Keys. This is mostly to do with the unarguable qualities of their music. It is also to do with their history. The forerunners of this band, Murry The Hump, were a charming, whimsical alternative to the stodgy earnestness of many of their contemporaries...

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  2. Adam Walton playlist and show info: Sunday 20 June 2010

    Monday 21 June 2010, 18:07

    This week's scouring of the Welsh musical constellations brings you the first part of my conversation with David Wrench about his new album Spades & Hoes & Plows - an album rooted in old folk songs of 'insurrection, defiance and rebellion', reanimated in such a blackly iconoclastic manner that the album...

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  3. Adam Walton playlist and show info: Sunday 13 June 2010

    Wednesday 16 June 2010, 16:00

    On this week's celebration of the most interesting new Welsh music that has hammered my ear drums this week, Spencer McGarry from the Spencer McGarry Season, talks to us about the Wonder of the Welsh World that is their new album Episode 2.

    bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00sqtld/Adam_Walton_13_06_2010

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  4. Unsigned Welsh demos required, any genre

    Wednesday 9 June 2010, 13:03

    The lifeblood of my Sunday night Welsh music show is - by rather obvious definition - Welsh music. Despite this having been an excellent year so far for Welsh albums (quick, non-definitive list: Race Horses, Tim and Sam's Tim and the Sam Band with Tim and Sam, Paper Aeroplanes, Los Campesinos, Marina...

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  5. Remembering Stuart Cable

    Monday 7 June 2010, 16:44

    I met Stuart Cable on a number of occasions over the years. The first time was when the band I was in supported Stereophonics at the Filling Station in Newport in 1996.

    Even in those very early days of the band, his effusive, friendly charisma counteracted the more introspective nature of his bandmates...

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  6. Adam Walton playlist and show info: Sunday 7 February 2010

    Thursday 11 February 2010, 11:38

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00qnsyp/Adam_Walton_07_02_2010/

    This week's show features the first part of a celebration of the Independent Music Award winning compilation album Blodeugerdd: Song of the Flowers - an Anthology of Welsh Music and Song. The compiler and producer of the album, acknowledged...

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  7. Yr Wythnos Fach 2010 - part two

    Thursday 3 June 2010, 17:58

    Following on from part one of the Yr Wythnos Fach 2010 round-up...

    The next night was a slew of events scattered around Bangor. Things didn't start off well. I was desperate keen to see Crash Disco at Hendre Hall. The running order I had said he'd be on at 7:30pm. But he wasn't. Someone from Chris Moyles...

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  8. Yr Wythnos Fach 2010 - part one

    Thursday 3 June 2010, 17:07

    The Big Weekend and it's runway fringe festival, Yr Wythnos Fach, rather crashed over me like a massive wave of music, long nights and many hours on the A55, which is why the blogs dried up after day two. So, for the sake of completion, here's a quick leg through* the highlights of the missing days now...

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  9. Adam Walton playlist and show info: Sunday 30 May 2010

    Tuesday 1 June 2010, 10:06

    This week's show is mostly a celebration of uneasy listening. Our first track is a remarkable piece from David Wrench's new album Spades & Hoes & Plows. If only our Eurovision entry had been A Radical Song the outcome wouldn't have been any different, and we'd have probably got kicked out of the EU,...

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  10. Adam Walton playlist and show info: Sunday 23 May 2010

    Wednesday 26 May 2010, 17:53

    This week's show was shaped, almost entirely, by Radio 1's Big Weekend in Bangor last weekend and Y Wythnos Fach - the fringe festival that preceded it. Given that every night last week involved long drives, lots of bustle, late nights and great music, it's taken me longer than usual to elastoplast this...

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  11. Y Wythnos Fach: Die! Chihuahua! Die! Kixxstart Kitty, Bastions, Leucine - Speakers Corner, Colwyn Bay, Tuesday 18 May 2010

    Wednesday 19 May 2010, 16:31

    The Big Weekend's fringe festival is called Yr Wythnos Fach, the Little Week. The irony, of course, is that it's anything but 'little'. On Monday night we were in Wrexham (as reviewed here), tonight it's Colwyn Bay and - okay - it's not like I've had to drive 1,000 miles dodging kamikaze kangaroos, but...

    Read more about Y Wythnos Fach: Die! Chihuahua! Die! Kixxstart Kitty, Bastions, Leucine - Speakers Corner, Colwyn Bay, Tuesday 18 May 2010

  12. Y Wythnos Fach: Gallops / Polly Mackey & The Pleasure Principle / Trader / No Room For Heroes, Central Station, Wrexham, Monday 17 May 2010

    Tuesday 18 May 2010, 15:00

    This is the first night of Yr Wythnos Fach/the Little Week, the fringe festival leading up to BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in Bangor this coming weekend.

    Seven venues, three towns and a city across North Wales, over 20 bands, a breathless celebration of (some) of the best talent the area has to offer, in...

    Read more about Y Wythnos Fach: Gallops / Polly Mackey & The Pleasure Principle / Trader / No Room For Heroes, Central Station, Wrexham, Monday 17 May 2010

  13. Green Man's Green Poll

    Thursday 13 May 2010, 10:52

    At this time of year, every other Tweet, Facebook message and e-mail that gets flung in my direction is from a band asking me to vote for them to play one festival or another over the coming summer.

    The UK's exhaustive (exhausting is probably a better word) array of festivals provides important opportunities...

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  14. Adam Walton playlist and show info: Sunday 9 May 2010

    Tuesday 11 May 2010, 15:57

    This week's show was a twilight forest of mysterious bleeps and crescent moon melodies courtesy of Mold's Mechanical Owl. Their live set from Hendre Hall in Bangor, recorded at the start of March, is all embers and originality, and strikingly beautiful in (many) places.

    They're home-recording a debut...

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  15. Adam Walton playlist and show info: Sunday 2 May 2010

    Wednesday 5 May 2010, 11:56

    This week's festival of Welsh musical excellence was truncated by Sunday night's election debate. But two and a half hours is plenty long enough for an exquisitely recorded session from Wrexham's Heal the Last Stand. They are the North's epicentre of good vibes and perfect, four-part harmonies; a band...

    Read more about Adam Walton playlist and show info: Sunday 2 May 2010

  16. Big Weekend - Fringe / Y Wythnos Fach

    Tuesday 4 May 2010, 16:03

    The Biggest Musical Event to Ever Happen in North Wales EVER (undignified overuse of capital letters and repetition absolutely intentional!) is imminent. And although I'll be just as excited when, say, Klaus Kinski's debut album finally drops, this is a Big Deal. For the best part of a week - between...

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  17. The apotheosis of the resurrection of Mold

    Thursday 29 April 2010, 16:34

    It won't matter where I end up in life, Mold will always feel like home. I did all my most important growing up there. You know, learning how to drink and smoke; perfecting the art of bohemian shirking, and spending as much time as humanely possible in cafés and pubs talking about music.

    I went to...

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  18. Demo Reviews April 2010: Kixxstart Kitty / Alex Mountaineer / Gardening / Soma / Inferno / Pry Cry / Denuo / Kid For Today

    Wednesday 28 April 2010, 14:41

    Alex Mountaineer - Wash Where The Needle Has Gone

    It is unfair, perhaps, to look at Alex's work in the context of a demo review. He is a very accomplished songwriter, arranger and producer whose ability earned his band (The Mountaineers) record deals with Deltasonic and Mute Records. I've talked about...

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  19. Adam Walton playlist and show info: Sunday 25 April 2010

    Wednesday 28 April 2010, 11:52

    You can hear this week's celebration of the most interesting new Welsh music via the iPlayer at the link below until next Sunday evening (2 May).

    bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00s6jxm/Adam_Walton_25_04_2010

    This week's show features an all too brief tribute to influential Welsh musician Bern, of Elfyn Presli...

    Read more about Adam Walton playlist and show info: Sunday 25 April 2010

  20. Race Horses - Telfords Warehouse, Chester - 17 April 2010

    Tuesday 20 April 2010, 15:53

    So, the sun's out, the recession is lifting, there are lots of politicians to hoot at on TV: things aren't too bad. all things considered.

    My day starts stupid early with a trip to Cob Records in Bangor for Record Store Day. I spend far too much on great music (the Soul Jazz Deutsche Elektronische Musik...

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