Meilyr Jones wins Welsh Music Prize 2016

Hosted by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, this year’s Welsh Music Award saw immense competition between twelve stunning albums.  People from all aspects of the Welsh music industry flooded The Depot for a night of celebration.  Despite the venue having cut all live music acts from the evening due to noise complaints, this was still the highlight of a fantastic year for Welsh music.

Meilyr Jones and his debut LP ‘2013’ were the well-deserving winners of this year’s award, beating the likes of Cate le Bon and Skindred and their latest releases.

Formerly of Aberystwyth-based Race Horses, his first solo release is a masterful piece of alt-pop.  GIGsoup previously described the album as “Combining pop with a tone of classical music, this emotional and often cynical album shows Meilyr Jones reinventing himself, and doing a fantastic job of it”.

His humble demeanour and acceptance speech implied that the win was a complete shock to the artist.  Virtually speechless, Jones managed to stumble through a brief speech:

Thanks for listening to the album, let’s see how long I can go without saying anything.  There’s an envelope with my name on it, and there’s nothing inside.  Diolch yn fawr iawn… Tara”

He later thanked his parents and various other people who influenced his album.

A magnificent album, and a worthy champion.

Meilyr Jones – ‘2013’ is available to buy now via Moshi Moshi Records.

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