Rambling facial hair, open-toed sandals and an acoustic guitar all help create the image of the lovable folk fan. Saima Razzaq dispels the myth.
The caricature of the grizzled, hippy-ish music fan can be seen as fundamental to the genre, but in recent years we have seen a new wave of Welsh artists challenging this representation and experimenting with the fundementals of traditional folk and country.
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci were some of the most influential musicians from Wales to produce and adapt an alternate folk sound, using their traditional roots and adding a touch of psychedelic and progressive rock to create their very own unique sound, Gorky's were truly a remarkable band who helped pave the way for many artists to come.
It's not just folk sounds that Welsh artists have been experimenting with: traditional country music has also been adapted and updated.
But it's not just folk sounds that Welsh artists have been experimenting with: traditional country music has also been adapted and updated. Christopher Rees is undoubtedly one of the leading contributors to adapt tradtional country sounds, with his brand of country-infused blues rock.
Nevertheless, alongside a modern approach, traditional folk and country still remains popular in Wales. Musicians such as Meic Stevens and Fernhill for many years have worked long and hard to promote Wales and its traditional music. Many write in both English and Welsh creating musical elements that reflect their unique heritage.
The internationally acclaimed Green Man Festival has also given a higher profile to Welsh folk artists. The festival was created by Brecon duo It's Jo And Danny in 2003 to cater to fans of folk and folk related genres.
It is clear that musicians will continue to use their traditional roots to create something new and vibrant. As Christopher Rees says, "it's that kind of music I've always been drawn to, something with a bit more edge and sustenance."