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Lleuwen Steffan by Gilles PouliquenBiography

 Lleuwen Steffan is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from the Ogwen Valley in  Wales.

In 2005 she released Duw A Wyr / God Only Knows, a collection of contemporary interpretations of old Welsh hymns. This collaboration with composer Huw Warren and saxophonist Mark Lockheart was described by critic Stuart Nicholson as 'The most unusual, strangely beautiful album that you're likely to hear.'

Her 2007 debut solo album Penmon (named after her Anglesey home) saw Lleuwen take her music in a more personal direction. Staying true to her  roots by focusing the album around the ebb and flow of the Welsh landscape, Lleuwen established herself as a solo artist in her own right and her album was met by great reviews internationally.

Interested in celtic connections through music, Lleuwen performed with Breton singer Nolwenn Korbell at the Lorient Interceltic Festival in 2008. Following that performance, Lleuwen was awarded a Creative Wales Award by Arts Council Wales that enabled her to continue her work with Breton musicians and record Tân, her most successful album to date. The album was co-produced by Vincent Guerin and was awarded Album of the Year for France 3 TV's FR3 Awards yn 2011. It was also nominated for the Welsh Music Prize (www.welshmusicprize.com) in the same year.

Lleuwen has won Liet International (http://liet-international.com) for one of her Breton language songs, Ar Gouloù Bev.


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