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Tue 21 Jun 2011 13:30 BBC Radio 4

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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 21 June 2011

Andy Votel is a DJ, producer and record label boss from Manchester who first found fame setting up Twisted Nerve Records, home to the singer Badly Drawn Boy. Obsessed with collecting records, today Andy runs Finders Keepers, a record company which specialises in releasing non-English language pop music from all over the world. About 9 years ago, in a charity shop, he stumbled across a collection of vinyl which he'd never seen or heard before. Not able to place the language, he initially guessed it was Icelandic, Breton or Hungarian. But on closer inspection it turned out the records were made less than a hundred miles from his house. These unidentified spinning objects were from Wales.
From that moment on Andy's world was opened up to whole discography of idiosyncratic pop music. Girl-groups, close harmony pop, Acid Folk, Prog Rock, concept albums, pop poetry, indie rock and DIY punk. And to his amazement he discovered that - outside of Wales - this very cool music scene had been virtually ignored. Researching further in to his new found obsession, Andy discovered the story behind the songs was just as intriguing as the music: a tale of passion, politics, poetry, oppression, triumph and a bloody good disco!
In this Radio 4 documentary Andy reveals a cultural revolution that happened on our doorsteps and the music that made it sing. A struggle to save a dying language that involves protest, prison, Mabinogion concepts, the Royal family, cottage burning and even the death of Jimi Hendrix. With contributions from Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys, Cerys Matthews, Dafydd Iwan, Heather Jones, Meic Stevens and Geraint Jarman amongst others.

Music Played

29 items
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    Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci Patio Song

    Barafundle, Fontanna, 534-7692

  • Image for Super Furry Animals

    Super Furry Animals Northern Lites

    Guerrilla, CREATION RECORDS, GCD-73472

  • Image for Catatonia

    Catatonia International Velvet

    International Velvet Catatonia, BLANCO Y NEGRO, 3984-20834-2

  • Image for Y Niwl

    Y Niwl Wyth

    Y Niwl, Aderyn Papur, aderyn-003

  • Image for AD 73

    AD 73 Higher and Higher

    Welsh Rare Beat 2, Finders Keepers Records, FKR-0014CD

  • Image for Eleri Llwyd

    Eleri Llwyd O Gymru

    Welsh Rare Beat, Finders Keepers Records, FKR-003CD

  • Image for Mary Hopkin

    Mary Hopkin Rhywbeth Syml (Something Stupid)

    Y Canenon Cynnar (The Early Recordings), SAIN, SCD-2151E

  • Image for Y Blew

    Y Blew Maes B

    na, QUALITON, qsp-7001

  • Image for Meic Stevens

    Meic Stevens Rhedaf I'r mynydd

    Disgwyl Rhywbeth Gwell i Ddod, Sain, scd-2345

  • Image for Meic Stevens

    Meic Stevens Tryweryn

    Rain In The Leaves...The EP's #1, Sunbeam, SBR2LP 5021

  • Image for Dafydd Iwan

    Dafydd Iwan Carlo

    Y Dafydd Iwan Cynnar, SAIN, SCD-2180

  • Image for Meic Stevens

    Meic Stevens Gafael Yn Dy Law

    Disgwyl Rhywbeth Gwell i Ddod, Sain, scd-2345

  • Image for Jimi Hendrix

    Jimi Hendrix Drivin' South (Take 2)

    Radio One/The Jimi Hendrix Concerts, Essential, ESBCT1542

  • Image for Huw Jones

    Huw Jones Dwr

    Welsh Rare Beat, Sain, FKR-003CD

  • Image for Edward H. Dafis

    Edward H. Dafis Rossi

    Welsh Rare Beat 2, FINDERS KEEPERS, FKR-014CD

  • Image for Meic Stevens

    Meic Stevens Hwiangerdd Mihangel

    Disgwyl Rhywbeth Gwell i Ddod, Sain, scd-2345

  • Image for Chwyldro

    Chwyldro Rhaid Yw Eu Tynnu I Lawr

    Chwyldro, sain, sain 17

  • Image for Tebot Piws

    Tebot Piws Mae Rhywyn Wedi Dwyn Fy Nhrwyn

    Welsh Rare Beat, Finders Keepers Records, FKR-003CD

  • Image for Meic Stevens

    Meic Stevens Y Brawd Houdini

    Welsh Rare Beat, Sain, FKR-003CD

  • Image for Bara Menyn

    Bara Menyn Yr Wylan Wen

    Welsh Rare Beat 2, FINDERS KEEPERS, FKR-014CD

  • Image for Tebot Piws

    Tebot Piws Dilyn Colomen

    Welsh Rare Beat 2, FINDERS KEEPERS, FKR-014CD

  • Image for Endaf Emlyn

    Endaf Emlyn Salem Yn Y Wlad

    Salem, Sain, 1012-M

  • Image for Heather Jones

    Heather Jones O, Osian

    Artist: Cleif Harpwood Artist: Dewi Morris

    Nia Ben Aur, Sain, SCD2289

  • Image for Geraint Jarman

    Geraint Jarman Methu Dal Y Pwysa

    Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, SAIN, 1128M

  • Image for Geraint Jarman

    Geraint Jarman Fflamau'r Ddraig

    Fflamau'r Ddraig, Sain, scd1182

  • Image for Anhrefn

    Anhrefn Cân y Bom (Instrumental)

    Hen Wlad fy Mamau (Land of my Mothers), crai, cd071

  • Image for Datblygu

    Datblygu Cân i Gymru

    Wyau/Pyst/Libertino, Ankst, ankst-111

  • Image for Super Furry Animals

    Super Furry Animals Ymaelodi A'r Ymolon

    Mwng, SFA, PLC-03cd

  • Image for Tich Gwilym

    Tich Gwilym Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau

    welsh rare Beat, Finders Keepers Records, FKR003CD

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