Archives for February 2010

Wales Music Day

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Adam Walton Adam Walton | 14:28 UK time, Friday, 26 February 2010

So, here we are, a handful of days away from Wales Music Day, BBC Radio Wales' inaugural celebration of Welsh music's contribution to Welsh culture and the economy, on St David's Day 2010.

I had the idea a couple of years ago: a flag day for Welsh music staged by the national station. It would signify a real and ongoing commitment to Welsh music and Welsh musicians. Most importantly, it would be a fascinating and entertaining listen for the station's audience.

Back at the end of November we had the go ahead to organise this musical feast. Three months might seem like a long time to pull this together, especially if you're used to hit 'n' run, impromptu gigs, but those months soon feel like minutes when you have Christmas in between and other programme commitments to fulfil.

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Cable flies the flag for Welsh music

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BBC Wales Music BBC Wales Music | 13:29 UK time, Friday, 26 February 2010

Stuart Cable returns to BBC Radio Wales on St David's Day to help celebrate the station's first ever Wales Music Day.

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The ex-Stereophonics man will be joining Roy Noble on Monday to chew the fat on all things Welsh music.

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John Cale interview

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BBC Wales Music BBC Wales Music | 11:45 UK time, Friday, 26 February 2010

In the run-up to John Cale's performance of his seminal Paris 1919 album at London's Royal Festival Hall, BBC 6Music caught up with the ex-Velvet Underground man.

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Why play Welsh music on Radio Wales?

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BBC Wales Music BBC Wales Music | 07:48 UK time, Thursday, 25 February 2010

Wales Music Day this coming Monday (1 March) sees Radio Wales delve headfirst into the world of new Welsh music. Curated to a large degree by DJ Adam Walton and his production team, the day will involve a range of artists from across a few genres, from the country-tinged soft rock of Paper Aeroplanes to the harder stylings of Kids In Glass Houses.

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Facebook campaign aims for first Welsh-language hit single

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BBC Wales Music BBC Wales Music | 15:34 UK time, Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Hot on the heels of the successful bid to get Rage Against The Machine to the 2009 Christmas Number One spot comes another Facebook campaign, this time to achieve the first Welsh-language Top 40 hit single.

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Chris Moyles announces Bangor's Big Weekend

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BBC Wales Music BBC Wales Music | 10:53 UK time, Wednesday, 24 February 2010

At a special outside broadcast in Bangor this morning, Radio 1's Chris Moyles announced that the pop station's Big Weekend event will be taking place in Bangor's Faenol estate on 22 and 23 May this year.

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One act has so far been announced: chart star Pixie Lott. More acts will be announced in the next few weeks.

20,000 tickets per day will be made available to the public, and registration for tickets will take place online in the near future.


Los Campesinos! interview

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Bethan Elfyn Bethan Elfyn | 13:04 UK time, Tuesday, 23 February 2010

The skin is pale English rose, the knees are bloodied and bruised, and blood trickles down the shin. In the background there's a delicate floral sheet just covering a quilted eiderdown. There's a fragility to the picture, it's a reminder of the playground, it's a reminder of youth and the past, and it's slightly bleached as proper film pictures used to be. It's the cover for the fabulous gatefold album from Los Campesinos! that I bought recently and wanted to blog about weeks ago, but finally get round to it today.

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BBC Introducing's The Long Report

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Bethan Elfyn Bethan Elfyn | 17:47 UK time, Monday, 22 February 2010

If you are a budding band, producer, DJ then I hope you've discovered the BBC Introducing website. It's full of useful information for new artists, and is the vital hub connecting all the new music shows across the BBC.

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A night of free musical wonderment at Hendre Hall

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Adam Walton Adam Walton | 17:36 UK time, Monday, 22 February 2010

On Saturday 6 March 2010, BBC Radio Wales, in conjunction with Radio 1 and Radio Cymru's C2, will be hosting a night of free musical wonderment at Hendre Hall, Tal Y Bont (off the A55, just outside Bangor).

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Charlotte Church to be Lloyd Webber talent show judge

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BBC Wales Music BBC Wales Music | 16:33 UK time, Thursday, 18 February 2010

Charlotte Church has been announced as one of the judges on Andrew Lloyd Webber's forthcoming BBC TV talent show Over The Rainbow.

The panel of judges, which also includes John Partridge and Sheila Hancock, will help decide who'll play Dorothy in a new stage production of The Wizard Of Oz.

"I'm so looking forward to working with Andrew - he's an icon of the music industry, and a real hero of mine," said Church. "My career started with Pie Jesu, which was of course written by Andrew, so it feels like I've come full circle."

More on Over The Rainbow can be found in the BBC News report.

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Welsh label releases album of Haitian music in aid of earthquake victims

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BBC Wales Music BBC Wales Music | 15:05 UK time, Thursday, 18 February 2010

Welsh record label Red Eye Music is rush-releasing a compilation of music recorded in Port-au-Prince in aid of the victims of the recent earthquake.

Haiti Vodou: The Drums Of Haiti will be released on 1 March with 100% of profits going to relief efforts in Haiti.

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Paper Aeroplanes, Georgia Ruth at The Boardwalk, Sheffield

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Adam Walton Adam Walton | 14:57 UK time, Thursday, 18 February 2010

The Boardwalk in Sheffield is one of the many unpretentious music venues dotted around the less celebrated parts of the country that manages to be the first and last, beer-sticky rung on the ladder for many of our music-making folk.

A handwritten history on a scrap of paper on the dressing room wall details the notable talents who have passed through: AC/DC, the Pretenders, the Clash, Patto (mentioned for my friend, Ben, who'll get a kick out of that) - it's quite a list.

The posters at the entrance tell the story of the other end of the spectrum: Mentallica, Limehouse Lizzy and, the night following my visit, Sgt Pepper's Only Dartboard Band. I'm not decrying tribute bands, frequently it's the punters who come in to see these that subsidise a venue's ability to support upcoming, independent talent.

So, I'm here to see Milford Haven's exquisite Paper Aeroplanes and Aberystwyth's Georgia Ruth.

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Track by track guide: Marina And The Diamonds - The Family Jewels

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BBC Wales Music BBC Wales Music | 13:58 UK time, Thursday, 18 February 2010

Ahead of the release of her debut album this Monday, we've been listening to the record that looks like it's going to propel the half-Welsh half-Greek Marina And The Diamonds into the bigtime. Here's our track-by-track guide to the sound of The Family Jewels.

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Los Campesinos!, Islet, Wrexham (11 February 2010)

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Adam Walton Adam Walton | 10:25 UK time, Thursday, 18 February 2010

I don't know how I've managed to avoid Los Campesinos! over the four-ish years since I first played them on the radio. Their ascent was as quick and exciting as any Welsh band of the last decade. The fact that they're playing Central Station in Wrexham, just round the corner from where I work, is great squared, to the power of 10.

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Photo: Paul Gregory

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Bullet For My Valentine announce third album

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BBC Wales Music BBC Wales Music | 10:25 UK time, Wednesday, 17 February 2010

The third album by Porthcawl's metal heroes Bullet For My Valentine has been announced with a release date set for 26 April.

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Blue plaque for opera star

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BBC Wales Music BBC Wales Music | 10:13 UK time, Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Welsh opera star Sir Geraint Evans will be celebrated with the unveiling of a blue plaque at Pontypridd High School this year.

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The plaque to the world-famous singer - who was born in Cilfynydd and who died in 1992 - will be unveiled at Pontypridd High School on 14 May.

Welsh artists storm Classical Brits

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BBC Wales Music BBC Wales Music | 09:10 UK time, Tuesday, 16 February 2010

While the Welsh presence at the Brit Awards tonight may be a little paltry, in the classical version of the awards, the country has no fewer than three nominees up for Best Classical Album.

Ex X Factor man Rhydian Roberts is nominated for O Fortuna, while Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir are nominated for Voices Of The Valley: Memory Lane and Only Men Aloud are up for their album Band Of Brothers.

The Classical Brit Awards take place on 13 May.

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The Welsh at the Brit Awards

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BBC Wales Music BBC Wales Music | 08:10 UK time, Tuesday, 16 February 2010

With the Brit Awards on tonight, and Duffy and Marina And The Diamonds the sole Welsh representatives (Duffy as part of the frankly execrable list of the best 'BRITs Album of 30 Years' which is as nonsensical as its title, and Marina as one of the Critics' Choice nominees), we've been reliving some past Welsh involvement in the annual music industry backslap.

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Axxon: dubstep, breakcore, drum and bass and a whole lot of fun!

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Bethan Elfyn Bethan Elfyn | 17:36 UK time, Monday, 15 February 2010

Based on some crunchy remixes and promising original tracks the team here in BBC towers thought we'd continue to focus and feature a run of really young new names here in Wales producing exciting music.

From Leucine, Ivan Moult, to Hail! The Planes, the bands and producers in session have given the show a sparky start to 2010, and helped us get to know the Welsh music scene's new breed of musicians. This week we stuck our necks out a bit and had a really new producer in to do a mix.

With just two week's notice Axxon (aka Jack Meadows from Newport/Monmouth) took to the challenge like duck to water, and his wealth and bredth of musical choices were brave, bold and adventurous. You'll have to listen back to the show to hear his brilliant mix, but exclusively for the blog I wanted to find out a bit more about him.

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Rhydian joins Welsh stars for Haiti

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BBC Wales Music BBC Wales Music | 14:47 UK time, Monday, 15 February 2010

Tonight (Monday 15 February) sees a host of Welsh stars performing at a charity concert at Cardiff's St David's Hall in aid of Haiti earthquake victims.


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Film director goes to Amlwch for Lemmy: The Movie

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BBC Wales Music BBC Wales Music | 12:55 UK time, Monday, 15 February 2010

A film director working on a biopic on Lemmy, the frontman of Motorhead and once of Hawkwind, has gone to Lemmy's primary school in Amlwch to find out more about his formative years.

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Ryder Cup concert announced

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BBC Wales Music BBC Wales Music | 10:22 UK time, Monday, 15 February 2010

An "all star line-up" of musicians, golfers and celebrities will appear at a concert to celebrate the start of the Ryder Cup on 29 September.

So far no acts have been announced for the Welcome To Wales event but organisers Live Nation told the Western Mail that the event will feature "international superstars including popular Welsh artists".

Assembly First Minister Carwyn Jones said, "This is an ideal way to kick-start proceedings and show the world what Wales has to offer".

Speculation will inevitably start about potential artists for the gig and we at BBC Wales Music will indulge by saying that Manic Street Preachers' Nicky Wire is famed for his love of golf. And their 2007 album was called Send Away The Tigers - surely no coincidence?

Who do you think should appear?

A Valentine's collection of Welsh love songs

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BBC Wales Music BBC Wales Music | 13:22 UK time, Thursday, 11 February 2010

Sometimes they're schmaltzy, sometimes they're silly, sometimes they're deeply affecting, but 'love' songs are the oldest form of pop music.

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Adam Walton playlist and show info: Sunday 7 February 2010

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Adam Walton Adam Walton | 11:38 UK time, Thursday, 11 February 2010

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00qnsyp/Adam_Walton_07_02_2010/

This week's show features the first part of a celebration of the Independent Music Award winning compilation album Blodeugerdd: Song of the Flowers - an Anthology of Welsh Music and Song. The compiler and producer of the album, acknowledged authority on traditional Welsh music, Ceri Rhys Matthews, joins us to tell us about how the album was commissioned by Smithsonian Folkways; how the album was recorded; and various other aspects of this fascinating and beautiful album.
https://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=3229

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Ivan Moult: word of mouth sensation

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Bethan Elfyn Bethan Elfyn | 17:40 UK time, Tuesday, 9 February 2010

As you hopefully know by now, BBC Introducing, my radio show, is all about unearthing some brand new talent and maybe play some music you'll have never heard before. Discovering that music comes in many shapes and ways and one of the best ways always has been 'word of mouth'.

No amount of internet connection will replace talking amongst a group of people about a great gig you've seen or a wonderful CD you've bought. Its one of the best things after all about getting to know your local record shop - but that's another story.
 
Its through a student radio DJ, Dan Potts, at Cardiff's Xpress radio that I came to hear about this week's session artist, Ivan Moult. Dan had seen Ivan perform in the student open mic night, and as a fellow student saw how popular Ivan was becoming at these gigging occasions.
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Y Niwl: surf's up in Gwynedd

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Adam Walton Adam Walton | 11:59 UK time, Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Look, there are those who will outright dismiss the idea of guitar instrumental surf-ish music in 2010. I wonder if those same people forego pizza because it's been around for a couple of centuries; thumb their nose at the moon for being an old fart of a planetary satellite; and only read novels finished the day after they start reading them.

But one man's passé is another man's revelation, and in my book there's nowt as passé as prescriptivism. All that counts, generally, are vision and the passion to see that vision through.

Y Niwl's vision is guitar instrumentals in the tradition of Dick Dale, Link Wray and the Ventures. The junkshop organ that oscillates through flipside Tri hints at The Tornados' Joe Meek-produced Telstar, a record that changed the instrumental forever, that became iconic because of its experimental sounds and recording techniques.

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Welsh label celebrates fifth birthday with compilation

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BBC Wales Music BBC Wales Music | 08:56 UK time, Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Welsh-language label Rasal celebrates its fifth birthday this year with a new compilation featuring artists on the label and its sister imprints Copa and Gwymon.

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Katherine Jenkins appeals to Cowell for X Factor slot

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BBC Wales Music BBC Wales Music | 10:03 UK time, Monday, 8 February 2010

Popstar To Operastar judge and Welsh 'popera' mainstay Katherine Jenkins has issued a 'come and get me' appeal to X Factor kingpin Simon Cowell to replace Dannii Minogue on the hit ITV show.

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Live: Victorian English Gentlemens Club, The Irascibles, Brandyman

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Adam Walton Adam Walton | 15:26 UK time, Friday, 5 February 2010

I'm a long way from home. 154 miles if I came via Shrewsbury, 202 if I'd chanced the motorway. I can't remember. I was up at 5:30am. And I've had a couple of beers. I wasn't intending on reviewing this, but I heard stuff that intrigued me and have to share. The memories are fuzzy. Please forgive.

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Race Horses: Goodbye Falkenburg. New album out now!

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Bethan Elfyn Bethan Elfyn | 16:58 UK time, Thursday, 4 February 2010

Determination is a wonderful thing, and you'll find no less a determined bunch than the band Race Horses, made up of members Meilyr Jones, Alun Gaffey, Dylan Hughes and Gwion Llewelyn.

Despite line up changes, years and years of performing, and travelling from the four corners of Wales to various gigs, in the last few months they really have flowered as a band and blossomed with newly-released album Goodbye Falkenburg.

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