Wales

It struck me recently that I’ve been keeping statistical data about the music I play on my show for three years now. It is as geeky as it sounds, the product of a misspent youth and a BBC Micro but it also provides an interesting overview of what I have played on the show in that period.

Since 1 January 2011 the baseline statistics are:

160 shows
39 songs per show
4,334 different songs – 6,250 songs in total
2,020 artists
93% Welsh artists

I’ve played 4,334 different songs from 2,020 different artists, 93% of whom are Welsh or based in Wales. I hope that shows that the programme doesn’t rest on its laurels and that I do my utmost to find interesting new artists to showcase and support.

2,020 is a boggling figure. I would be surprised if I was fortunate enough to support 200 different Welsh artists in a comparative time period when I started presenting a music show on BBC Radio Wales back in 1993.

I think that’s evidence that music-making has become a much more democratic affair and that the digital age has enabled exponentially more people to record and distribute their music.

Quantity doesn’t equate to quality, of course - but this still represents only 10-20% of the music that I receive. The benchmark of quality is, I think, high.

Clearly Wales is a remarkable breeding ground for musical creativity.

How many of these artists have gone on to international acclaim, or been able to make a living out of their art? I don’t know. That’s a much tougher question to answer.

Here are the top 100 artists played on my show in that period, together with the number of times they have been played.

If you have any questions, observations or suggestions, please feel free to leave them below.

Meanwhile I’ll get back to being a geek.

 

Future Of The Left

112

The Joy Formidable

98

Sweet Baboo

62

Y Niwl

60

Gruff Rhys

55

Cate Le Bon

51

Gallops

49

Trwbador

49

Georgia Ruth

49

Euros Childs

48

Ifan Dafydd

47

Colorama

47

Irma Vep

42

Shy And The Fight

41

Paper Aeroplanes

40

Bastions

35

Mowbird

35

Islet

35

Houdini Dax

34

Soft-hearted Scientists

32

Golden Fable

32

Race Horses

31

Saturday's Kids

30

Metabeats

28

Joanna Gruesome

28

Sex Hands

28

Cut Ribbons

27

Pulco

27

H. Hawkline

27

Richard James

26

The School

25

Helen Love

24

Cian Ciaran:

24

Sue Denim

24

Seazoo

23

The Gentle Good

23

Masters In France

22

Los Campesinos

22

Heavy Petting Zoo

22

Catfish And The Bottlemen

22

We Are Animal

21

Jonny

20

Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog

20

Totem Terrors

20

Sen Segur

20

The Keys

20

Plyci

18

Astroid Boys

18

Dan Amor

17

Little Arrow

17

Datblygu

17

Skindred

17

The Bright Young People

17

Sam Airey

17

Sparrow And The Workshop

16

Family Of The Year

16

Crash Disco

16

Sŵnami

16

Goodtime Boys

16

Vvolves

15

Strange News From Another Star

15

Yr Ods

15

Mr Healan

15

Knickers

15

R. Seiliog

15

60ft Dolls

15

Bodhi

15

Gulp

14

Creision Hud

14

Gwenno

14

Falcon Lake

14

Harry Keyworth

14

Toy Horses

13

Lleuwen

13

Camera

13

Exit International

13

EVM 128 (evermean)

13

Llwybr Llaethog

13

Science Bastard

13

Zervas & Pepper

13

Dauwd

13

Howl Griff

12

Super Furry Animals

12

Third Party

12

Laura J. Martin

12

Half Man Half Biscuit

12

Doom Reggae

12

Huw M

12

Tacsi

12

Jewellers

12

Samoans

11

Winter Villains

11

Kutosis

11

Julie Murphy

11

The Wobbly Hearts

11

Jay Robinson

11

Didz & Chico

11

The Lovely Eggs

11

Gorky's Zygotic Mynci

11

Threatmantics

11

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by Adam Walton

    on 8 Feb 2014 23:49

    It's my honour.

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by O Tridral

    on 8 Feb 2014 09:33

    There is a wonderful wealth of musical talent in Wales. Thank you for featuring these people.

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by james matthews

    on 7 Feb 2014 10:33

    Hi again Adam, thanks for the positive comments and for playing some of her songs on your show. I think she will be offering up a new one called 'Ask the living' next. A stunning composition, but rather long and somber for your show, perhaps? She is now playing every instrument herself, never had a music lesson in her life!
    Regards,
    James.

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by Adam Walton

    on 6 Feb 2014 23:07

    Hi James - I like what I've heard of Niamh's music, I've played her twice already this year, I think. Her songs are well recorded and produced, too - thank you.

    I tend to prefer to let the music do the talking, especially for artists starting out. Probably best to focus on that, at least on my show.

    Good luck & thanks.

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by james matthews

    on 6 Feb 2014 14:58

    Hi Adam, I am James Matthews, Niamh Manley's studio producer. I believe she is an exceptional talent at just nineteen years of age. How does one arrange a radio interview? Best regards.

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