Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Welsh Wednesday #41

#41: Eira by Sŵnami

Sŵnami are one of the most hotly-tipped Welsh language bands doing the rounds. They name Arctic Monkeys and the Maccabees as their biggest influences. They formed in 2010 in the north-west Wales town of Dolgellau in beautiful, beautiful Snowdonia. The band has moved on considerably since winning the National Eisteddfod's Battle of the Bands competition in Wrexham in 2011. They've gained national exposure through the BBC's Horizons and Introducing projects and have even taken their infectious indiepop to Europe.

To date, there's no album but a clutch of singles and an EP have kept Sŵnami in the spotlight, and they seem to spend an awful lot of time on the road, gigging relentlessly. They'll be back home in Dolgellau in July to play their home town's culture festival Sesiwn Fawr, and will be appearing at this year's Festival No. 6 in Portmeirion, one of the UK's most popular and highly regarded new music festivals.

Eira is a single released in 2012 and remains one of their best tracks to these ears.

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