Born 25 June 1828 at Llwydcoed, Aberdare, Glamorganshire, the son of David and Martha Llewelyn. He had learnt to play the harp by the time he was 8. At 11 he started work with his father, a collier, but left the coalmine in 1851 and devoted his whole time to music, poetry, and literature. He became the official harpist to the Williams family of Aberpergwm, in the valley of the river Neath, and to lord Aberdare. In Gardd Aberdâr there is an essay by him on the history of Aberdare. At the Llangollen national eisteddfod, 1858, he won the prize for the best collection of unpublished Welsh airs, this collection is now in the N.L.W. He was considered an excellent harpist, and a very good instructor; he also won several eisteddfod prizes. He died 13 August 1879, and was buried in the Hên Dŷ Cwrdd burial ground, Aberdare.
Published date: 1959
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