Tuesday 26 March 2013, 16:07
It's tough for new bands these days. Nicky Wire of the Manic Street Preachers said so at the BBC Introducing Masterclass last Thursday.
Thursday 28 February 2013, 12:31
St Davids Day, March and spring are just around the corner, and yet the new music soundtracking the dark month has been anything but gloomy.
Monday 21 January 2013, 14:51
This new monthly column will reflect some of the new bands I come across on the BBC Introducing Uploader and feature on the radio show each Saturday as BBC Introducing Band of the Week.
Tuesday 8 January 2013, 15:36
2012 was full of musical activity, hear-warming creativity, small successes and celebrations of new and old in the Welsh music world. Let's have a quick whistle stop tour of some of the events.
Wednesday 24 October 2012, 10:52
Bethan Elfyn's guide to the 2012 Swn Festival in Cardiff, on the BBC Wales blog.
Friday 6 July 2012, 09:27
Sometimes it's quite surprising where you'll meet a fellow Welshman in a distant part of the world.
I was in the heart of Texas at South By Southwest (SXSW) festival when I first met Andy Zammit from Bronzerat Records, a one man operation that managed to land a few punches when he signed and made a...
Wednesday 27 June 2012, 11:25
Another to add to the pile is Beneath Closed Eyes, the eagerly anticipated debut from three-part harmony...
Monday 25 June 2012, 10:30
Super Furry Animals might be on a hiatus at the moment, but the members of the band are keeping busy with individual projects.
Bassist Guto Pryce has formed Gulp with singer-songwriter Lindsey Leven, and their first release has fans and critics salivating. They've created a unique sound that would soundtrack...
Monday 18 June 2012, 14:04
The Dinefwr Literature Festival, a new event with an exciting line-up, is taking place in west Wales at the end of this month. Highlights will include Gruff Rhys, Howard Marks, Emmy The Great, Julian Cope, Tim Burgess, Josie Long, Joe Dunthorne and loads more.
Held at the beautiful Dinefwr Park and...
Monday 14 May 2012, 14:17
A couple of years ago I was part of a magical concert in a rather unusual location. Breaking open its doors to the public after dark, the National Museum in Cardiff had a month of music, and I managed to catch the wonderful Georgia Ruth playing her harp. Can you imagine the natural acoustics in the lobby...
Monday 30 April 2012, 10:40
Tucked away, a street back from the creative hubbub of Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, is a new artist space and non-profit company: The Printhaus. Thanks to Sŵn Festival I was there on Saturday for the first Canton Crawl. We weren't exactly crawling anywhere, but it's another seed of an idea which...
Thursday 26 January 2012, 08:30
Violas started the year with a handmade limited edition EP release on the wonderful Owlet label, run by the Trwbador duo, and I've been playing it lots on my Saturday night show on BBC Radio Wales. They'll be playing live on the BBC Radio Wales show on 20 February, and here's an interview with the band...
Tuesday 24 January 2012, 07:54
Right, a little test for me: how many Welsh dance record labels can I name? There's Ten Thousand Yen from Swansea; Associated Minds from Cardiff (who are more hip hop than dance); there's Electroneg for pure electronica; there's Catapult Records' own imprint, but now, shamefully, I'm already starting...
Monday 23 January 2012, 08:27
To celebrate the release of Illuminated People, the fantastic new album by Islet, I sent the band a bunch of questions to find out a bit more about what's gone on with the new record.
Hi Islet. Your début album is ready to go - you must be excited?
"Yes way! We're very...
Thursday 12 January 2012, 11:15
There's a lot of talk at this time of year of big international showcases where bands try to ply their wares to booking agents, press agencies, promoters, managers, record labels, and other international layers of the music industry.
Wednesday 11 January 2012, 08:46
The first BBC Radio Wales Saturday night session for 2012 went to Cardiff three piece band Kutosis, whose album A Fanatical Love has been a regular on my radio show since it was released by Barely Regal a few months ago.
You can listen again to the show on the BBC iPlayer until 10pm on Saturday 14 January...
Wednesday 11 January 2012, 07:58
As you can probably see now from the myriad of 'new sound' lists in all the mags, radio shows, and on this here blog, January is a great time for new bands to make a bit of a splash.
Most of the work, however, has already been done during the previous year, and in order to get some...
Wednesday 4 January 2012, 15:12
Test your knowledge of all last year's highs and lows of the Welsh music events and releases. This is just for fun, and I'll announce the answers in a week from now on the Wales Music blog.
1. Can you name the band below?
2. Which band released a cover of The The to herald a new bumper release?...
Wednesday 4 January 2012, 11:36
What a wonderful year of music we've enjoyed in 2011, and who would have thought, with recession, troubles and such crazy world events all around us, that people are still being inspired, still cutting a path for themselves.
It's January, a clean slate of a month, and that prime time of year when there...
Tuesday 20 December 2011, 15:55
Last Saturday night I played the above, some of my favourite tunes from this year representing some of the bands who've been the most prolific, impressive and exciting to watch. You can hear the countdown and the show in full here.
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