The harp is the national instrument of Wales. There are more harpists in Wales than there are anywhere else in the world. Harpists in Wales draw their inspiration from within the traditions of Wales and much further afield, as indeed did Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales Ambassador Catrin Finch. Known as the "Queen of Harps", Catrin was inspired to learn to play the harp at the age of 6 when she heard Spanish harpist Marisa Robles in concert. Catrin’s career is both international and deeply rooted in the music traditions of Wales.
As Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales’ ambassador, Catrin is the first to nominate a playlist of her favourite Welsh musicians...
"Music has such an important role to play in everyones cultures and lives. Whether you like listening to classical, jazz, pop, reggae or any other genre of music, whatever the style, it has the power to create happiness, provoke sadness and indeed explore a whole manner of emotions that lie within us. Here in Wales, music has always played an important role in our culture, language and heritage, and our traditional songs have been passed through generations. Along the way, they have been explored through many different genres, by all manner of different musicians, but always maintaing the one single factor - Wales and the welsh language"
Wales has a wealth of music and talent. As Cerdd Cymru Music Wales’ Ambassador, I’m encouraging you to enjoy some of the best that Wales has to offer. Over the coming months I’ll also be inviting some of my fellow Welsh musicians to share with you their favourite artists who have inspired or influenced them, who in-turn will share their favourite playlists with you.
My voice of choice without a doubt is our star in the world of opera, Bryn Terfel. He is by now, a true ambassador for Wales throughout the World, and is a prime example of the most wonderful singing tradition in this country.
Pianist Llyr Williams is a musical genius. He has the ability to transport you to a different world when he plays, and keeps you in disbelief at such a fine technique and wonderful musicianship.
In terms of traditional music, Sian James is up at the top of my tree. Some of the most beautiful singing you will ever hear.
As a jazz musician, the young pianist Gwilym Simcock, who is busy making a name for himself around the UK and further afield.
In the rock and pop field, my favourite at the moment is up and coming artist Catrin Herbert. Her stuff is probably not so well known at the moment, but watch this space, because she seriously knows how to write a good song! Has me humming all day.