Top 5 welsh language bands (#1 of many)

... according to us, right at this moment #WelshLanguage #Cymraeg #Music

5. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci Spawned from Camarthen in 1991, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci’s lineup has been as eclectic as

their music. Their playful sound is reminiscent of 1960’s/1970’s psychedelia, mixed with indie

and folk rock. We wanted to include Gorky’s on the list because of their varied and wide-ranging sound, which displays the awesome diversity of Welsh music.

Songs to check out:

  • Meirion Wyllt

  • Dyle Fi

4. Ysgol Sul A three piece from South Wales, this band give off a lo-fi, shoegaze vibe – there aren’t a lot (if any) shoegaze-y Welsh language bands, which is why we want to include Ysgol Sul on the


list. Reminiscent of bands like Pavement, Mansun and The Smiths, we first heard Ysgol Sul on Radio Cymru in 2017 and have been fans of the band since. If you’re a fan of the late 80’s/early 90’s opaque indie sound, then we think you’ll enjoy these guys.

Songs to check out:

  • Wrth Edrych Yn Ol

  • Aberystwyth Yn Y Glaw

  • Hir Pob Aros

3. Chroma

Hailing from the green, green grass of the South Wales valleys, they are shouty, angry and melodic. Who needs a guitarist? Not these guys. Front woman Katie Hall is a force to be

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reckoned with; she gives her all on stage, and you can hear the incredible versatility and power of her voice in each song. These guys are super active with gigs, so if you ever get the chance to go and see them, we highly recommend it. It’s an experience!

Songs to check out:

  • Claddu

  • Datod

2. Super Furry Animals

Yeah, we know. It’s an obvious choice, but it’s easy to see why. Their lo-fi, Welsh language album Mwng, released in 2000 was as important to the band as it was to Cymraeg; it allowed the band to establish their own sound, and take the language on a tour of the world. Even though the album is in Welsh, it is accessible to non-Welsh speakers due to its easy-going melodies and tunes. It was included on NME’s ‘Best Albums of 2000’ list, entered the UK


charts at number 11 – which is a massive deal as the entire album was written in Welsh – and it has gone on to be the biggest selling Welsh Language album.

Songs to check out:

  • Ysbeidiau Heulog

  • Ymaelodi A’r Ymylon

  • Dacw Hi

1. Datblygu

How can we do a Top 5 Welsh Language Bands without including Datblygu? Arguably the most important and influential Welsh band, they paved the way for bands including Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci and Super Furry Animals (with SFA covering Y Teimlad). Formed in the early


80’s in Aberteifi, the new wave, post-punk sound and entirely Welsh lyrics are a response to the disillusionment the band felt at the time, growing up in Wales under a Thatcher government.

Songs to check out:

  • Y Teimlad

  • Cerdd (O’r) Iaith

  • Can I Gymry