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Best Welsh Albums of 2016

The team at Wales Arts Review pick their top Welsh albums of 2016 featuring releases from Georgia Ruth and the legendary John Cale.

10 Best Welsh Albums of 2016:

John CaleMusic for a New Society/ M:Fans (Domino Records)

Cate Le BonCrab Day (Caroline International)

Rogue JonesVU (Blinc Records)

Meilyr Jones2013 (Moshi Moshi)

CaStLeS – Foresteering  (CaStLeS)

Baby QueensBaby Queens (Strangetown)

The Joy FormidableHitch (Red UK)

Alun GaffeyAlun Gaffey (Sbrigyn Ymborth)

Cakehole PresleyIn the Used To Be (Newsoundwales)

Georgia RuthFossil Scale (Navigator Records)

Beach FatigueBeach Fatigue (Kool Girl Records)

Mammoth Weed Wizard BastardY Proffwyd Dwyll (New Heavy Sounds)

Climbing TreesBorders (Staylittle Music)


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