Osian Williams with Candelas at Gwobrau Selar
Osian Williams with Candelas at Gwobrau Selar
Performing for Candelas, Siddi, Palenco and many more Osian is a versatile performer and composer who's also won the Musician's Medal at the National Eisteddfod 2015.

What was your first experience of Welsh music?

My first experience of Welsh language music was probably singing in primary school (and in every Eisteddfod!). Every Friday afternoon at school the service was extended to half an hour and Mrs. Edwards taught popular Welsh songs to us – this memory definitely stands out strongly in my mind.

Outside of school I was lucky that my big sister was obsessed with Welsh language music so I just listened to whatever she listened to. When I was around 9 or 10 my sister and I started a band with a friend from the village to compete in the local Eisteddfod. We were called ‘Rocsgaliwns’ … embarrassing!!!

Who was your favourite Welsh language band or musician whilst growing up?

Big Leaves are still my favourite Welsh band! They made me want to be in a band to begin with so if there was ever a Big Leaves reunion one day, I’d be the first to buy a ticket.

What is your favourite Welsh language album or song ever?

Again, I’d have to say ‘Pwy Sy’n Galw’ by Big Leaves. In my opinion nobody has created such a good rock album since then. 

What’s the best Welsh language music performance you have ever seen?

Difficult question! There’s so many I could list!... I went to see Euros Childs at Neuadd Ogwen recently and he was amazing so he gets my prize for best performance.

Has Welsh language music influenced your life in any way?

Honestly, my life has always revolved around Welsh language music. It’s allowed me to be a professional musician (ish) and I don’t think I would have had half the chances if I sang in another language.

What are you listening to at the moment?

The new Huw M album is what I’ve been listening to recently and that’s a lovely album! I was also very lucky to be able to record a few things on Brigyn’s new album so that has also been played a lot recently.

Finish this sentence ‘Without Welsh language music...’

......Without Welsh language Music I’d probably be without a job, without much confidence and possibly without a roof over my head! No, I don’t want to think about my life without Welsh language music!'

Interested in hearing more Welsh language contemporary music? Have a look on our Contemporary Music page for more information.

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