Georgia Ruth Wins Welsh Music Prize

Debut album scoops trophy
Georgia Ruth

Newcomer Georgia Ruth has won the Welsh Music Prize for her debut album 'Week of Pines'.

The Welsh music scene has always had a stubborn, independent streak. Thumbing their nose at London based trends, the country tends to produce outrageous one offs, artists with rare degrees of individuality.

The Welsh Music Prize was set up in 2011, aiming to showcase the very best in new music. This year's shortlist contained twelve artists, ranging from Welsh language folk to English language hip hop.

In the end, there was to be one winner. Harpist Georgia Ruth won this year's trophy, with her debut album 'Week Of Pines' gaining the nod ahead of the likes of Neon Neon, Sweet Baboo and Euros Childs.

BBC Radio 1 DJ and Welsh Music Prize co-founder Huw Stephens said: "Georgia's hard work and unique talent has made her one of Wales' favourite new artists, and her music in Welsh and English has found favour far beyond Wales. Her win is very well deserved!"

Chief Executive of the Welsh Music Foundation and co-founder of the Welsh Music Prize John Rostron said: “I am thrilled for Georgia. This record has introduced her to a brand new audience outside of Wales in the UK and this win comes at a timely moment as she will be showcasing to an international audience at Womex which arrives in Wales next week."

Final shortlist:

Georgia Ruth - Week of Pines
Euros Childs – Summer Special
Fist of the First Man – Fist of the First Man
Laurence Made Me Cry – The Diary of Me
Little Arrow – Wild Wishes
Metabeats – Caviar Crackle
Neon Neon – Praxis Makes Perfect
Race Horses – Furniture
Sweet Baboo – Ships
Trwbador – Trwbador
Winter Villains – February
Zervas and Pepper – Lifebringer

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