From electronic to music for children – a diverse mixture of music on the shortlist of the Welsh Language Album of the Year Award 2015.

The National Eisteddfod Montgomeryshire and the Marches have announced the shortlist for the Gwobr Albwm Cymraeg y Flwyddyn (Welsh Language Album of the Year), which will be awarded at this year’s National Eisteddfod.

The shortlist was chosen by an expert panel from the Welsh music industry with the aim of promoting Welsh language music recorded or released between 1 March 2014 and 30 April this year.

On the shortlist is:

  • 9 Bach – Tincian (Real World)
  • Al Lewis – Heulwen o Hiraeth (Al Lewis)
  • Candelas – Bodoli’n Ddistaw (I-Kaching)
  • Datblygu – Erbyn Hyn (Ankst)
  • Fernhill – Amser
  • Gwenno - Y Dydd Olaf (Peski)
  • Yws Gwynedd - Codi/\Cysgu
  • Geraint Jarman - Dwyn yr Hogyn Nol (Ankst)
  • Plu – Holl Anifeiliaid y Goedwig (Sain)
  • R Seiliog - In HZ (Turnstyle)

One of the organisers, Guto Brychan, said:

“It’s great to see such a varied line-up on this year’s shortlist, and the list is very different to last year.  It’s been a great year for Welsh language music and the shortlist reflects this.  Many of the albums have grasped the imagination of the jury and it’ll be interesting to hear what the judges have to say during their session on the Maes during Eisteddfod week.“

"This is the Award’s second year.  It was first created because the Eisteddfod wanted to give due attention to music or created recently in Welsh over the past year.  The Eisteddfod presents a number of awards and honours every year, and there are prizes for specific genres of music, but this award has been created to celebrate Welsh language music across the board over the past year.”

The Award will be presented in Caffi Maes B at the National Eisteddfod on Friday, 7 August.

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