Gwenno, former singer with The Pipettes, has won the 2014-2015 Welsh Music Prize for her debut album ‘Y Dydd Olaf’, which also won Welsh Language Album of the Year.
‘Y Dydd Olaf’ was originally released in October 2014, on Peski Records, but gained a re-release under Heavenly Recordings in July of this year. As well as Welsh, Gwenno sings in Cornish on the album.
‘Y Dydd Olaf’ beat Catfish and the Bottlemen and Joanna Gruesome albums ‘The Balcony’ and ‘Peanut Butter’ as well as 12 others to take the prize, at and event held on Cardiff on Thursday (November 26).
Huw Stephens said at the time of the award nominations:
“It’s been another great year for Welsh music, with a diverse and strong list of albums making the shortlist. There’s great songwriting, Welsh language records, folk, electronica and world conquering rock on the list. I think the judges have a tough job ahead of them, as these albums are all worthy of their place on the shortlist.”
The prize was judged by a team of twelve judges, including former NME journalist Laura Snapes. Founded in 2010, the previous winners were Joanna Gruesome, Georgia Ruth, Future of the Left and Gruff Rhys.
The full list of nominated albums for the 2014-2015 award was as follows:
Calan – ‘Dinas’
Catfish and The Bottlemen – ‘The Balcony’
Geraint Jarman – ‘Dwyn yr Hogyn Nol’
Gwenno – ‘Y Dydd Olaf’
H. Hawkline – ‘In The Pink Of Condition’
Hippies vs Ghosts – ‘Droogs’
Houdini Dax – ‘Naught Nation’
Joanna Gruesome – ‘Peanut Butter’
Keys – ‘Ring The Changes’
Paper Aeroplanes – ‘Joy’
Richard James – ‘All The New Highways’
Tender Prey – ‘Organ Calzone’
Trwbador – ‘Several Wolves’
Zarelli – ‘Soft Rains’
Zefur Wolves – ‘Zefur Wolves’
Listen to single ‘Chwyldro’, taken from Y Dydd Olaf, below, via YouTube: