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Katherine Jenkins

Land Of My Fathers - Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau

The Welsh national anthem - Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau or Land Of Our Fathers - is one of the most rousing and inspiring of anthems.

The Last Republic

Last Republic

Formed in Neath in 2008, The Last Republic are a hot tip from many in the music industry.

Laura Collins

Laura Collins

Describing herself as a "jazz poet", Cardiff's Laura Collins brings a contemporary flavour to the jazz medium.

Lisa Scott-Lee

Lisa Scott-Lee

The ex-Steps singer dipped her toe back into the world of music with her solo album, Never Or Now.

Lleuwen Steffan

Lleuwen Steffan

Singer/songwriter Lleuwen Steffan is forging a unique fusion of jazz and Welsh folk from her home at Penmon, Anglesey.

Llwybr Llaethog

Llwybr Llaethog

The seminal anti-establishment North Walian production outfit that invented Welsh-language hip-hop.

Los Campesinos!

Los Campesinos!

Formed while they were students at Cardiff University, Los Campesinos! began as a student band at Cardiff University. Before long their demo was causing a fuss all over the web, and they became one of the hottest indie tickets around.

Ian Watkins of Lostprophets

Lostprophets

Lostprophets are British rock sensations, plucked from obscurity on the underground punk-rock circuit by the American record industry.

Lowri Evans

Lowri Evans

Lowri Evans is a modern folk artist operating in both English and Welsh.

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Mabon

Mabon

Mabon are an 'interceltic' band based largely in Wales, who are bringing together music from across the Celtic areas of Europe.

Mal Pope

Mal Pope

Mal Pope was born in Brynhyfryd, Swansea on 18 May 1960. A musical family, Mal's grandmother was an accomplished organist and played at church events.

Man

Man

Hailing from Swansea, Man evolved from a Merthyr Tydfil-based harmony-vocal pop group called The Bystanders, of which Micky Jones and Clive John were members. Deke Leonard defected to them from fellow Welsh group The Dream, and in 1968 Man was born.

Manic Street Preachers

Manic Street Preachers

Watch the band's Blackwood gig live from 9pm tonight
Manic Street Preachers, one of the most important bands ever to emerge from Wales, arrived in the late 1980s with heavy eyeliner, feather boas and political sloganeering. Not the sort of thing you'd usually find in the small South Wales town of Blackwood, but from unlikely beginnings came a band very much relevant 20 years later.

Dame Margaret Price

One of the most beautiful, luminous voices ever to grace the opera and concert stages.

Marina And The Diamonds

Marina And The Diamonds

Avant-garde spiky pop loveliness from a new indie press darling.

Mark Ruebery

"Writing songs and playing my own music is all I've ever wanted to do," says the Newport singer-songwriter.

Martin Carr

Martin Carr

Martin Carr was the songwriter behind The Boo Radleys - hitmakers of the BritPop era. Now, he's recording solo.

Martyn Joseph

Martyn Joseph

Originally hailing from Penarth, Martyn Joseph reached the charts with his 1992 single Dolphins Make Me Cry.

Mary Hopkin

Mary Hopkin

Mary Hopkin was the Welsh teenager who became an internationally successful folk singer after signing to The Beatles' Apple label.

Matthew Jay

Matthew Jay

Abergavenny's Matthew Jay was on the cusp of success by the time of his tragically early death in 2003.

Mattoidz

Mattoidz

When your very first gig is supporting Gruff Rhys, you know you're doing something right. Pembrokeshire's Mattoidz did exactly that in 2003.

Max Boyce

Max Boyce

Having been a folk hero for over 30 years, Max Boyce has always resolutely remained true to his Welsh roots.

Mclusky

Mclusky

Black sheep of the Cardiff indie scene, Mclusky displayed a contempt for their peers that bordered on the misanthropic. Not for the fainthearted.

MC Mabon

MC Mabon

From being G-Man in Welsh-language rappers Tystion to becoming a fully-fledged solo artist, MC Mabon is a musical magpie.

Meic Stevens

Meic Stevens

Meic Stevens is one of the most popular and influential traditional musicians from Wales.

Melys

Melys

John Peel's perennial indie favourites are reforming for two gigs in autumn 2009.

The Blackout's Sean Smith

Merthyr Rock

This rock and indie festival, run by the people behind the Hay Festival kicked off in 2011 with possibly the best bill of Welsh bands ever put together.

Metabeats

Metabeats

Metabeats is a scene-leading Barry-raised hip-hop producer (and occasional rapper) drawing from an eclectic sonic palette.

The Automatic. Photo: James McLaren

Metro Weekender

In 2007 the Metro Weekender - consisting of Cardiff Calling and South West Four - came to Cooper's Field in Cardiff.

Morriston Orpheus Choir

Morriston Orpheus Choir

The Morriston Orpheus is considered one of the premier choirs in Wales since its establishment in 1935 under the direction of the late Ivor E Sims.

Murry The Hump

Murry The Hump

Murry the Hump formed in Aberystwyth at the end of the last century. Singer-songwriter Matthew Evans recruited guitarist and sometime Tystion collaborator Gwion Rowlands, drummer Bill Coyne and bass player Curig Huws.

Musicians

Music Nation

On Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March 2012 the BBC and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) will present Music Nation, a spectacular weekend of music around the UK to set the scene and create excitement in the lead up to the London 2012 Festival.

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Natasha Marsh

Natasha Marsh

Natasha Marsh is a classical crossover soprano delighting audiences with selections ranging from arias to classic pop.

Neal Davies

Neal Davies

This Newport-born singer is much in demand for his rich bass-baritone voice and versatile acting skills.

Nicky Wire

Nicky Wire

The Manic Street Preacher has long been the lanky bass-playing lyricist of one the UK's biggest rock acts. But now he's launched his solo career.

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Only Men Aloud!

Only Men Aloud!

Cardiff's Only Men Aloud! - a 20-strong male choral group - came to prominence in 2008 with their win on the BBC's reality talent show Last Choir Standing.

Owain Arwel Hughes

Owain Arwel Hughes

This Cardiff-born conductor's passion for orchestral music-making remains undimmed after more than 40 years in the business.

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Paper Aeroplanes

Paper Aeroplanes

With a Welsh indie heritage of some renown, Paper Aeroplanes are establishing themselves as ones to watch.

Parc and Dare Band

Parc and Dare Band

Founded in 1893, the Parc and Dare Band is one of Wales and the UK's best-known and respected brass bands.

Paul Child

Paul Child

Influenced by some of Wales' biggest vocalists and cabaret artists such as David Alexander and Tom Jones, Bridgend's Paul Child is a quiet but impressive success story.

Paul Potts

Paul Potts

The brightest star from a TV talent show who wowed audiences worldwide.

Paul Watkins

Paul Watkins

Wales may be better known for producing world-class classical singers, but the symphonic world is also enriched by an increasing number of talented musicians, such as Paul Watkins.

People In Planes

People In Planes

People In Planes met at an Owen Money gig in Porthcawl. But despite such inauspicious beginnings they managed to quickly garner a reputation as a storming live act with a knack for melody.

Pete Lawrie

Pete Lawrie

The Penarth-based singer songwriter now signed to Universal/Island.

The Peth

Peth

A supergroup of sorts, The Peth was formed in 2006 by Super Furry Animals' drummer Dafydd Ieuan, their bassist Guto Pryce, and actor Rhys Ifans. Ifans, you may recall, was a one-time member of SFA back in the day.

The Pooh Sticks

Pooh Sticks

Ridiculously over-productive, stupidly catchy and archly clever, Swansea's Pooh Sticks were one of the indie scene's greatest mirror images, a reflection of itself and, as the All Music Guide called them, "rock's most inside joke".

Duffy. Photo: Tim Cheesman

Pop music in Wales

From Tom Jones and Shaky, through and Feeder to Charlotte Church and Goldie Lookin' Chain, Wales has given the pop world a number of stars.

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