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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. 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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  2. The most talked-about band in the UK

    Tuesday 6 October 2009, 13:50

    It's pretty rare for we provincials to get a heads-up on the latest musical phenomenon to be bewitching the dandies and city folk. But wise music-lovers who take the trouble to check out Islet at Morgan Lloyd in Caernarfon this Saturday night (10th October) will see the most talked-about new band in...

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  3. Whither eclecticism?

    Monday 5 October 2009, 16:08

    For the best part of the last 15 years I've gloried in the variety of music I have had the freedom to play on my show and in my DJ sets. Mine (not that it belonged to me!) was the first generation that wasn't particularly tribal about its music. Madness sat next to The Beatles, Iron Maiden, Ice T, Josh...

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  4. New tunes: I Am Austin

    Friday 2 October 2009, 15:40

    Connah's Quay in Flintshire has always had musical connotations in my mind-hole.

    World-renowned classical guitarist, Graham Devine comes from the town and was in my year at the Alun School, Mold. He was, er, instrumental in my ensuing fascination with music. You can blame him, then.

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  5. Live Review: Melys & John Lawrence, Hendre Hall, 30 September 2009

    Friday 2 October 2009, 11:41

    Ten years ago music in north Wales was in a very different place to now. It was much more band-orientated, the kind of technology that allows the likes of DJ Switch to assemble thumping drum n bass in his bedroom, send it to Radio 1 and get airplay on Fabio & Grooverider was still nascent.

    Apart from...

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  6. The view from the studio

    Tuesday 29 September 2009, 17:18

    My phone always rings when I'm, you know, indisposed.

    As soon as I had washed my hands I called the number back.

    The woman at the other end, after a little small talk, asked for a session for a band she "knows".

    "They're the best band in [insert name of Welsh city]", she said.

    "I like them. I've played...

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  7. Student nights and survival of the fittest

    Wednesday 23 September 2009, 12:24

    The venue that I DJ and occasionally promote in is pretty relieved that term time is upon us.

    This summer it has been a challenge to get the crowds in to see our (excellent) bands, a challenge exacerbated by the smoking ban and the recession. It's a story echoed in venues throughout the UK. This isn...

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  8. The return of John Peel favourites Melys

    Tuesday 22 September 2009, 12:44

    Bands from North Wales who have achieved any kind of commercial success or artistic recognition are few and far between.

    They're like gossip magazine covers that aren't blighted by airbrushed gormfests of P*ter *ndre or K*tie Pric*.

    That rare.

    Shudder.

    For today, at least, we'll focus on the positive...

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  9. September bargains

    Monday 21 September 2009, 15:25

    Times is hard. Everybody's saying so. So, each little bargain eases the burden on your pennies and helps alleviate the gloom. That's why, when an event or a release merits it, I'm going to do my best to point you in the direction of the best FREE music you can enjoy from North Wales.

    There are a couple...

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  10. The view from the studio

    Wednesday 16 September 2009, 17:48

    Every week I'm going to draw back the curtain on the inner workings of my BBC Radio Wales new music show. Okay, not exactly the same as getting the lowdown on the making of Apolcalypse Now, or a firsthand account of what's going on as Future Of The Left haul themselves around Europe, America and Australasia...

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