Although they have not performed as a band for some years, the influence of Anweledig is still strong on the Welsh language rock scene, especially as most of the members now perform with other groups. They also brought a new brand of rebellious music to the scene, combining as they did an eclectic mix of ska, funk, reggae and rock. But most of all, they embodied the spirit of Blaenau Ffestiniog, capital of the Welsh slate industry, and in many ways the capital of Welsh rock in the 90s.
Some claim that one of the strengths of Anweledig was that they spent years after coming together in 1991 concentrating on live performances, and creating a large following, rather than rushing into a recording studio. By the time they got to Sain studios in 1998 to record their first album “Sombreros yn y Glaw”, they had developed their own unique sound, and knew what they had to say.
The band consists of Ceri Cunnington (vocals), Gai Toms (guitar/vocals), Iwan ‘Oz’ Jones (guitar), Rhys Roberts (bass guitar), Alwyn Evans (drums), Joe Buckley (keyboard), Edwin Humphries (saxophone), Barri Gwilliam (trumpet), and Arwel Davies (trombone).
During their decade and a half of performing, they won several awards (such as “Best Band” Awards in both the Urdd and National Eisteddfod in 1994) and shared the stage with the likes of Super Furry Animals, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Stereophonics, Catatonia, and Geraint Jarman a’r Cynganeddwyr. 5 of their 6 recordings for SAIN were released on the CRAI label, and their last release was the second on the new RASAL label in 2004.
• Sombreros yn y Glaw (LP, 1998)
• Cae yn Nefyn (EP, 1999) CRAI CD067L
• Scratchy (single, 2000) CRAI CD070L
• Gweld y Llun (LP, 2001)
• Low Alpine (single, 2001)
• Byw (EP, 2004)