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Adwaith Win Welsh Music Prize 2019 For Debut Album 'Melyn'

Thursday, 28 November 2019 Written by Laura Johnson

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Adwaith have won the Welsh Music Prize for their debut album, 'Melyn'.

The Carmarthen trio saw off competition from Cate Le Bon, Accü, audiobooks, Carwyn Ellis, Deyah, Estrons, HMS Morris, Lleuwen, Lucus J Rowe, Mr, and VRi, to succeed last year’s winners, Boy Azooga, who took home the gong for '1,2, Kung Fu!''.

Adwaith accepted the award from Huw Stephens at the Coal Exchange in Cardiff last night (November 27). He said:

"A very exciting and deserved winner from an exceptional shortlist. Adwaith have made a real impact with their personal, beautiful music that captures what it’s like to be young, female, frustrated and bewildered at the world we live in."

During their acceptance speech, the band said:

“This is so insane! Thank you to everyone that bought the album, and everyone that has helped us and supported us.”

Adwaith recently released a double a-side single, featuring new tracks Orange Sofa and Byd Ffug. Head below to listen to them and go here to check out our 2018 interview with the band about 'Melyn'.

Also announced last night was the Welsh Music Inspiration Award, which was given to Meredydd Evans and Phyllis Kinney, who dedicated their lives to music and in particular promoting Welsh folk music to the rest of the world. Arwel Rocet Jones collected the award on their behalf, as Evans passed away in 2015. 

Welsh Music Prize organisers also introduced the new Triskel Award, which is presented to three acts they consider to have, "a bright future for music in Wales." This year it was awarded to Rosehip Teahouse, Los Blancos and Hana2k.

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