Tagged with: North Wales

94 posts about North Wales on this blog

  1. Swathes

    Thursday 29 October 2009, 12:23

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

    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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  2. Rhemp - Circuit Bent Copa

    Wednesday 28 October 2009, 10:55

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

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

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  3. theABSURD

    Wednesday 21 October 2009, 11:36

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

    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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  4. Bang Bangor

    Thursday 15 October 2009, 11:09

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

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

    Tuesday 13 October 2009, 16:18

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

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

    Monday 12 October 2009, 16:27

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

    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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  7. Big weekend in Wrexham

    Wednesday 7 October 2009, 12:45

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

    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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  8. Gwenno: a proper pop star

    Tuesday 6 October 2009, 15:20

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

    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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  9. The most talked-about band in the UK

    Tuesday 6 October 2009, 13:50

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

    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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  10. New tunes: I Am Austin

    Friday 2 October 2009, 15:40

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

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

    Friday 2 October 2009, 11:41

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

    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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  12. Student nights and survival of the fittest

    Wednesday 23 September 2009, 12:24

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

    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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  13. The return of John Peel favourites Melys

    Tuesday 22 September 2009, 12:44

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

    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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  14. September bargains

    Monday 21 September 2009, 15:25

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

    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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