Music promoter John Rostron, who established Welsh Music Prize alongside Radio DJ Huw Stephens, said: “In light of the fact that over 60 albums in total were put forward we decided to include 15 albums on the shortlist this year. I think the list represents our most diverse edition to date and includes outstanding releases from both established acts and newcomers”.
Among the shortlist are last year’s Welsh Music Prize winners Joanna Gruesome and more Welsh language releases than ever before – from Geraint Jarman, Calan and Gwenno.
The 15 shortlisted albums are:
Calan – Dinas (Sain)
Catfish and the Bottlemen – The Balcony (Island / Communion Records)
Geraint Jarman – Dwyn yr Hogyn Nol (AnkstMusic)
Gwenno – Y Dydd Olaf (Peski / Heavenly Recordings)
H Hawkline – In the Pink Condition (Heavenly Recordings)
Hippies vs Ghosts – Droogs
Houdini Dax – Naughty Nation (Houdini Dax / Listen to This)
Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter (Fortuna POP!)
Keys – Ring the Changes (See Monkey Do Monkey)
Paper Aeroplanes – Joy (My First Records)
Richard James – All the New Highways
Tender Prey – Organ Calzone (Bird)
Trwbador – Several Wolves (Owlet)
Zarelli – Soft Rains (Bronze Rat)
Zefur Wolves – Zefur Wolves (Strangetown)
The Welsh Music Prize 2014-2015 ceremony will be held on Thursday 26th November 2015 at Sherman Cymru, Cardiff.
The panel who will decide on the winner includes Helen Weatherhead (BBC 6Music); Noel Gardner (Buzz Magazine); Kieran Evans (Film Director); David Wrench (Producer); Neal Thompson (Focus Wales); Owain Schiavone (Golwg / Y Selar); Iain Richards (Velvet Coalmine); Griff Lynch Jones (Ochr 1, S4C); Nici Beech (Gwyl Arall, Noson 4a6); Andy Bibey (One Little Indian); Ben Coleman (GreenMan Festival) and Laura Snapes (Pitchfork / NME).
For more information about the Welsh Music Prize go to http://welshmusicprize.com.