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Georgia Ruth Williams
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Background information
Born (1988-01-05) 5 January 1988 (age 33)[1]
Llantwit Major, Wales
GenresFolk, indie pop
Occupation(s)Songwriter, musician, radio presenter
InstrumentsVocals, harp, keyboards
Years active2008–present
LabelsGwymon
Associated actsRichard James, Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, Y Niwl, Manic Street Preachers, Jinnwoo

Georgia Ruth Williams (born 5 January 1988) is a Welsh singer-songwriter and harpist. She sings in both English and Welsh.

Early life

Williams was born in Llantwit Major in South Wales. At the age of four she moved with her family to Aberystwyth, where she was educated bilingually in English and Welsh, though her parents were not Welsh speakers.

She began to learn the harp at the age of seven, and began to perform her own music whilst studying English Literature at the University of Cambridge. Her early recordings were sent to BBC Radio Wales's Adam Walton, and acclaim led to an early BBC Introducing appearance at the 2008 Glastonbury Festival.[2]

Music career

Williams's first EP, In Luna, was released on limited edition 10" vinyl in 2011. It was engineered and produced by David Wrench at the Bryn Derwen Recording Studio in Snowdonia and featured Pete Richardson from Y Niwl on drums and Pete Walton on double bass.

The EP drew critical acclaim and gained radio airplay from Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq, leading to an appearance at the 2012 Green Man Festival. She also performed at the festival in 2014 and 2015.[3]

Her first album, Week of Pines (2013) was once again produced by David Wrench and featured Dafydd Hughes, Iwan Hughes and Aled Hughes from Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog.

Music from the album gained significant radio airplay from Adam Walton and Bethan Elfyn on BBC Radio Wales, Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1, Steve Lamacq[4] and Tom Robinson on BBC Radio 6 Music and Simon Raymonde on Amazing Radio. Additional live sessions were recorded on 6 Music with Lauren Laverne[5] with interviews on BBC Radio Cymru.[6]

The album was further promoted by live appearances at Festival N°6, BBC Introducing on BBC Radio 2 in Hyde Park,[7] Latitude Festival and WOMEX.[8] In 2014 she appeared in session for Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2 and a collaboration with Newport-based Ballet Cymru at the Riverfront Arts Centre, in which a live performance of tracks from the album was interpreted by the company's dancers.[9]

Williams made a guest appearance on "Divine Youth", from Manic Street Preachers 2014 album Futurology. She was also involved in the Ghazalaw project with Gwyneth Glyn and Tauseef Akhtar. She features on several tracks on British folk artist Jinnwoo's 2016 debut record Strangers Bring Me No Light.

Williams's second album Fossil Scale was released in October 2016.

Broadcasting

Williams provided cover for Bethan Elfyn on her BBC Radio Wales show[10] and has also presented shows on C2.

Awards

Week of Pines was awarded the 2013 Welsh Music Prize.[11] Williams was nominated for the Horizon Music Prize in the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.[12] Her second album, Fossil Scale, was nominated for the Welsh Music Prize in 2017; the winning album, The Gentle Good's Ruins/Adfeilion, features Williams on harp and backing vocals.

Personal life

Williams is married to musician Iwan Hughes (Huws) from Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog. They share their time between Cardiff and Caernarfon. They have a son, born in 2017.

Solo discography

EPs

  • In Luna (Gwymon, 2011)

Albums

  • Week of Pines (Gwymon, 2013)
  • Fossil Scale (Navigator, 2016)
  • Mai (Bubblewrap, 2020)

References

  1. ^ Ruth, Georgia [@georgiaruth] (5 January 2018). "DIRTY THIRTY! Tros nos, fe'm tridegwyd" (Tweet). Retrieved 7 August 2019 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "Glastonbury, 2008, Georgia Ruth Williams – Ocean". BBC Music. 27 June 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  3. ^ "GEORGIA RUTH". Green Man Festival. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Steve Lamacq With Georgia Ruth". BBC Radio 6 Music. 8 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Georgia Ruth performs live in session for Lauren Laverne". BBC Radio 6 Music. 12 August 2013.
  6. ^ "C2, Georgia Ruth". BBC Radio Cymru. 5 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Georgia Ruth – Winter at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park". BBC Radio 2. 9 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Georgia Ruth". womex.com. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  9. ^ Price, Karen (26 April 2014). "Ballet Cymru brings Georgia Ruth's debut album to life". WalesOnline. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Bethan Elfyn, Georgia Ruth Williams sits in". BBC Radio Wales. 3 March 2012.
  11. ^ Owens, David (17 October 2013). "Georgia Ruth named as winner of 2013 Welsh Music Prize". WalesOnline. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  12. ^ "BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, 2014 – Winners". BBC Radio 2. Retrieved 7 August 2019.

External links

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