Welsh Language Music Day – Celf stryd

Welsh Language Music Day by Rmer

The second ever Welsh Language Music Day was held on 10th February, 2017 with the aim of celebrating and promoting music from Wales to the world.

A series of events were held throughout the day with the Welsh Government working in partnership with Deezer, HMV, BBC, Grazing Shed, Spillers and others to help spread the word.

Cardiff based artist Rmer was commissioned to paint a series of five murals around Wales featuring some some of the best Welsh talent.

Rmer paid a visit to Caernarfon and painted the Candelas Band in pink, blue and teal tones complete with the hashtag in Welsh of #dyddmiwsigcymru

#dyddmiwsigcymru …oedd hi ddoe ☂️

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Golygfa braf ar y ffordd i gyfarfod @gwylfwydcaernarfon heno! @paent_ #dyddmiwsigcymru @osianhuw

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Whereas in Womanby Street in Cardiff City Centre the Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys was painted opposite the Castle Emporium.

Welsh Language Music Day by Rmer
Welsh Language Music Day by Rmer
Welsh Language Music Day by Rmer
Welsh Language Music Day by RmerWelsh Language Music Day by Rmer

Taking inspiration from the artwork for ‘American Interior’ the artist has lovingly crafted this piece and totally captured the essence of the singer.

The work has been signed by Rmer and Karm One and like all the pieces contains a Welsh hashtag for the day.

Welsh Language Music Day by Rmer
Welsh Language Music Day by Rmer
Welsh Language Music Day by Rmer
Welsh Language Music Day by Rmer
Welsh Language Music Day by RmerWelsh Language Music Day by Rmer

Whilst a launch event took place in The Castle Emporium on Womanby Street – only a stones throw away a previous well-loved venue was being torn apart.

A quick sneaky peak inside Dempseys revealed the quick destruction of a traditional welsh music venue. (Oh the irony on such a day!)

9bachRmer visited a total of five locations across the whole of Wales including Bethesda.
Here his painting featured folk band 9bach and their singer Lisa Jen with a dog.
He painted his own interpretation of 9Bach’s album cover for Anian.

#welshlanguagemusicday #dyddmiwsigcymru @9bach @paent_ @gwyneiddior

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And lastly representing West Wales the artist painted this mural of David Edwards from the rock band Datblygu whom reformed in 2012 after a short break.

 
Overall the day was a celebration of contemporary Welsh language music aimed at increasing its audience with a vibrant mix of gigs and performances along with some street art thrown in for good measure!

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