9Bach Shortlisted for Welsh Music Prize
9Bach, the Welsh folk group, have been nominated for this years Welsh Music Prize, the winner of which will be announced in a ceremony on Friday, November 28.
9Bach was formed by Lisa Jen and Martin Hoyland in 2005. The name is a play on numbers and words. Lisa Jen says “9 is as in Nain, (pronounced nine), which means grandmother in the North of Wales, Bach means little and is also a term of endearment in Welsh. In one language 9 is something so mundane as a number, but in Welsh Nain is a cozy, family orientated lovely thing: your grandmother is a person we can relate to and visualise.”
Tincian, released in May this year, is 9Bach’s second album. It’s an atmospheric, emotional record that reflects their home environment of Gerlan, North Wales. The songs on the album are all stories: some of them autobiographical, some are other people’s true stories and others imaginary. There are stories of the quarry men, of strong and brave women, of lost children, of foxes feasting near blood stained streams in areas of natural beauty, of forgotten derelict houses, of nature, of slate, of red dust, of family and of ‘cariad’ which means love. Sometimes there is pain, sometimes anger, a harshness that rings a heavy sound. But there is also a beauty and serenity, a light and gentle sound that resonates much further – TINCIAN.
Easily the best Welsh language record since the Super Furry Animals’ Mwng. – Q Magazine ****
File next to the Super Furries’ Mwng as a landmark album for Welsh-language pop. – MOJO ****
The Welsh Music Prize was created in 2011 by Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens and festival promoter and music industry expert John Rostron. The prize, which was launched to coincide with SWN festival – one of the UKs biggest independent music festivals, celebrates the finest music made in Wales or by Welsh people around the world.
With a commitment to diversity and fine production, Welsh Music Prize will champion the best new music from Wales.
Here’s the full shortlist of 2014 nominees:
9Bach – Tincian
Cate Le Bon – Mug Museum
Euros Childs – Situation Comedy
Future of the Left – How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident
Gruff Rhys – American Interior
Gulp – Season Sun
Joanna Gruesome – Weird Sister
Manic Street Preachers – Futurology
Samoans – Rescue
Slowly Rolling Camera – Slowly Rolling Camera
The Gentle Good – Y Bardd Anfarwol
The People The Poet – The Narrator