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Katherine Jenkins. Photo: Barrie Harwood

Faenol Festival

Opera star Bryn Terfel set up the Faenol Festival in his native North Wales in 2000, to showcase some of the best of classical, opera and pop music.

Feeder

Feeder

Like Manic Street Preachers before them, Feeder appear to be one of those rare bands that, in the face of tragedy, have the strength and determination to fight on and ultimately eclipse their dark history.

Fernhill

Fernhill

Fernhill formed in 1996 after Julie Murphy met husband Ceri Rhys Matthews at art college and moved to Matthew's native West Wales.

Ffa Coffi Pawb

Ffa Coffi Pawb

Ffa Coffi Pawb are best known as the band that later mutated into Super Furry Animals.

Flint Male Voice Choir

Flint Male Voice Choir

Founded in 1975 the choir draws its membership of some 70 singers from communities surrounding the industrial areas of Deeside in North East Wales.

The Flying Pickets

Flying Pickets

The acapella band formed by Welsh singer and actor Brian Hibbard had a huge Christmas Number with Only You.

Crwth

Folk and traditional music in Wales

Like Ireland and Scotland, Wales has a vibrant, healthy modern music scene based on instruments and music that stretch back hundreds of years.

Freur

Freur

Forming from the ashes of Cardiff Art School outfits The Corsairs and Screen Gemz (in addition to featuring - for a short period - future The Who bassist Pino Palladino), Freur were an ethereal synthpop indie quartet who flared briefly before calling it a day, moving to Essex and becoming Underworld, one of the most successful dance acts of all time.

Fron Male Voice Choir

Fron Male Voice Choir

Situated in the beautiful Vale of Llangollen in North Wales, some 15 miles from Chester, the village of Froncysyllte is the home of one of Wales' most distinguished male choirs.

Lostprophets' Ian Watkins. Photo: James McLaren

Full Ponty

Currently on hiatus, The Full Ponty in 2006 and 2007 showcased some of Wales' and the world's top rock outfits in Ynysyngharad Park in Pontypridd.

Funeral For A Friend

Funeral For A Friend

After the transatlantic success of Lostprophets, eyes turned to the South Wales punk/hardcore circuit to find the next big thing. Funeral For A Friend were the obvious choice.

Future Of The Left

Future Of The Left

When Mclusky imploded in January 2005, little beyond rumours were heard of frontman Andy Falkous. That was, until the emergence of Future Of The Left.

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Super Furry Animals. Photo: Saima Razzaq

Galleries

Browse our galleries of artists, festivals and events in Wales.

Gareth Roberts

Gareth Roberts

Jazz trombonist Gareth Roberts has been playing in and around the south Wales area for many years now. He plays in a wide variety of different Welsh bands including the Wales Jazz Composers Orchestra, the Heavy Quartet, Steve Waterman's Jazz Orchestra and his own quintet, for which he writes all the material himself.

Geoff Eales

Geoff Eales

Throughout a long and distinguished career, Geoff Eales has worked with pop stars, country singers, opera divas and funk legends, and has played on countless soundtracks, TV shows and jingles. He has also composed chamber works, symphonies and concertos and has performed as a featured soloist with symphony orchestras.

Georgia Ruth Williams

Georgia Ruth Williams

Aberystwyth's Georgia Ruth Williams is a student at Cambridge University, but is as talented a musician as she is an academic.

Goldie Lookin' Chain

Goldie Lookin' Chain

Alright clart? Sit back and listen to Newport's mighty rap stars: the GLC. You knows it!

Gorky's Zygotic Mynci

Gorky's Zygotic Mynci

In 1991 a group of boys in Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Carmarthen decided to form a band. They settled, for better or worse, on the name Gorky's Zygotic Mynci.

Grant Llewellyn

Grant Llewellyn

The journey across the Atlantic has been a very familiar one to Grant Llewellyn since his earliest days as a conductor.

Jarvis Cocker at Green Man

Green Man festival

19-21 August 2011

Since It's Jo And Danny founded this folk-orientated festival in 2003, the Mid Wales-based event has grown in both capacity and public standing.

Gruff Rhys

Gruff Rhys

Gruff Rhys is the main songwriter and lead singer in Super Furry Animals, and occasional solo star.

Gwilym Simcock

Gwilym Simcock

If there's one person to be keeping an eye on in the world of jazz, it's new crossover hero Gwilym Simcock.

Gwyneth Glyn

Gwyneth Glyn

Llanarmon's Gwyneth Glyn was "conceived following Plaid Cymru's St David's Day dinner at Abaty Maenan, Dyffryn Conwy, North Wales, in 1979".

Dame Gwyneth Jones

Dame Gwyneth Jones

Every inch the diva, Gwyneth Jones is one of the greatest Wagnerian sopranos of all time.

Gwyn Hughes Jones

Gwyn Hughes Jones

A tenor whose voice is just made for the big Italian romantic roles.

Gwynne Howell

Gwynne Howell

Although not a household name in the manner of some international opera stars, Gwynne Howell is a highly respected singer who has consistently worked at the highest level throughout the world, both on the opera stage and the concert platform.

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Harry Secombe

Harry Secombe

According to Sir Geraint Evans, Harry Secombe could have been a fine comic operatic baritone, and he once offered him the part of Bardolph in Verdi's Falstaff. Had things been different, maybe we wouldn't just remember Harry Secombe's singing with If I Ruled The World.

Helen Love

Helen Love

One of Wales' longest-lived and fondly regarded bands, Helen Love were one of the late John Peel's favourite bands, and remain one of Mark Radcliffe's top listens. Having BBC DJ cognoscenti appeal, though, is only part of the story.

Henry Priestman

Henry Priestman

The ex-Christians man, an Anglesey resident since 1992, released his debut album in 2008.

High Contrast

High Contrast

Cardiff-born musician who swiftly became one of the UK's hottest drum and bass DJs.

The Hot Puppies

Hot Puppies

Fronted by charismatic singer Becky Newman, The Hot Puppies formed in December 2000.

The Guns. Photo: James McLaren

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Huw Warren

Huw Warren

Since the late 1980s Huw Warren has established a name as a sensitive and versatile jazz musician, blending rich melodies with unpredictable minimalism, and exploring the boundaries of rhythm and improvisation. His music ranges across jazz improvisation to modern classical to folk.

Huw Watkins

Huw Watkins

Huw flies the flag for contemporary classical music, both as a composer and as a pianist.

Hybrid

Hybrid

Swansea-bred progressive trance collective practise a fine line in organic instrumentation and chilling spy-movie atmospherica.

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I Am Hope

I Am Hope

I Am Hope are a south Wales rock band influenced by a mix of indie and punk bands.

Ian Shaw

Ian Shaw

Ian inherited a love of jazz from his late father, a cornet and trumpet player who was a fan of big band music.

The Automatic

Indie and alternative music in Wales

From the early days of The Pooh Sticks and The Darling Buds, through the commercial and cultural influence of SFA and Catatonia to the third wave of The Automatic and Los Campesinos!, Wales has long had a thriving indie and alternative scene. Here are some of the major players.

It's Jo And Danny

It's Jo And Danny

Folktronica duo It's Jo And Danny have become synonymous with the Green Man festival, but their own music is well worth investigating.

Ivor Novello

Ivor Novello

Ivor Novello was a giant of the early 20th century stage and screen: songwriter, playwright, composer, actor and star.

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James Dean Bradfield

James Dean Bradfield

Manic Street Preachers singer James Dean Bradfield finally took the plunge to record a solo album in 2006.

Jayce Lewis

Jayce Lewis

Jayce Lewis is the former drummer of Losing Sun who's building a career in East Asia.

Gwilym Simcock

Jazz in Wales

Unbeknownst to many, jazz in Wales has a healthy following and some adventurous musicians.

Jean Jacques Smoothie

Jean Jacques Smoothie

Armed with an analogue synth and a sample of Minnie Ripperton, JJS - Steve to his mum - scored a surprise hit in late 2001 with 2 People.

Jem

Jem

While it's become the norm for US artists such as The Bravery, The Strokes or Scissor Sisters making a name for themselves in the UK before taking on their home turf, it's unusual for a British artist to turn the tables. And yet singer-songwriter Jem became a sensation in America without being much more than a well-kept secret in the UK.

John Cale

John Cale

John Cale is one of the most influential musicians ever to have come from Wales. Born to a coal miner father and school teacher mother in Garnant in 1942, Cale's talent for music - particularly the piano and viola - was spotted early on.

Joseph Parry

Joseph Parry

Dr Joseph Parry, who died on 17 February 1903, was famous for his compositions both in Wales and the USA. One of the most famous Welsh tunes - Myfanwy - and perhaps the greatest hymn tune ever written - Aberystwyth - came from his pen.

The Joy Formidable

Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable, originally from North Wales, and called Sidecar Kisses, have since decamped to London, changed their name and began getting a great reputation in the capital's coolest cliques.

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Karl Jenkins

Karl Jenkins

The UK's most popular contemporary composer, Karl Jenkins was born in 1944 and was raised in Penclawdd, South West Wales.

Katherine Jenkins

Katherine Jenkins

Katherine Jenkins is a former school teacher from Neath who became the fastest-selling female classical singer since Maria Callas.

Kids In Glass Houses

Kids In Glass Houses

One of south Wales' most hotly-tipped acts, Kids In Glass Houses nailed their reputation during 2006 with a series of high-profile support slots.

K-Klass

K-Klass

Forned in Wrexham in the late 1980s, K-Klass were at the forefront of the UK house scene and mainstays of the Hacienda club in Manchester.

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