Judges announced for Welsh Music Prize

By | Published on Tuesday 4 October 2011

Huw Stephens

Organisers of a new prize to recognise Welsh music talent have announced their judging panel for year one.

It will include Ashli Todd of Spillers Records, the BBC’s Bethan Elfyn, the NME’s Mike Williams and freelance journalist Jude Rogers, Coda Agency’s David Exley, Festival Republic’s Neil Pengelly, Moshi Moshi Records’ Stephen Bass, Eat Your Own Ears’ Tom Baker, NXNE’s Yvonne Matsell and Dai Davies, a member of the Arts Council Of Wales and a Governor at the Royal Welsh College Of Music And Drama.

Commenting on the panel, Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, a co-founder of the Welsh Music Prize, told CMU: “The judges for the Welsh Music Prize this year have been approached because of their active and important roles in the world of music promotion, management, nurturing and support. Each judge brings an expertise and a credibility to the Prize, and each judge will be asked to pick their favourite album from the shortlist. The judges are as varied as the albums nominated, and we look forward to the outcome on 21 Oct”.

The shortlisted albums for the Prize are as follows:

Al Lewis – In The Wake (ALM)
Colorama – Box (See Monkey Do Monkey Records)
Funeral For A Friend – Welcome Home Armageddon (Distiller Records)
Gruff Rhys – Hotel Shampoo (Ovni/Turnstile Music)
Lleuwen – Tan (Gwymon)
Manic Street Preachers – Postcards From A Young Man (Sony)
Stagga – The Warm Air Room (Rag and Bone Records)
Sweet Baboo – I’m a Dancer/Songs About Sleepin’ (Shape Records)
The Blackout – Hope (Cooking Vinyl)
The Gentle Good – Tethered For The Storm (Gwymon)
The Joy Formidable – Big Roar (Atlantic Records)
Y Niwl – Y Niwl (Aderyn Papur)