BBC Cymru Wales announces artists selected for Horizons project

This new project is an exciting one. The collaboration is going to be beneficial to the 12 artists, who will all have brilliant experiences and opportunities over the next year. BBC Wales has always supported artists who create original music, and Horizons is another exciting step in that story.Huw Stephens, Presenter, BBC Radio Cymru and Radio 1
Date: 25.04.2014     Last updated: 25.04.2014 at 15.02
Category: Radio; Wales
BBC Cymru Wales and Arts Council of Wales have selected artists from across Wales to be a part of the Horizons project. The names of the 12 acts were announced today at Focus Wales 2014 in Wrexham.

The aim of Horizons is to develop new, independent contemporary music in Wales, supporting and promoting emerging Welsh music talent to wider audiences. More than 300 artists applied for a place on the project that will give them an invaluable boost to their careers.

The 12 chosen artists are (in alphabetical order):

  • Baby Queens: female five piece, cross between rock, hip hop, soul and reggae. Cara Elise (Guitar/Vocals), Estelle ios (Guitar), Monique Bux (Vocals), Ruth Vibes (Vocals/Guitar) and Vanity (Vocals), (from Cardiff Bay)
  • Candelas: five-piece band, rock music with a hint of blues - alternative rock and blues band. Osian Williams (Guitar/Vocals), Ifan Jones (Guitar), Tomos Edwards (Bass Guitar), Gruffydd Edwards (Guitar), Lewis Williams (Drums), (from Llanuwchlyn/Bala)
  • Casi: singer and writer, electro-pop solo act. Began writing folk infused pop then developed a passion for electronic music, (from Snowdonia)-Chris Jones: singer-songwriter, guitar and bouzouki player, contemporary Welsh folk balladeer (from Caernarfon)
  • Climbing Trees: four-piece multi-instrumental ensemble. Matthew Frederick (Piano/Guitar/Vocals), Colenso Jones (Guitar/Bass/Vocals), Martin Webb (Guitar/Bass/Vocals), James Bennetts (Drums/Vocals), (from Pontypridd)
  • Gabrielle Murphy: singer, performs her own tracks, encompasses a multitude of genres (from Merthyr)
  • Houdini Dax: three-piece indie mods. Jack Butler, David Newington and Owen Richard (from Cardiff)
  • Kizzy Crawford: singer-songwriter, fuses bilingual soul/jazz (from Merthyr)
  • Seazoo: five piece indie pop band, (from Wrexham)
  • Plu: Welsh language folk music with hints of country/Americana. Elan Mererid Rhys (Vocal/Autoharp), Marged Eiry Rhys (Vocal/Accordion/Piano/Melodica), Gwilym Bowen Rhys (Vocal/Guitar/Bouzouki/Mandolin) (from Bethel/Caernarfon)
  • Swnami: five piece pop band. Ifan Davies (Vocals/Guitar), Ifan Ywain (Guitar), Gerwyn Murray (Bass), Lewis Williams (Drums), Gruff Jones (Synth/Programming) (from Dolgellau)
  • The People The Poet: five piece rock band. Leon Stanford (Vocals), Tyla Campbell (Guitar), Lewis Roswell (Drums), Pete Mills (Bass Guitar), Greta Isaac

Huw Stephens, C2, BBC Radio Cymru and Radio 1 presenter said: “This new project is an exciting one. The collaboration is going to be beneficial to the 12 artists, who will all have brilliant experiences and opportunities over the next year. BBC Wales has always supported artists who create original music, and Horizons is another exciting step in that story.” 

They’ll be offered a platform at events across Wales and through BBC Wales’ national services - BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Radio Wales, continuing next weekend at Laugharne Live on 3 May and Machynlleth Comedy Festival on 3 May. 

The Horizons acts of 2014 will benefit from:

• specially programmed BBC Radio events, sessions and playlists; 

• direct contact with a BBC producer overseeing the project;

• a BBC Maida Vale recording session (the BBC’s legendary London recording studios since 1946); 

• promotional tools including a produced video and a professional photo-shoot; 

• bespoke mentoring via tailored courses;

• national and international musical opportunities;

• opportunities to play BBC Cymru Wales events through the year, and 

• nominations through BBC Introducing to play at major events across the UK.

Horizons is a new two year partnership between BBC Cymru Wales and Arts Council of Wales to develop new music talent and give it a platform to reach audiences. The 12 acts were chosen by a panel of representatives from the partnership and the wider music sector.

The Horizons project will be bringing music to many other festivals over summer 2014 and will offer more exciting opportunities to Welsh musicians later in the year.

Follow the twitter account @horizonscymru for all the latest news.

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