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Ani Glass, Gruff Rhys, Islet And Kidsmoke Among Names On Welsh Music Prize Shortlist

Thursday, 29 October 2020 Written by Jon Stickler

Ani Glass, Gruff Rhys, Islet and Kidsmoke are among the nominees for this year's Welsh Music Prize.

Returning for its 10th year and with an increased shortlist of 15 albums, the award recognises the best in creativity from the growing Welsh music scene.

Those shortlisted this year include Ani Glass and Colorama for 'Mirores' and 'Chaos Wonderland', respectively, while nominations also go to Cotton Wolf's 'Ofni', Deya's 'Care City', Don Leisure's 'Steel Zakuski', Georgia Ruth's 'Mai', 'Pang!' by Gruff Rhys, 'Eyelet' by Islet, 'Bring Me The Head of Jerry Garcia' by Keys, Kidsmoke's 'A Vision In The Dark', 'Sbwriel Gwyn' by Los Blancos, 'Valley Boy' by Luke RV, Right Hand Left Hand's 'Zone Rouge', Silent Forum's 'Everything Solved At Once' and 'Iaith Y Nefoedd' by Yr Ods.

The winner will be announced on November 19, selected by a panel of music industry expert judges. Huw Stephens, co-founder of the prize alongside John Rostron, said:

"It's 10 years since the Welsh music prize was launched. We've celebrated so many fantastic albums and seen nine very worthy winners so far. The Welsh artists who continue to create wonderful music deserve recognition, and the Welsh Music Prize is proud to be able to do that every year, shining a spotlight on these brilliant albums. It's very much about discovery too, we hope music fans will discover new music from Wales that they love."

Rostron added: “The entire live music sector has been decimated this year, and for artists that means their opportunity to perform live, earn income and grow their fanbase has been halted. But COVID-19 hasn’t quashed our appetite for listening to and discovering new music. Streaming and buying new records has been a lifeline for performers to reach audiences, and for us all to stay in good health with a daily dose of great new songs."

Last year the prize went to Adwaith for their debut album, 'Melyn'.

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