Family ensemble The Meadows has been voted Fatea Magazine’s debut album of the year 2019.

The highly acclaimed album ‘Force of the Tide’, described by Fatea as “absolutely outstanding" is a collection of sea songs from around the UK and Ireland. The album explores different aspects of the ocean, from the beautiful Welsh language lullaby Si Hei Lwli Mabi to reimagined sea shanties, all given the Meadows' distinctive stamp.

Living in the heart of Carmarthenshire's Towy Valley, The Meadows are four siblings who grew up surrounded by beautiful countryside and coastline of South West Wales and have drawn inspiration from the local area.

Melody, Fantasia, Harvey and Titania play an assortment of instruments including violin, flute, guitar and piano as well as singing.

Speaking about the award Melody, who plays flute and tin whistle for the band said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive the award, which was a huge surprise. We always had a fascination for the history and tales of the ocean, so it seemed natural that our first full length album would be made up of old songs which are keeping these stories alive.”

The Meadows have a busy schedule for 2020 including performances around Wales and the rest of the UK. The album, along with information about upcoming shows is available from their website