KADWALADR (CADWALADR), SION (JOHN, SIONYN), fl. 1750-1765, writer of ballads and interludes

Name: Sion Kadwaladr
Gender: Male
Occupation: writer of ballads and interludes
Area of activity: Music; Performing Arts; Poetry
Author: Gruffydd Glyn Evans

b., according to Ioan Pedr in N.L.W. MS. 2629, in Llanycil parish, Mer. In his interlude, ‘Gaulove,’ Siôn describes himself as ‘a sad creature, without brother or sister, stubborn, and always poor’; and a ballad of his (Bibliog. of Welsh Ballads no. 73), together with his interlude ‘Einion’ and a marwnad (N.L.W. MS. 2629), testifies that he was transported for seven years to America — for stealing half-a-crown, says Ioan Pedr. His interludes appear to have been written after his return; they are: (1) ‘Einion a Gwenllian’ (N.L.W. MS. 522), written c. 1756 — the suggestion that it was written jointly with Huw Jones may be dismissed; (2) ‘Gaulove a Clarinda’ between 1756 and 1762 (N.L.W. Cwrtmawr MS. 39); (3) Y Brenin Dafydd a Gwraig Urias, published at Chester c. 1765, written jointly with Huw Jones. The scenes are lively and the satire keen, and the author stands high in the second class of 18th cent. interludists. He should not be confused with the John Cadwaladr, whose ballads Sir O. M. Edwards printed in Beirdd y Berwyn.

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Published date: 1959

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