Apr. 30th, 2011

glinda: mia milkshake (milkshake)
[personal profile] glinda
So, this is a perhaps, unusual question but I thought it might make a good resource post for other people.

Anyway, out in meatspace I do hospital radio show of a Sunday, which specialises in Scottish music - mostly rock and pop but with wee features on unsigned/up-and-coming bands and folk music. Every so often I like to mix things up and do special editions of the show (eg for St Patricks Day I did an Irish version) and I wanted to do a Welsh version of the show. Now I have music by a decent number of Welsh bands and singers (Manics, Stereophonics, Catatonia, Super Furry Animals, The Automatic, Lost Prophets, Tom Jones, Bonnie Tyler, Jem, Charlotte Church etc) in my collection but I don't know very much about unsigned/up-and-coming Welsh bands (I was recently introduced to Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog but that's about the extent of it) and even less about the folk music scene in Wales.

Therefore this is a request, for whatever you can tell me about Welsh folk music. Are there other traditional welsh music forms that I should be introducing my audience to? Or perhaps up and coming Welsh indie bands that incorporate traditional or specifically welsh instruments?

Also my quick and dirty google and last.fm searches for welsh music comes up with a lot of welsh-language rock and indie, is this representative of the welsh music scene or did I just stumble into a niche? (A lot of them seem comparatively successful, at least compared to their Gaelic language conterparts up here)
shanaqui: Raijin and Fujin from Final Fantasy VIII. Text: got your back. ((RaijinFujin) Got your back)
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Can't believe I didn't think of posting here! For [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw, I'm running a FAQ on Wales. The index post is here, the prompts post is here. There're lots of questions being asked, and it's really a free for all, so it'd be great if other people can join in!

If you're interested in Anglo-Welsh literature, I did a looong post about it last night, here. I also did a post about the relationship between Wales and the UK (mostly England), here.
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[personal profile] rhian_crockett
Posted here by [personal profile] draigwen's suggestion... A little story written for [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw. The best way to describe it is to say that it's a bit of an answer to one of the tales from the Mabinogion, the story of Lleu Llaw Gyffes and Blodeuwedd.

It was originally intended to LGBT-ify the Mabinogion (or that particular story, anyway), but that's not particularly apparent unless you take authorial intention into account. I explained a bit more about the original story and about the way I wrote the story at the entry, if you're interested. The entry is here.

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