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Welsh Music Prize names winner

By | Published on Monday 21 October 2013

Georgia Ruth Williams

This year’s Mercury-al Welsh Music Prize has a winner. She sings, plays the harp, was raised in Aberystwyth, and has a fringe, and her name is Georgia Ruth Williams.

Williams and her debut LP, ‘Week Of Pines’, fended off the shortlisted likes of Sweet Baboo, Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip’s Neon Neon, and split indie five-piece Race Horses, to take the Prize, which was voted for by a jury of 12 industry figures, including NME Editor Mike Williams, Catatonia’s Owen Powell, and Beggars Group’s Head Of Live Ruth Barlow.

BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens, an avid lover of harps who co-founded the Prize in 2011, says this of the win: “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!”

Expressing herself via Twitter last Friday, Williams said: “Thanks so much everyone! All 11 albums were absolute blinders, and I’m still a bit in shock. But I’ll get a grip. Promise!”

She later added: “Also, you’ll be delighted/let down to learn that I didn’t chuck my award into a Cardiff gutter in a drunken spewy fugue… TONIGHT THO??”.

Did she tho? I hope not. This is ‘Week Of Pines’ title track, ‘Week Of Pines’: