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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. Mother Of Six: Greek riffology

    Friday 20 November 2009, 10:48

    Mother of Six are a storm that has been gathering over Wrexham for the last 18 months. All the black clouds, ominous rumblings and spectacular flashes are about to reach some kind of apotheosis with the release of their eponymous debut EP on Monday 30 November.

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  2. Radio Soundhog Vol. 7 - The Game's Over

    Wednesday 18 November 2009, 15:50

    Sometimes I have to bite down on the hyperbole. Great Big Billboard Statements Proclaiming Boundless Musical Brilliance do more harm than good, I suspect. But when I have something to share with you that is so good it feels like a fusion-powered bluebottle buzzing round in my skull, the hyperbole is...

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  3. Adam Walton playlist and show info: Sunday 15 November 2009

    Wednesday 18 November 2009, 14:08

    This week's show features an exclusive session from Wales' finest exponents of what some might call 'power pop', except in the skilled hands of Swansea's The Owls power pop melds the urgent, effulgent melodies of Todd Rundgren, Jellyfish and Big Star with a spiritual sensibility traceable back to The...

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  4. Great North Walean Albums

    Friday 13 November 2009, 09:30

    I hauled my heavy ass up Moel Famau this morning. A freakish morning devoid of rain must have addled my big head.

    I eschewed the silence and birdsong in favour of some choice Welsh demos on the iPod. I think I heard the first two. The rest of the country's nascent musical efforts were obliterated by...

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  5. Mank interview

    Tuesday 10 November 2009, 14:10

    Ben Powell, a.k.a. Mank, has been making unsettling and beautiful electronic music for almost a decade.

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  6. Adam Walton playlist and show info: Sunday 8 November 2009

    Monday 9 November 2009, 17:00

    This week's show features a live set from the monumythical, bearded hat and primal storm of piano that is Aberystwyth's Son Capson, recorded at last month's Sŵn Festival in Cardiff.

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  7. John Lawrence - Rainy Night

    Thursday 5 November 2009, 16:19

    I'm sitting on a train to Manchester, over-priced, magma-hot coffee on the shaky table, flush with the familiar disappointment of having left Something Important at home.

    I'm on the way to Manchester to meet Martin Carr for breakfast (ooh, hark at me!). I'm a day and a half late. I was supposed to make...

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  8. Bang Bangor Day 2 - Gallops/4 Sticks/Ryan Kift/Jamie Cee

    Friday 30 October 2009, 14:28

    I've promoted the occasional gig over the years.

    In the dim distant past we'd have to do it so that the band I was in could play gigs. Back then there were only a couple of venues in north east Wales that would entertain the idea of allowing the noise-afflicted hoi polloi in to preach their sermons of...

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  9. The first Bang Bangor gig, Hendre Hall

    Thursday 29 October 2009, 16:42

    Bang Bangor is, and I quote the promoters because they put it far more succinctly than I can, "An exciting new festival - a chance to experience a range of live music and culture, around the city of Bangor, over four days."

    You may already know this. I blogged about it here.

    Last night was the inaugural...

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  10. Swathes

    Thursday 29 October 2009, 12:23

    Sometime yesterday afternoon Twitter had me shouting "yeahs!" to the heavens and cranking my stereo up to window-rattling volumes.

    Why the celebration?

    Well, Jen Long of BBC Radio 1 in Wales' Introducing show (presented by fellow blogger and sometime DJ sparring companion, Bethan Elfyn) - posted the following...

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  11. Rhemp - Circuit Bent Copa

    Wednesday 28 October 2009, 10:55

    Anglesey's Johnny R is about as close as music in North Wales has to an out-and-out iconoclast.

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  12. After Swn 2009

    Tuesday 27 October 2009, 11:41

    So, Swn 2009 is over. The hangover still lingers, as do the memories of so many great bands, so many friendly faces and good people. Swn was so good it could transform the most charismatic conversationalist into a pub bore, banging on and on (and... on) about who they saw over the weekend while the unblessed...

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  13. theABSURD

    Wednesday 21 October 2009, 11:36

    With few exceptions, every piece that gets written about culture in north east Wales begins by saying there isn't all that much of it, really; as if culture comes in measurable and readily identifiable units rubber-stamped by philosophical bureaucrats in Brussels.

    If you measure culture in terms of that...

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  14. Huw's Sŵn is Now. Almost.

    Monday 19 October 2009, 16:30

    There are only four days to go until this year's Swn Festival lavishes Cardiff with multitudinous gifts of musical ace.

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  15. Bang Bangor

    Thursday 15 October 2009, 11:09

    In a little over a week I'll be hopping down to Cardiff for the annual Swn Festival. Swn is an intimate sprawl of excellent leftfield music spread around many of Cardiff's venues, clubs and pubs. Radio 1 and C2's Huw Stephens told me that the festival was inspired by other city-based music events, like...

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  16. The return of the gig guide

    Wednesday 14 October 2009, 16:08

    Hi,

    I will be resurrecting the gig guide for my show starting this coming Sunday night. If as a venue or promoter you're interested in having your gigs plugged, please send details of your events for the forthcoming week to:

    themysterytour@gmail.com - please make the first words in your email's subject...

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  17. Klaus Kinksi - single review - Happiness Happiness / Caesar, Ankstmusik

    Tuesday 13 October 2009, 16:18

    I'm increasingly of the opinion that we're very much in the midst of an unprecedented, restrictive, musical conservatism - at least with regards to the bands that receive support in the mainstream media and achieve commercial success.

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  18. Ethical dilemmas of the BBC music blogger #1: how honest should I be?

    Monday 12 October 2009, 16:27

    My philosophy regarding reactions and criticisms of music that is submitted to my radio show is a simple one: I am absolutely - some would say brutally - honest to those kind enough to send me their difficultly-wrought music. To fob these people off with platitudes or a standard rejection slip would...

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  19. Big weekend in Wrexham

    Wednesday 7 October 2009, 12:45

    When the idea of writing a regular blog on music in North Wales was suggested to me - "Maybe, you know, two or three pieces a week," they said - I was a little concerned, deep down inside, that I'd have to start making stuff up to fill the hungry spaces on these pages. It hasn't worked out like that...

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  20. Gwenno: a proper pop star

    Tuesday 6 October 2009, 15:20

    Gwenno is a proper, old school pop star. That's a rarity, these days, when generally the only qualification for the role is the ability to sing Mariah or Whitney in front of Simon Cowell as if your life depended on it

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