Here at Orchard we're passionate about a lot of things, Live music being one. Marketing and Social Coordinator for Orchard. Live, Rich talks about his current favourite Welsh language artists that you need to add to your playlist, just in time for Dydd Miwsig Cymru!
Dydd Miwsig Cymru takes place on Friday 8th February, which is all about celebrating songs in the Welsh language. Firstly I must confess and much to my sin, I’m not a Welsh speaker, but, that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy listening to Welsh language music.
So I’m here to talk about my current 3 favourite Welsh language artists.
This band is proof that you don’t have to speak Welsh to appreciate its beautiful sounds! I first discovered these whilst listening to ‘Rock This’ playlist on Spotify about a year ago. A blues rock duo from Llanrug, North Wales who spit out big riffs over clunky heavy drum beats. Start with ‘Gwenwyn’, buy the ticket and take the ride. They became the first band with a Welsh Language song to hit over 1 million streams on Spotify and since then have gone on to hit over 2 million streams. If you love Royal Blood, The Black Keys or blues rock then give this a whirl.
A 6 piece Cardiff post-rock band that combine urgent aggression with melody, sitting somewhere between emo and punk. Huw Stephens said that Breichiau Hir “will leave you wanting to cry and learn welsh” and we aren’t disagreeing with him. The band released a double a side ‘Mewn Darnau’ and ‘Halen’ on the uber cool Libertino records last year and we’ve watched them light up the Cardiff scene in 2018. Missed out on our show with IDLES then get your ears around these!
9bach are critically adored across folk circles across the UK including BBC Radio 2, who have had them in for numerous sessions and won ‘Best Album’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2015. Their Welsh folk music has transformed over the years into a distinctive and distinguishing style encompassing bits of world music, indie rock, jazz and experimental pop to become a progressive experimental folk-rock sextet. Perfect listening for if you want to relax or get your teeth stuck into something deep and meaningful.
Want to listen to these and more? Then click here or pop along to many of the gigs happening over the weekend across the country.