Dydd Miwsig Cymru - Welsh Language Music Day 2019
The fourth annual Dydd Miwsig Cymru (Welsh Language Music Day) takes place on Friday 8th February; it has solid foundations to build on - last year the event reached a total 73 million people.
Fuelled by the efforts of committed small record labels (with the brilliant, leftfield activities of Libertino the best example), and the emergence of genuinely exciting new bands such as Alffa and Adwaith, Welsh language music is currently a maelstrom of creativity and energy.
It is barely credible that a community of 600,000 or so native Welsh speakers can create such a diverse scene; nevertheless, and perhaps most thoroughly since it was initiated as a project, 2019's Dydd Miwsig Cymru fully expresses both its breadth and depth.
Confirmed gigs/events to mark the day (All 08.02 unless stated) include:
- Anorac (Film) : Arts Centre : 5:45pm / £5.90-£6.90 : Details
- Karen Owen / Patrobas : Arts Centre - Cicio'r bar : 7:45pm / £7 : Details
- Alys Williams / Lisa Taylor : Storiel : 7pm / £8-11.25 : Details
- Anorac (Film) : Pontio : 8.15pm / £5.50-£7.50 : Details (also showing Sunday 10th)
- Anorac (Film) : Cell B
Al Lewis / Bwncath : Clwb Canol Dre : Details
- HMS Morris : John Lewis - special performance : 11am-11.30am
- Gwilym / CHROMA / Rhys Dafis / Ani Glass / R. Seiliog : Clwb Ifor Bach : 4pm - 8pm / Free
- Brigyn / Sera : St Johns Canton Church : 7.30pm : Details
- Sat 9 February : Mr / Omaloma / Bitw : Clwb Llanrwst : 8pm / £10 : Details
- Sat 9 February : HMS Morris / Seazoo / Ani Glass / Blind Wilke McEnroe : Tŷ Pawb : 5.45pm / Free : Details
New music to be released for the event will include a double AA single from Los Blancos, a single from Hyll, an acoustic EP from I Fight Lions and a new track from Adwaith. There is also a compilation album, AM18, coordinated by PYST, and a school tour.
A celebratory day such as this, and the positive sharing of a contemporary culture that is exploding with talent, is surely the most sure footed way to bring people to a greater appreciation of the Welsh language and its creative community. The last word musically for this year, as for our 2017 piece on the same event, is left to old(er) masters Brython Shag.
For more about Dydd Miwsig Cymru / Welsh Language Music Day go here.
BRYTHON SHAG I Dwnsia ne Granda