The Welsh national anthem - Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau or Land Of Our Fathers - is one of the most rousing and inspiring of anthems.
Formed in Neath in 2008, The Last Republic are a hot tip from many in the music industry.
Describing herself as a "jazz poet", Cardiff's Laura Collins brings a contemporary flavour to the jazz medium.
The ex-Steps singer dipped her toe back into the world of music with her solo album, Never Or Now.
Singer/songwriter Lleuwen Steffan is forging a unique fusion of jazz and Welsh folk from her home at Penmon, Anglesey.
The seminal anti-establishment North Walian production outfit that invented Welsh-language hip-hop.
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.
Lostprophets are British rock sensations, plucked from obscurity on the underground punk-rock circuit by the American record industry.
Lowri Evans is a modern folk artist operating in both English and Welsh.
Mabon are an 'interceltic' band based largely in Wales, who are bringing together music from across the Celtic areas of Europe.
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.
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.
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.
One of the most beautiful, luminous voices ever to grace the opera and concert stages.
Avant-garde spiky pop loveliness from a new indie press darling.
"Writing songs and playing my own music is all I've ever wanted to do," says the Newport singer-songwriter.
Martin Carr was the songwriter behind The Boo Radleys - hitmakers of the BritPop era. Now, he's recording solo.
Originally hailing from Penarth, Martyn Joseph reached the charts with his 1992 single Dolphins Make Me Cry.
Mary Hopkin was the Welsh teenager who became an internationally successful folk singer after signing to The Beatles' Apple label.
Abergavenny's Matthew Jay was on the cusp of success by the time of his tragically early death in 2003.
Having been a folk hero for over 30 years, Max Boyce has always resolutely remained true to his Welsh roots.
Black sheep of the Cardiff indie scene, Mclusky displayed a contempt for their peers that bordered on the misanthropic. Not for the fainthearted.
Meic Stevens is one of the most popular and influential traditional musicians from Wales.
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 is a scene-leading Barry-raised hip-hop producer (and occasional rapper) drawing from an eclectic sonic palette.
In 2007 the Metro Weekender - consisting of Cardiff Calling and South West Four - came to Cooper's Field in Cardiff.
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.
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.
Natasha Marsh is a classical crossover soprano delighting audiences with selections ranging from arias to classic pop.
This Newport-born singer is much in demand for his rich bass-baritone voice and versatile acting skills.
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.
This Cardiff-born conductor's passion for orchestral music-making remains undimmed after more than 40 years in the business.
With a Welsh indie heritage of some renown, Paper Aeroplanes are establishing themselves as ones to watch.
Founded in 1893, the Parc and Dare Band is one of Wales and the UK's best-known and respected brass bands.
The brightest star from a TV talent show who wowed audiences worldwide.
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 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.
The Penarth-based singer songwriter now signed to Universal/Island.
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".
Listen to Billy Bragg talking to us about the shows he played in aid of miners' families.