The Cardiff based musician Gwenno Saunders has won the 2015 Welsh Music Prize for her album Y Dydd Olaf. Here she shares her experience of Welsh language music.

What was your first experience of Welsh music?

My Mum and Dad’s records I think - Heather Jones, Meic Stevens, Y Tebot Piws, Edward H. Davis, Dafydd Iwan etc.

Who was your favourite Welsh language band or musician whilst growing up?

I lost touch with Welsh language music while growing up, probably because of where I was living (Cardiff). I didn’t come across Welsh language music apart from my parents and I was more interested in electronic music in my teens  - without realising that there was loads of it being created in Welsh.

What is your favourite Welsh language album or song ever?

It changes all the time!

What’s the best Welsh language music performance you have ever seen?

Y Pencadlys, on every occasion!

Has Welsh language music influenced your life in any way?

Yes, definitely. I’ve rediscovered Welsh language music in the last few years, and realised the wealth of what’s out there. This has been a huge influence on me and has given me the confidence to express myself creatively through the medium of Welsh, my first language.

What are you listening to at the moment?

Anelog, Julia Holter, Datblygu, The United States of America, Untrue - Burial once again ....

Finish this sentence ‘Without Welsh language music...’

My life would be far less interesting!

Listen to more of Gwenno’s music here.

Interested in hearing more Welsh language contemporary music? Have a look on our Contemporary Music page for more information.


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