Radio 2 Folk Award nomination for WOMEX showcase band


Welsh trio ALAW, described in Songlines Magazine as a “Welsh folk supergroup”, has just received a nomination for best traditional track in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The track nominated is ‘Lisa Lân’ (Pure Lisa) is from the recently released album Dead Man’s Dance and features the guest vocalist Gwilym Bowen Rhys.

The Radio 2 Folk Awards are the most prestigious in the UK folk and roots industry and this year will take place in Belfast on the 4th April 2018.

“Having poured some much love and energy into this album its delightful to have this recognition” says fiddle player Oliver Wilson-Dickson.

It also fits beautifully with the bands stated mission to showcase traditional Welsh music outside of Wales.

“Wales has such a rich heritage of moving and mysterious melodies which can get overlooked” Oliver explains “so its fantastic to have a traditional Welsh song nominated in this category”.

The album Dead Man’s Dance has received broad critical acclaim and was featured album of the month on FRUK. Its has been played on radio stations from Australia to Hawaii.

“Simply incredible… it really is outstanding” Frank Hennessy BBC Radio Wales

“they’ve surpassed the brilliance of Melody with an even more invigorating, wider-ranging exploration of Welsh poetic and musical traditions.” Folk Radio UK

“a beautiful album of traditional music played with consummate skill” fROOTS

"a CD that showcases the best of Welsh folk music both traditional and contemporary” FATEA

“enviable instrumental suppleness and subtlety” Songlines

“Gorgeous…leading the way in reinventing the sound of trad Wales for a modern audience” Buzz Magazine

“It’s a joyous sizzler; Dylan’s knockout guitar, Oli’s fiery fiddle and Jamie’s mind-boggling accordion just weave, dance and drift into a gorgeous, ecstatic otherworldly space.” Folk Wales

“Dead Man’s Dance is a superbly varied collection which really shows off all the facets of this truly excellent trio.” Bright Young Folk

"a real leap forward into another dimension of musical expression" Living Tradition

  • article submitted by:John Eeles, ALAW

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