“Music is a living thing, not a museum exhibit.” This from the Welsh group 9Bach, who, since 2005, have been delivering atmospheric music rooted in their local song traditions. The group was started by singer and pianist Lisa Jen and guitarist Martin Hoyland.
The number 9 in the name – pronounced as in English – is a homophone for the North Welsh for grandmother. Lisa Jen’s songs are poetic blooms growing in a sound bed of rock elements mixed with electronic beats and loops. Lisa Jen has worked closely with Gruff Rhys from the Welsh rock band Super Furry Animals, with whom Jen also has appeared live. 9Bach has made three studio albums on Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records label, and Gabriel himself sings on the track Deryn, on the 2016 album Anian. In 2015 the group’s Tincian album won the prestigious Best Album award at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Their most recent release is the live album Ar Y 9 from 2019. Their only Danish festival concert in 2022.