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Gwenno Saunders

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Gwenno Mererid Saunders born 23 May 1981 is a Welsh musician She performs as a solo artist, releasing her first album Y Dydd Olaf on Heavenly Recordings in 2015 followed by her first album in Cornish in 2018, entitled Le Kov Gwenno Saunders is also a singer in the indie pop group The Pipettes


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Music career
    • 21 Pre-The Pipettes 2002–2004
    • 22 The Pipettes 2005–2010
    • 23 Post-The Pipettes 2010-present
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Discography
    • 41 With The Pipettes
      • 411 Solo albums
      • 412 Solo EPs
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


Saunders was born in Cardiff She is the daughter of noted Cornish poet and linguist Tim Saunders and Lyn Mererid, who is an activist and member of the choir Côr Cochion Caerdydd and works as a translator When growing up, her father spoke Cornish; her mother spoke Welsh

From the age of 5 she attended the Seán Éireann-McMahon Academy of Irish Dance and was a cast member of Michael Flatley's productions of Lord Of The Dance and Feet of Flames by the age of 17, playing a lead role in a Las Vegas production of the former In 2001 she had a role in the Welsh language soap opera Pobol y Cwm on S4C, for whom she would later host her own programme Ydy Gwenno'n Gallu She is fluent in Welsh and Cornish

Music career

Pre-The Pipettes 2002–2004

In the years before she joined The Pipettes, she had been a solo electropop singer, mostly in the Welsh and Cornish languages, releasing two solo EPs, Môr Hud 2002 and Vodya 2004 Saunders represented Cornwall in the Liet International song contest, 2003, and won the People's Choice Award for her performance of "Vodya" In December 2004 Gwenno filmed the song "Ysolt y'nn Gweinten" by Celtic Legend for Classic FM TV It is claimed to be the first video produced in the Cornish language, the text having been written by her father Tim Saunders with music by Cornish composer and ex Gary Numan keyboard player Chris John Payne

The Pipettes 2005–2010

Gwenno joined The Pipettes in April 2005 after founding member Julia left She is most notable for her lead vocals on the single "Pull Shapes" and the chorus of "Your Kisses Are Wasted on Me" She has more recently posted solo material to her Myspace page, and made a free download of a mini album titled U & I available in October 2007 In April 2008, Gwenno's younger sister Ani joined the Pipettes, after the departure of singers Rosay and RiotBecki Ani now also releases music with the band The Lovely Wars and solo under the name Ani Glass

Post-The Pipettes 2010-present

Gwenno has toured as a synth player with Pnau and Elton John in 2012

In June 2012, Saunders released a 5-song Welsh language EP called "Ymbelydredd", available on hand-painted cassettes on Peski Records

Gwenno appears on The Boy Least Likely To's 2013 album The Great Perhaps, contributing vocals to the track "It Could Have Been Me"

She released her first solo full-length album, the Welsh-language Y Dydd Olaf, in October 2014 on Peski Records In May 2015 Gwenno was signed to Heavenly Recordings The label re-released her debut album in July The album won Best Welsh Album at the 2015 National Eisteddfod and in November 2015 won the 2014–2015 Welsh Music Prize

Gwenno also currently co-produces and co-hosts a Welsh radio show on Cardiff Radio titled "Cam O'r Tywyllwch" "A Step Away from the Darkness" with her Peski Records colleagues The team was also behind the CAM '15 music festival in Cardiff, which took place in April 2015 and featured the first live performance in over 20 years by Welsh music post-punk pioneers Datblygu

Personal life

Saunders is married to the Welsh producer Rhys Edwards, and has one son


With The Pipettes

Year Album Chart positions
2006 We Are The Pipettes 41
2010 Earth vs The Pipettes

Solo albums

Year Name Label Format Language
Y Dydd Olaf Peski, Heavenly Digital download, CD, vinyl Welsh, Cornish
2018 Le Kov Heavenly Digital download, CD, vinyl Cornish

Solo EPs

Year Name Label Format Language
2003 Vodya Recordiau Sain Digital download Welsh
2012 Ymbelydredd Peski Digital download, cassette Welsh


  1. ^ "Gwenno - Y Dydd Olaf" Discogs Retrieved 22 February 2016 
  2. ^ Empire, Kitty 2016-08-07 "Gwenno review – diversity for the ear" The Guardian ISSN 0261-3077 Retrieved 2016-08-08 
  3. ^ "Sweeping The Nation: A Friendly Chat With Gwenno" Sweepingthenationblogspotcom 7 July 2006 Retrieved 13 August 2015 
  4. ^ "Gwenno" BBC Wales Archived from the original on 21 December 2007 Retrieved 6 October 2008 
  5. ^ Snapes, Laura 8 September 2015 "Gwenno: the ex-Pipette is leading the Welsh-speaking music revival" The Guardian Retrieved 6 April 2018 
  6. ^ Williams, Holly 12 April 2018 "The rebirth of Britain's lost languages" BBC Retrieved 12 April 2018 
  7. ^ Archived 19 August 2003 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Dotty about The Pipettes" Manchester Evening News 15 February 2007 Retrieved 29 August 2015 
  9. ^ Price, Bernadette "Gwenno at the Celtic Cafe" Celtic Cafe Archived from the original on 11 June 2009 Retrieved 18 June 2016 
  10. ^ "Gwenno - in tune, in Cornish!" BBC Cornwall September 2003 Archived from the original on 19 February 2011 Retrieved 6 October 2008 
  11. ^ "Gwenno » Artists" WOMAD Archived from the original on 23 July 2012 Retrieved 13 August 2015 
  12. ^ "iTunes - Music - Môr Hud - EP by Gwenno" Phobosapplecom 1 January 2002 Retrieved 13 August 2015 
  13. ^ "iTunes - Music - Vodya - EP by Gwenno" Phobosapplecom 1 January 2003 Retrieved 13 August 2015 
  14. ^ "Steddfod yn Stuffy" BBC Cymru Wales in Welsh 2003 Retrieved 13 August 2015 
  15. ^ Gregory, Amelia 6 September 2012 "Ymbelydredd EP: An interview with Gwenno Saunders" Amelia's Magazine Retrieved 13 August 2015 
  16. ^ "Gwenno" Peski Archived from the original on 11 August 2015 Retrieved 13 August 2015 
  17. ^ "Gwenno — Home" Gwennobigcartelcom Retrieved 13 August 2015 
  18. ^ "Gwenno / Y Dydd Olaf" Peski 2014 Archived from the original on 5 July 2015 Retrieved 18 June 2016 
  19. ^ Kenneally, Cerys 11 May 2015 "Welsh singer Gwenno signs to Heavenly and releases sci-fi inspired track, "Patriachaeth"" The Line of Best Fit Retrieved 6 September 2015 
  20. ^ "HVNLP118 Gwenno 'Y Dydd Olaf'" Heavenly Recordings 22 June 2015 Retrieved 13 August 2015 
  21. ^ "2015 News" The National Eisteddfod of Wales 8 August 2015 Archived from the original on 25 September 2015 Retrieved 6 September 2015 
  22. ^ "Nominees Archives" Welsh Music Prize Retrieved 5 October 2015 
  23. ^ "Cam o'r Tywyllwch" SoundCloud Retrieved 13 August 2015 
  24. ^ "CAM'15" CamfestivalWales Archived from the original on 4 March 2016 Retrieved 13 August 2015 CS1 maint: Unfit url link
  25. ^ "Introducing GWENNO | The Electricity Club" wwwelectricity-clubcouk Archived from the original on 20 August 2016 Retrieved 8 August 2016 
  26. ^ Owens, David 2015-11-26 "Welsh Music Prize Winner named as Gwenno Saunders for sci-fi inspired album" Retrieved 2016-08-08 

External links

  • Gwenno on Heavenly Recordings
  • Cam O'r Tywyllwch radio show page

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