475 posts about wales on this blog
Wednesday 5 March 2014, 17:02
If the producers of Through the Keyhole were really scraping the barrel, and decided to send whoever it is that has taken over from Lloyd Grossman through the unpaid bills and discarded record mailers blocking my front-door, it’d be all too obvious who I am.
Thursday 27 February 2014, 12:54
Didn’t they have a lovely time… when Mongolian band Hanggai arrived in Bangor!
A few years ago I presented a series on World Music for BBC Radio Cymru, called 'Beth yn y Byd!' (a play on words meaning What in the World!). During this amazing sonic journey I made friends with a wonderful contributor...
Wednesday 26 February 2014, 10:52
If you have never heard of the British Home Children (BHC) then prepare to be amazed by their story - a story that is soon to be told through the artwork of Nerea Martinez de Lecea and Michele Woodey.
Thursday 20 February 2014, 13:36
Late last autumn while there was still a sun in the sky and warmth in the air, I paid a visit to one of the antique shops in Cardiff that sells World War One military memorabilia. Like a magpie I was drawn to the small shiny objects in the display cabinet and after much negotiation I walked away as the...
Monday 17 February 2014, 15:29
This week’s show is very, very spiky with brilliant new music of Welsh origin.
So many thrilling new artists who hadn’t been baptised on my radio show before: The Featherz, Sea Lion, Luvv, Mandy, Past Grievances, Bur Hoff Bau, Saron, Pine Canopies, The Caspiens, Ruby Parfitt, Sam, Not My Finest Hour...
Monday 10 February 2014, 12:25
A fair proportion of the country bled copiously from sports-related wounds on Saturday.
I'm not unsympathetic. In fact, I'd like to think that this week's show could offer succour and comfort to the injured and downcast. Music, you see, won't bash you about. It doesn't raise your expectations and...
Friday 7 February 2014, 15:44
On this week’s programme I will feature a half-hour set of my favourite northern soul records. This is my love letter to the genre-that-isn’t-really-a-genre, a better-late-than-never foot on the bandwagon before Elaine Constantine’s anticipated film ‘Northern Soul’ reaches cinemas.
Wednesday 5 February 2014, 14:38
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.
Monday 3 February 2014, 13:32
What am I for?
I’m good at feeding my daughter, hoovering the stairs, walking long distances in drizzle without complaining, playing one record after another after 4 Guinnesses (but no more) and, erm, well that’s it, really.
Thursday 30 January 2014, 15:55
This week's show is brought to you by the number 4, the words 'rammed', 'full', 'of', 'sonic' and 'treats', and the letter 'Ff' (I love that Y Ffug song).
Wednesday 22 January 2014, 15:57
So, I’ve been on this planet for a very long time it seems - I’ve hit that dreaded landmark birthday, the big 40! It was a quiet weekend of celebrating, a nice meal with friends, a nostalgic drink and a sack full of cards – gone are the wild parties too, it seems!
Wednesday 22 January 2014, 10:21
The tale of the three Sheppards from Tonyrefail continues and this update is from Anita Farrell, whose two great uncles and great great grandfather were featured in my blog last November to commemorate Remembrance Day.
Monday 20 January 2014, 16:12
I always find it odd when radio people claim that they've 'discovered' an artist. Artists are rarely found in a basket under the chimney.
Thursday 16 January 2014, 14:43
Hinterland has landed on BBC Wales this month and gaining a world of new fans each week; I loved the first airing in Welsh of Y Gwyll, so I knew I wanted to invite the moody elusive DCI Tom Mathias aka actor Richard Harrington into the studio to pick his musical memories.
Monday 13 January 2014, 16:34
Adam Walton's Radio Wales show playlist for 11 January 2014, on the BBC Wales blog.
Friday 27 December 2013, 09:00
It’s now 40 years since The Exorcist hit the big screen and was promptly banned by local authorities all over the UK because of its graphic scenes of demonic possession.
Friday 20 December 2013, 11:53
You look in a bookshop window and there they all are, the characters who live forever on the sales charts. Currently, you’ll find it’s James Bond and Bertie Wooster.
Even the ones who are officially dead can’t be counted on to stay that way.
Monday 16 December 2013, 17:04
Admittedly it's not the pithiest handle in the world ever — but it does do what it says on the tin.
Monday 16 December 2013, 13:33
The wry humour and mystical characters of Terry Jones’ imagination have enthralled several generations of children and as a festive treat are to be broadcast on BBC Radio Wales this Christmas.
Friday 13 December 2013, 12:35
Real-life cops might generally be more efficient these days but, for writers of crime fiction, where the rule book tends to get discarded, policing is just not as much fun.
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