'This is a golden age of Welsh music': 12 Artists Selected for New Horizons Project

The acts taking part in this year’s Horizons new Welsh artists project.

'This is a golden age of Welsh music': 12 Artists Selected for New Horizons Project

Y Cledrau, Kidsmoke and Eve Goodman are some of the Welsh musicians who will take part in the 12-month programme.

BBC Wales and the Arts Council of Wales have announced the participants for this year’s Horizons project.

Horizons selects 12 Welsh artists and groups each year out of hundreds of applicants. The year-long programme aids the partipants’ music careers through support, training and performance. 

The acts chosen for the 2019 iteration are reggae band Codewalkers; bluegrass and folk group Darren Eedens & the Slim Pickin’s; electronic act Endaf; jazz vocalist and DJ Esther; singer Eve Goodman; and indie band Gwilym. Also  on the programme are pop artist HANA2k; singer and guitarist Jack Perrett; dream-pop act Kidsmoke; pop group Rosehip Teahouse; bilingual singer-songwriter SERA; and indie four-piece Y Cledrau.

Over the next year, the 12 artists and groups will perform at various festivals across the UK and record their music. In past Horizons projects, acts have performed at festivals such as The Great Escape, Festival Number 6 and The Biggest Weekend Swansea.

Bethan Elfyn, BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cymru presenter and project manager of Horizons, said: 

The list includes some immensely talented creatives, producing stunning music across a variety of genres. We get hundreds of applications each year and it’s always very tough to narrow them down to 12, but it’s fair to say this is a golden age of Welsh music right now.

Previous acts to take part in the Horizons project are synth-rock act Boy Azooga, who will this year support Bob Dylan and Neil Young in Hyde Park, and rock duo Alffa who’s track ‘Gwenwyn’ was the first Welsh language track to reach over 3 million streams on Spotify.

For more information on the Horizons project, visit: www.bbc.co.uk

Published on 10 June 2019


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