Georgia Ruth wins Welsh Music Prize 2012-13

Georgia Ruth wins Welsh Music Prize for 2012-13 for Week of Pines — Credit: Matthew Horwood

The organisers of the Welsh Music Prize, in association with PPL and JD Roots, are proud to announce that Georgia Ruth’s debut album Week of Pines has been awarded the Welsh Music Prize for 2012 – 2013.

Following much deliberation by a panel of industry experts, the prize was awarded to 24-year old singer-songwriter Georgia who comes from Aberystwyth, Ceredigion. Her stunning debut album, which contains both English and Welsh language songs, has received critical acclaim in the national press and the title single has received extensive airplay on the radio, including BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music. Week of Pines was released in May 2013 on Gwymon Records.

Now in its third year, the prize has given artists in Wales a remarkable platform from which to not only showcase their music globally but also celebrates the very best of what the Welsh music industry has to offer.

From a shortlist of twelve albums; twelve judges made up of industry experts, practitioners and tastemakers cast their deciding votes this week by secret ballot.

At a very special ceremony which was held at the Kuku Club, Cardiff today, Georgia Ruth was presented with her Prize by BBC Radio Wales DJ Adam Walton and brought to a close what has been a triumphant twelve months for Welsh music.

The newly crowned winner accepted the Prize and thanked everyone who has enjoyed the album, saying: “It means the world to me.”

Chief Executive of the Welsh Music Foundation and co-founder of the Welsh Music Prize John Rostron said: “I am thrilled for Georgia. This record has introduced her to a brand new audience outside of Wales and this win comes at a timely moment as she will be showcasing to an international audience at Womex which arrives in Wales next week. I know she was excited to be looking ahead to that opportunity as a Welsh Music Nominee but to be heading towards next week as a winner must be a delight and a is a real boost for her team and record label”.

BBC Radio 1 DJ and co-founder of the Welsh Music Prize Huw Stephens said: “Georgia’s hard work and unique talent has made her one of Wales’ favourite new artists and her music, in both Welsh and English, has won her many many fans beyond Wales. Her win is very well deserved! Llongyfarchiadau mawr i Georgia sydd wedi gweithio ar ei cherddoriaeth a’i gyrfa, ac mae gweld hi yn ennill y Wobr Gerddoriaeth Gymreig eleni yn neud i ni yng ngwyl Sŵn deimlo’n falch iawn! “

The prize has been won previously by Future of the Left for ‘The Plot Against Common Sense’ (2011-2012) and Gruff Rhys for ‘Hotel Shampoo’ (2010-2011).

The final decision culminated in over a year’s worth of activity where one hundred members of the Welsh music community whittled down their recommendations to the definitive list of nominees.

The shortlist in full was:

Euros Childs – Summer Special

Fist of the First Man – Fist of the First Man

Georgia Ruth – Week of Pines

Laurence Made Me Cry – The Diary of Me

Little Arrow – Wild Wishes

Metabeats – Caviar Crackle

Neon Neon – Praxis Makes Perfect

Race Horses – Furniture

Sweet Baboo – Ships

Trwbador – Trwbador

Winter Villains – February

Zervas and Pepper – Lifebringer

The judges panel in full comprised:

Jude Rogers – Freelance journalist

Pete Paphides – Freelance journalist

Ben Coleman – Greenman Festival

Donal Whelan — Hafod Mastering

Owen Powell – Musician (Catatonia)

Simon Thomas – Catapult Record Store

Ian Hughes – Journalist

Simon Price – Freelance journalist

Dilwyn Llwyd – Gwyl Gardd Goll Festival

Ruth Barlow – Head of Live, Beggars Group

Lisa Gwilym – BBC Radio Cymru presenter

Mike Williams – Editor, NME

Peter Leathem, CEO of PPL said: “We’re proud to be supporting this year’s Welsh Music Prize. For the last three years it’s built a great reputation, recognising and creating a strong platform for Welsh talent and today’s ceremony proved to be no exception. As a celebration of what has been a significant year for creativity and excellence in music, the standard was incredibly high. We’d like to offer our congratulations to Georgia and to all involved”.

Michael Boaler, Brand Manager (Music) at Jack Daniel’s said: “It was an easy decision to make when the guys from the Welsh Music Prize approached us about partnering with them this year as we share the same philosophy on the importance of local music scenes and their importance in nurturing developing talent. Local bars and venues, promoters & DJ’s, bloggers, managers, music lovers and the artists themselves, of course, are crucial in ensuring the UK music scene continues to be at the forefront of the best music on the planet.”