Adam Walton playlist and show info: Sunday 4 April 2010
This week's show features Bethesda's 9bach recorded live at Hendre Hall, Tal Y Bont last month. Their eponymous debut album (released on Gwymon last year) manages to to weave traditional Welsh folk songs into a modern context. It's as informed in the space and emotive drama of the likes of Massive Attack as it is in its source material. A phenomenal album that will stand as a touchstone for Welsh folk music for years to come.
Listen to this week's show: bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00rx9t6/Adam_Walton_04_04_2010/
It was seeing 9bach at Hendre Hall back in October of last year that inspired me to organise our event there, such was the perfect marriage between the candlelit, mediaeval venue and 9bach's music - and so it proved. I'm a man who never misses a chance to douse you in hyperbole but this is one of the most incredible sets of music it has ever been my pleasure to broadcast. Honest injun.
In equally melodramatic tones, I'd like to state that The School's debut album Loveless Unbeliever is my favourite Welsh pop album of all time. Liz Hunt - the band's catalyst and creative core - comes in in a mackintosh to protect herself from my dribble. Drivel. Both.
Huw Pooh blows the dust off an ancient long player from Blonde On Blonde (Welsh band, not the Bob Dylan album), in his ongoing search for all things old, Welsh and inspirational.
Lara Catrin translates the rather wordy but brilliant Dallt Y Dalltins by Tystion.
Bethan Elfyn interviews Wrexham's Polly Mackey & the Pleasure Principle for us at South By Southwest in Texas a couple of weeks ago.
And we have excellent new Welsh music for you.
Please send more Welsh music hot with creative fire to: email@example.com with a short biography and a contact number.
Or, post to:
Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales, Library & Arts Centre, Rhosddu Rd., WREXHAM LL11 1AU (please note the change to the postcode).
Many thanks / diolch yn fawr iawn,