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  • Patrobas ReviewPATROBAS : LLE AWN NI NESA'?
    Two years on from their debut EP the evolving contemporary folk of the Llŷn peninsula's Patrobas has been condensed into a set of ten uplifting and spirited songs for their first album. It does not disappoint - read the review.
  • NEW VIDEO : CHRIS JONES & EVE GOODMAN : SI HEI LWLI
    Eve Goodman is a very talented singer songwriter from Caernarfon who has recently released a new EP, Low Sun, on CEG Records; Chris Jones is a hugely accomplished folksinger from Cwm y Glo, who released a beautifully performed album, Dacw'r Tannau, in 2014. They recorded this impressive, lulling version of Si Hei Lwli together earlier this year.


  • Katey Brooks Live ReviewKATEY BROOKS LIVE REVIEW
    There is something exalted in the music of singer songwriter Katey Brooks - and it was magnificently evident in her 3rd Space show - full review.
  • Oblong Debut Album ReviewOBLONG DEBUT ALBUM : BRILIANT ... GWD
    Llanelli's Oblong have right the elements in place to be a great band, and this debut - with its melodic songs and wired, urban rock sound - is the album of the year so far: read the review.
  • HMS MorrisHMS MORRIS : MORBID MIND
    The latest single from the off kilter world of HMS Morris explores the subject of morbid curiosity - it's an indisputable musical success, and the accompanying video (below) intensifies the subtly unsettling and infectious psychedelic art-pop of the song. Tempted by this four minutes and two seconds, you can find more of HMS Morris' recorded work here. The band play Chester Live on June 23rd.


  • Tudur Owen ReviewTUDUR OWEN : NEVER WORN OR TORN
    Anglesey comedian Tudur Owen has a new Edinburgh Fringe show, 'Normal Wear & Tear', previewing next week in Colwyn Bay (The Station, Wednesday 21st - details here). As a warm up his recent Venue Cymru show was an impressive and hilarious demonstration of comedic craft, there's a review here - with details of his Fringe show and how to get tickets for it too.
  • Goat Roper 3rd Space ReviewTHE GOAT ROPER COUNTRY CLUB : EVERYTHING BUT THE BLUES
    A stomping, soulful triumph of an evening hosted by Rhuddlan's The Goat Roper Rodeo Band, as they and guest Ash Gray served up irresistible acoustic country blues at Llandudno's 3rd Space. With future guests Michelle Stodart (The Magic Numbers) and Lee Southall (The Coral) this looks like a monthly date not to be missed. Full review here.
  • The Immediate : Manbuoy ReviewNEW REVIEW : THE IMMEDIATE : MANBUOY
    Whilst the world will be, for a moment or more, distracted by Theresa May's struggles to hold together her own credibility and a minority government at the same time, this week will just as importantly see the release of Manbuoy by Mold's The Immediate - the album is "an unexpected power pop revelation" - and perhaps the exact musical antidote you might need to all the senseless confusion. Read more & listen to the album here.

  • A CRITICAL CLASH OF OPINIONS
    The difference between the opinion polls still showing a loud Tory lead and those which suggest it has collapsed to a shocked whisper is entirely how the different polling companies model whether younger people will vote. It is that simple, the difference between despair and hope - a high under 30 turnout means the latter. This applies to Wales as much as the rest of the UK; Billy Bragg always had the choice faced distilled into less than three minutes in this song - listen & repeat, then vote.


  • Red or DeadRED OR DEAD LIVE REVIEW
    An account of fearsome agit folk/punk in Conwy that takes in Hogarth, The Cranberries and Meryl Streep - read it here.

New Reviews

  • Patrobas ReviewPATROBAS : LLE AWN NI NESA'?
    Spirited contemporary folk
    [read more]
  • Oblong Debut Album ReviewOBLONG : BRILLIANT ... GWD
    Melodic songs and wired, urban rock sound
    [read more]
  • Tudur Owen ReviewTUDUR OWEN LIVE REVIEW
    Anglesey comedian Tudur Owen in fine headlining form
    [read more]
  • The Immediate : Manbuoy ReviewTHE IMMEDIATE : MANBUOY
    Manbuoy is "an unexpected power pop revelation"
    [read more]
  • Bendith EP ReviewBENDITH EP
    An exquisite follow up to their 2016 debut album
    [read more]
  • LASTIGBAND EP
    New garage psychedelic pop EP from Cae Gwyn label
    [read more]
  • SERA : LIVE REVIEW
    A spellbinding solo Christmas performance in Conwy
    [read more]
  • ALDEN, PATTERSON & DASHWOOD
    A superb debut folk album
    [read more]
  • Mr HuwMR HUW ALBUM
    A new album of dark but always melodic pop
    [read more]

New Articles & Interviews

  • PatrobasPATROBAS PROFILE
    An interview with Patrobas as they recorded their debut album - remarkable contemporary folk from the Llŷn Peninsula.
    Read the article here.
  • AdwaithFtM 2017 WATCHLIST
    Monico Blonde and Adwaith feature in the set of 13 pre-debut album bands we think will make exactly the right noise in 2017.
    See the full list.