Born 27 March 1846 in Tyn-dre, Morfa Bychan, near Portmadoc. He learnt the trade of a furniture-maker. He began to take an interest in music when he was quite young and as he possessed a good voice he soon became well-known as a singer in the districts around Portmadoc. He was also a fairly good poet. He composed several hymn-tunes, winning the prize four times for such compositions in the singing festivals of the Congregationalists of Caernarvonshire. The first hymn-tune that he composed was named ‘Llanerch,’ after the name of the farm adjoining his own home. His tune ‘Salem’ became very popular, but he is best known today for his ‘Tyddyn Llwyn.’ He died 1 November 1920, and was buried in Ynyscynhaearn churchyard, near Portmadoc.
Published date: 1959
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