Welsh Wizards | Mixtape

This is a quite odd post even by my standards. This day ten years ago I upped sticks and moved to Wales, Wrexham to be precise, which explains all the Wrexham related tweets for anyone who follows me on Twitter.

Although I’m back in Ireland a few years now, it was one of my smarter moves & I retain a fondness for Wales as a country and the music it produces (although I don’t get over half as much as I’d like these days). Welsh music features quite prominently on the blog, something regular visitors are probably aware of. Apart from anything else it got me thinking and I decided to knock together a mixtape/compilation of some Welsh favourites from the past few years, with one or two older tracks thrown in for good measure.

So, without further waffling, here it is, some mighty fine weekend listening. Diolch. Mwynhewch.

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Introducing: Henry’s Funeral Shoe

Comprised of brothers Aled and Brennig Clifford, Henry’s Funeral Shoe evoke the ferious blues rock spirit of the Deep South, rather than the Welsh Valleys from which they hail.

Occupying the same space on the musical spectrum as The Black Keys, White Stripes and The Soledad Brothers they specialize in rousing numbers ranging from the stomping ‘Love Is A Fever’ and ‘Be Your Own Invention’ to their contrasting softer side on acoustic-driven tracks such as “Heart on Fire” and ‘Bottom to Top’. This is blues infused rock ‘n’ roll at it’s very best, there is an abundance of talent here and they make a hell of a racket into the bargain.

Henry’s Funeral Shoe release their second album Donkey Jacket on October 11th via Alive Naturalsound Records. 

 Henry’s Funeral Shoe – Bottom to Top

Download: Henry’s Funeral Shoe – Dog Scratch Ear via Mixtape Muse