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Meinir Gwilym

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Born and raised in the small village of Llangristiolus in the heart of the Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn) off the North Wales coast, singer-songwriter Meinir Gwilym has established herself as one of the best selling Welsh language artists ever.

Her first release Smôcs, Coffi a Fodca Rhad (Cigarrettes, Coffee and Cheap Vodka) in 2002 was greeted with phenomenal response with her unique voice and punchy lyrics, Celtic/acoustic/folk-rock/pop being hailed as one of the most original and inspired compilations to come out of Wales in years.

The follow-up album Dim ond Clwydda (Nothing but Lies) sold thousands within the first few months of release in November 2003. Meinir Gwilym has appeared at all major festivals in Wales, including Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau, Maes B, The Royal Welsh Show and Bryn Terfel’s Faenol Festival 2003, and performs either with her multicultural band in larger venues or on her own, acoustically at small events.

Having completed her degree in Welsh Literature and Philosophy in the summer of 2004, Meinir was able to focus purely on her music. With her no-gimmicks image, she is inspired by everyday life, locally and worldwide and composes all her own songs. In the past year she has also been making inroads to the European market with successful gigs in several European capitals.

On March the 3rd 2005, a special one hour programme following Meinir for a year was broadcast on S4C, which included a behind the scenes visit to Yamaha by whom she is endorsed. Meinir describes her official endorsment by Yamaha as one of the pinnacles of her career so far.

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  • Morwennol

    I'm learning Welsh too. I just wish I found more good Welsh-language music...

    17 Aug 2010 Reply
  • szalard

    Hey, I am Hungarian and I just love her music! She is awesome, is one of the most tallented singers I have ever heard! Her song Pa Loches? its simply amazing! And the fact that she is singing in Welsh, makes it fantastic! By listening her, I just fell in love with this ancient and very beautifull language. I want to learn it. She is the best ambassador of Welsh culture. Cymru am byth! :)

    29 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Welshgirl32

    Osym:)

    31 Dec 2008 Reply