Congratulations go to Meilyr Jones today following his being awarded this year’s Welsh Music Prize, for his debut solo album 2013. The self-described “anthology, a collection of my songs and of what happened to me in that year” was released back in March through Moshi Moshi Records. If you’ve not heard it yet, you can listen here.
“2013 manages the seemingly impossible task of being both proudly high brow and flamboyantly pop” – Drowned In Sound
“…a panorama of musical depth that’s held together by Jones wonderfully impassioned voice.” – The Line Of Best Fit
“A fascinating introduction to a 21st century Renaissance man.” – London In Stereo
The eleven other records he transcended to take the prize included HMV-tipped The Anchoress’ Confessions Of A Romance Novelist, as well as 9Bach – Anian, Alun Gaffey – s/t, Cate Le Bon – Crab Day, Climbing Trees – Borders, Datblygu – Porwr Trallod, Plu – Tir A Golau, Right Hand Left Hand – s/t, Simon Love – It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time, Skindred – Volume and Swnami – s/t. The ceremony on this occasion was not open to the public, as it took place without its usual accompanying concert, due to noise complaints about recent events at the venue.