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Welsh Music Prize shortlist announced

By | Published on Monday 21 September 2015

Welsh Music Prize

It’s the fifth year of the Welsh Music Prize, and to celebrate, well, more to enable the entire venture to go ahead really, because without a shortlist you ain’t got a Mercury Prize-style music award, but my point is this, the shortlist is out for the fifth ever Welsh Music Prize.

Though this year the shortlist isn’t as short, with fifteen albums from Welsh artists up for consideration, compared to twelve in past years. And there are more Welsh language releases on the list than ever before too.

Welsh Music Prize co-founder John Rostron says: “We are very proud to announce this year’s shortlist. In light of the fact that over 60 albums in total were put forward we decided to include fifteen albums on the shortlist this year. I think the list represents our most diverse edition to date and includes outstanding releases from both established acts and newcomers”.

And here is that list…

Calan – Dinas (Sain)
Catfish And The Bottlemen – The Balcony (Island/Communion Records)
Geraint Jarman – Dwyn yr Hogyn Nol (AnkstMusic)
Gwenno – Y Dydd Olaf (Heavenly Recordings/Peski)
H Hawkline – In The Pink Condition (Heavenly Recordings)
Hippies Vs Ghosts – Droogs
Houdini Dax – Naughty Nation (Houdini Dax/Listen to This)
Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter (Fortuna POP!)
Keys – Ring the Changes (See Monkey Do Monkey)
Paper Aeroplanes – Joy (My First Records)
Richard James – All The New Highways (Self-released)
Tender Prey – Organ Calzone (Bird)
Trwbador – Several Wolves (Owlet)
Zarelli – Soft Rains (Bronze Rat)
Zefur Wolves – Zefur Wolves (Strangetown)