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Welsh Music Prize shortlist revealed.

THIS year's Welsh Music Prize shortlist has been revealed, with Catfish and the Bottlemen, Geraint Jarman and Gwenno heading up the list.

Now in its fifth year, the prize celebrates the breadth of music emerging from Wales over the past year.

To underline this, in previous years the shortlist has been made up of 12 albums - this year the shortlist comprises 15 albums, Among those shortlisted are last year's Welsh Music Prize winners Joanna Gruesome, established acts such as Catfish and the Bottlemen and Paper Aeroplanes and newcomers such as Houdini Dax, Zefur Wolves, Hippies vs Ghosts and Tender Prey.

The shortlist also contains more Welsh-language releases than ever before - from Geraint Jarman, Calan and Gwenno.

The Welsh Music Prize was created in 2011 by BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens and music promoter John Rostron, with whom he founded the NME award-winning Swn Festival, which is held in Cardiff.

John Rostron said: "We are very proud to announce this year's shortlist. 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".

Huw Stephens added: "It's been another great year for Welsh music, with diverse and strong albums making the shortlist.

"There's great songwriting, Welsh-language records, folk, electronica and world-conquering rock on the list. I think the judges have a tough job ahead of them, as these albums are all worthy of their place on the shortlist. We look forward to celebrating all of them."

The Welsh Music Prize 2014-2015 ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 26, 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).

Last year's prize was awarded to Joanna Gruesome for their debut album, Weird Sister. Other previous winners are Georgia Ruth for Week of Pines (2012- 2013), Future of the Left for The Plot Against Common Sense (2011-2012) and Gruff Rhys for Hotel Shampoo (2010-2011).

THE 15 SHORTLISTED ALBUMS ARE: ? Calan - Dinas ? Catfish and the Bottlemen - The Balcony ? Geraint Jarman - Dwyn yr Hogyn Nol ? Gwenno - Y Dydd Olaf ? H Hawkline - In the Pink of Condition ? Hippies vs Ghosts - Droogs ? Houdini Dax - Naughty Nation ? Joanna Gruesome - Peanut Butter ? Keys - Ring the Changes ? Paper Aeroplanes - Joy ? Richard James - All The New Highways ? Tender Prey - Organ Calzone ? Trwbador - Several Wolves ? Zarelli - Soft Rains ? Zefur Wolves - Zefur Wolves

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Date:Sep 20, 2015
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