Community Music Wales established Ciwdod in 2004 to increase the social use of the Welsh language. Ciwdod is a unique scheme as it uses music to engage young people in Welsh language activity. It delivers workshops, music industry mentoring, gigs, community music tutor training and also runs a Welsh language label offering opportunities for musicians to learn how to release and promote their music.
Over the past six years Ciwdod has released 15 amazing singles from ska to punk, and rap to electro. The compilation album should certainly have something for everyone.
This first volume of Ciwdod’s singles contains a track from each of the 15 releases, alongside a brand new song from Cardiff based band, Zimmermans. Ciwdod’s roster of bands has included Derwyddon’ Dr Gonzo, Radio Luxembourg (now Racehorses), Yr Ods and Threatmantics to name but a few.
Ciwdod helped the bands and artists on this compilation through providing advice, mentoring, studio time, partnering them with producers, working with them on art work, giving information on distribution, working with the press, promoting gigs and a load of support. The scheme has worked with over 45 bands, released 15 singles, delivered over 180 workshops, supported over 70 Welsh language gigs and helped community organisations to put on Welsh language music activity.
“Ciwdod is going from strength to strength and is continually creating new projects. We look forward to developing the up and coming crop of ‘next big things’ and the release of volume 2!” says Gethin Evans, Ciwdod Project Officer, North Wales.
Any proceeds from this CD will go back into work of Community Music Wales (registered charity no. 1009867)
1. Drymbago – Anian
2. Poppies – Sex Sells
3. Cofi Bach a Tew Shady – Isho bod yn rhywun
4. Bob – Defaid
5. Radio Luxembourg – Lisa, magic a Porfa
6. Wyrligigs – Rocars Cymraeg
7. Plant Duw – Nerth dy dread
8. Clinigol – Eiliad
9. Threatmantics – Don’t Care
10. Derwyddon Dr Gonzo – Madrach
11. Plyci – Blodau
12. DybL-L – Gesha pwy sy nôl
13. Stilletoes – Sownd
14. Yr Ods – Defnyddio
15. Creision Hud – Ffyrdd gwyrdd
16. Zimmermans – xxy
Catalogue number: CIW017
To Launch the CD in the North there will be a free gig at the Morgan Lloyd, Caernarfon, on June the 11th at 9pm. Acts to be announced.