10 New Welsh Acts for 2018
There’s been no shortage of new Welsh bands and singers that have emerged in recent times and its gratifying to see some of the ones we chose last year, such as Boy Azooga, beginning to get attention beyond Wales. We have selected 10 very varied acts that we think show great promise for the year ahead. 2018 here we come. In no particular order….
Formed by Ethan and Tom from Tibet (currently morphing into The Kicks) this is so much more than just a side project. The band recently released a 12” single alongside Boy Azooga and with strong original material the band are already gaining a reputation as a formidable live act.
2. Perfect Body
Perfect Body have seemingly emerged out of nowhere to become one of the most talked about new bands this year. They have only released a couple of tracks so far but already demonstrate a strong emotional drive and energy. We have high hopes for this band.
Omaloma aka George Amor from Penmachno already has a good track record having played with Palenco and Sen Segur. He has released a number of excellent singles including the glorious “Aros O Gwmpas”.
Names consist of Pembrokeshire duo Ioan Hazell (vocals / piano) and Joey Robbins (drums). Their haunting single “Limb By Limb” released on Libertino has not surprisingly received considerable attention and airplay.
Another act signed to Libertino Records Carmarthen’s Adwaith have already received widespread airplay including recording a session at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios. Their distinctive sound draws on an eclectic array of influences from punk to folk. The band recently received a significant funding grant from the BBC Horizons programme.
6. The Vergers
Formerly known as the Bus Band The Vergers are a young Cardiff trio who have a strong British pop sensibility and a talent for writing songs that already sound like classics.
Four piece Cardiff band that combine a wide variety of influences including jazz and 60s underground. The band have built a loyal following on the live circuit and should have some tracks out in 2018.
8. No Good Boyo
Newly formed band featuring Sam Humphreys who has played with just about every significant Welsh folk influenced act in recent years (Calan, Kizzy Crawford etc). It’s early days but it looks as though No Good Boyo could help take traditional Welsh folk music confidently and joyfully into the 21st century.
Lewis is the moniker of classically trained Cardiff composer and arranger Mickey Lewis. He has so far released an achingly beautiful piano ballad ‘Ball Queen’ which shows great promise.
Cadno are a young 5 piece band from Cardiff who released their debut EP this summer. The stand out track ‘Bang Bang’ is one of the most memorable tracks released by a Welsh band this year.