Adam Walton playlist and show info: Sunday 1 May 2011
We begin this week's show with a tribute to Les Morrison, a key member of the Welsh musical community, who sadly passed away on Friday 29 April. Les set up Stwdio Les in Bethesda, a facility he would allow the local bands to use for free.
Back at the tail-end of the '80s and the early years of the '90s, studios were expensive and the experience and opportunities Stwdio Les gave to many nascent Welsh talents (including Gruff Rhys & Cerys Matthews) were priceless and key to them getting their music to a wider audience.
Les was a fine musician too, contributing banjo and inspiration to recordings by Super Furry Animals, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, The Peth, Bob Delyn A'r Ebillion et al. He was also Super Furry Animals' guitar technician. I didn't know Les personally, but everything that I've read about him since his death on Friday speaks of a much-loved, musically intuitive and helpful man.
Our condolences to his family and friends.
Find out more about Les at his website: lesismore.co.uk
And read Gruff Rhys' touching tribute to his friend: gruffrhys.com/in-loving-memory-of-les-morrison/
Elsewhere in the show, Alan Holmes introduces us to the lyrical acoustic wonderment of Alasdair Bouch's music. Lara Catrin translates something heart-rending from Y Bandana, and Ben Hayes shows us why Bill Wyman's reputation should be more about his musical talents than his penchant for women a third of his age.
We have a selection of bristling, excellent and inspirational new Welsh music including debut plays for Crack Fox, Sleepy Panda Club, Phrazer, Bitform, i-de-ate, Little Nell, Spires & Jay T.
Please send demos/new releases/gig info to email@example.com or in the post:
BBC Radio Wales
Canolfan y Diwydiannau Creadigol/Centre for the Creative Industries
Prifysgol Glyndwr/Glyndwr University
Via our Twitter Jukebox, we also have your selection of Lost Welsh Classics - songs & bands that you feel should have got more recognition... everything from Novocaine to Heather Jones. Some *great* choices.
This week the jukebox is looking for your suggestions of Great Welsh Album Tracks... songs from our best artists that never got released as singles, but should have done. https://twitter.com/welshmusic - or post a reply.
The key Welsh releases this week are: The Keys (Bitten By Wolves album), Chloe Leavers (All These Things EP,), Anni Rossi (Heavy Meadow LP), Little Arrow (Music, Masks & Poems EP), Revoker (Revenge For the Ruthless LP), Pete Lawrie (A Little Brighter LP), Y Niwl (Undegsaith single) - all highly recommended.
Have an excellent, music-filled week (the comma is optional!)
THE PETH - 'Last Man Standing'
Bangor / Bethesda / Ruthin
FFA COFFI PAWB - 'Valium'
GORKY'S ZYGOTIC MYNCI - 'Where Does Yer Go Now?'
LOS CAMPESINOS - 'Light Leaves, Dark Sees'
GALLOPS - 'Joust'
MULATU ASTATKE - 'Yegelle Tezeta'
Ethiopia / Wrexham
BIG LEAVES - 'Racing Birds'
TRWBADOR - 'Sun In The Winter'
Camarthen / Cardiff
BENCH - 'Your Badly Fitting Skin'
CRACK FOX - 'Heavy Cloud'
SLEEPY PANDA CLUB - 'Medicated'
CARTOON - 'Alcoholic Show'
NOVOCAINE - 'Cellophane Wrapped New Head'
SKINDRED - 'Cut Dem'
ALAN HOLMES - 'Spoken Contribution'
ALASDAIR BOUCH - 'The Conquistador Repents'
Bangor / Prague
PHRAZER - 'Nazz Mk Ii'
CUBARE - 'Punx Snot Dead, It Just Sux Now'
Y NIWL - 'Un Deg Saith'
KEYS, THE - 'Bitten By Wolves'
Resolven / Cardiff
CHLOE LEAVERS - 'All These Things'
ANNI ROSSI - 'Candyland'
Chicago / New York (cardiff Label)
LITTLE ARROW - 'Aeroplane'
REVOKER - 'Time To Die'
PETE LAWRIE - 'All That We Keep ( Don Diablo Remix )'
BITFORM - 'Something You Should Know ( Friends Electric Remix )'
GOODTIME BOYS - 'Daylight'
HEATHER JONES - 'Syrcas O Liw'
DATBLYGU - 'Casserole Efeilliaid'
I-DE-ATE - 'Negative Cycles'
MELYS - 'Chinese Whispers'
Capel Curig / Betws Y Coed
LITTLE NELL - 'Nonchalance'
ARMSTRONG - 'Bank Holiday Monday'
SPIRES - 'Best Of Intentions'
ZABRINSKI - 'Blen'
EUROS CHILDS - 'Pontiago'
LARA CATRIN - 'Spoken Contribution'
Bangor / Cardiff
Y BANDANA - 'Can Y Tân'
JAY T - 'Shut Up Iris'
Llandudno / Conwy
BEN HAYES - 'Spoken Contribution'
BILL WYMAN - 'Nuclear Reactions'
UNDER ALIEN SKIES - 'Slew ( Sweeping The Nation Comp Version )'
SHY AND THE FIGHT - 'Living ( Sweeping The Nation Comp Version )'
Chester / Llangollen