Welsh Music Prize shortlist for 2016 unveiled

2016 Welsh Music Prize shortlist
Image caption A number of artists who sing in Welsh are named on the list, including 9Bach, Swnami, Plu and Alun Gaffey

A shortlist of 12 artists has been announced for the Welsh Music Prize 2016.

The award was created in 2011 by BBC Radio 1 presenter Huw Stephens and promoter John Rostron.

This year's shortlist includes a mix of established artists and emerging stars, with songs that embrace a range of genres, sounds and influences.

Past winners of the prize include Gwenno and Gruff Rhys.

The 2016 shortlist of artists and their albums:

9Bach - Anian

Alun Gaffey - Alun Gaffey

Cate Le Bon - Crab Day

Climbing Trees - Borders

Datblygu - Porwr Trallod

Meilyr Jones - 2013

Plu - Tir a Golau

Right Hand Left Hand - Right Hand Left Hand

Simon Love - It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

Skindred - Volume

Swnami - Swnami

The Anchoress - Confessions of a Romance Novelist

The winner will be chosen by a panel of industry experts including musician Amy Wadge, Dwynwen Morgan from BBC Radio Cymru and critic Lowri Cooke.

The winner will be announced on 24 November at The Depot in Cardiff.

Mr Rostron, from the Welsh Music Prize, said: "So many great albums are being released from Wales at the moment - it's a really good time to be listening to new music and finding some new favourites."

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