Blog posts by year and month July 2012

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  1. This week's show is now available via the BBC iPlayer. Please visit the link any time between now and the start of the next programme. This week, Radio 1 and C2's Huw Stephens comes in to tell us about the Green Man Unsigned competition, an opportunity for an unsigned artist to open the internationally renowned Green Man Festival, this August in Glanusk. I preview the forthcoming Hanner Cant festival - a momentous celebration of the Welsh Language Society's 50th birthday and the support they have given Welsh language thinking artists in that period. Many of Wales' finest artists will congregate in the historic pavilion in Pontrhydfendigaid, west Wales on 13-14 July for Hanner Cant. And tickets are ridiculously cheap, considering the amazing line-up: Gruff Rhys/Heather Jones/Y Niwl/Tecwyn Ifan/Colorama/Meic Stevens/Llwybr Llaethog and many more. The Pooh Sticks' Huw Williams comes along to tell us about one of the cheesiest, but nevertheless fascinating, records it's ever been my dubious pleasure to play. Ben Hayes introduces us to The Norman Haines Band. And there is a lot of new Welsh music, bristling with ideas and amazing sounds. We have new tracks from Euros Childs, Family Of The Year and Knickers and there are d├ębut plays for No Ceremony ///, Wolfchild, Tonfedd Oren, Soundwire, The Decoys, Crying Wolf Club and Gorilla Fight Mansion. Please send demos/new releases/gig info/any correspondence to themysterytour@gmail.com (music as a high quality mp3 or download link, please). COLORAMA - 'Do The Pump' Benllech FAMILY OF THE YEAR - 'Diversity' Wrexham/LA NO CEREMONY /// - 'Hold On Me' Manchester/Wales HEHFU - 'Flame' Caerphilly KNICKERS - 'Les Cactus' London/Cardiff Distribution LASH, THE - 'Shame' Newport EUROS CHILDS - 'That's Better' Pembrokeshire FALCON LAKE - 'All I Want' Newport/Cardiff WOLFCHILD - 'Mickey Mouse Clubbed' Cwmbran SHY AND THE FIGHT - 'Breaks' Chester/Llangollen HUW WILLIAMS - 'Spoken Contribution' Swansea PAUL DAMIAN - 'How To Say Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyndrobllantysiliogogogoch' Wales SUGAR - 'Tilted' Minneapolis, U S A FUTURE OF THE LEFT - 'Goals In Slow Motion' Cardiff PISSED JEANS - 'False Jesii, Pt. 2' Allentown, U. S. A. LLEUWEN - 'Cawell Fach Y Galon' Bangor GRUFF RHYS - 'Pwdin Wy' Bethesda Y NIWL - 'Dauddegpump' Gwynedd CRASH DISCO - 'Lemon Juice' Bangor 9BACH - 'Cariad Cyntaf' Bangor LLWYBR LLAETHOG - 'Mera Desh ( Remix )' Blaenau Ffestiniog/Cardiff MARTIN CARR - 'I Will Build A Road' Cardiff PHIL DAVIES & THE NINJASMOKEBOMBS - 'Souls' Llangefni JOY FORMIDABLE, THE - 'A Heavy Abacus' Mold COLORAMA - 'Winner' Benllech TONFEDD OREN - 'Tonfedd Oren' Wales SOUNDWIRE - 'Set In Steel' Swansea OUT OF THE WOODS - 'Sitting By The Fire' Swansea ASH AND THE OAK, THE - 'Jigsaw' Newport INC . A - 'Adiran's Wall' Cardiff HUW STEPHENS - 'Interview About Green Man Unsigned' Cardiff/London ADELINES, THE - 'Little Games' Swansea TRWBADOR - 'Deffro Ar Y Llawr' Camarthen/Cardiff THREE PAIRS OF SHOES - 'From Wics To Burs' Cardiff DECOYS, THE - 'Wait' Pontypool APTA - 'Rise' Wales CRYING WOLF CLUB - 'I Am The Architect' Pontypridd GORILLA FIGHT MANSION - 'Pass The Bottle' Llanelli BEYOND THE WIZARD'S SLEEVE - 'Door To Tomorrow' London/Pembrokeshire BEN HAYES - 'Spoken Contribution' Ruthin NORMAN HAINES BAND, THE - 'Den Of Iniquity' ? PANABRITE - 'Cirrus' Seattle/Welsh Label

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  2. At the start of June, I stumbled aboard a Eurostar train to Brussels at an insultingly early time of the morning, to go and see Cardiff's Future of the Left on their European tour. My escapades are detailed elsewhere on this blog. On the old school ferry back, lightly frayed and subtly seasi...

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  3. Mold trio The Joy Formidable have found their work going into the most unforeseen of locations, courtesy of refugee workers in Kenya. The Joy Formidable Fresh from recording their second album in America and touring with Foo Fighters, the band were contacted by Paola Mendoza and Topaz...

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  4. A few months ago I visited the National Wool Museum in Dre Fach Felindre, and met the newly appointed poet in residence at the museum Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch.

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