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EVANS , DANIEL ( Eos Dâr ; 1846 - 1915 ), musician ;

b. in a thatched cottage called Tŷ Coch , near Carmarthen , son of Dafydd and Esther Evans . The family moved to Aberdare , where the boy began to work in a coalmine at the early age of 8. As the father was a printer in the office of Y Gwron and Seren Gomer , the son came to know such persons as Llew Llwyfo ( Lewis W. Lewis , q.v.) and others who worked in that printing office. When he was 11 years old he became a member of a choir conducted by Llew Llwyfo , which was performing ‘ Storm Tiberias ’ (by Edward Stephen , q.v. ); later he joined the well-known ‘ Côr Caradog .’ He became conductor of the Aberdare Glee Society , a choir which won many prizes. In 1876 he moved to Maerdy in the Rhondda Fach valley to work as a colliery winder . He became precentor at Siloa Congregational chapel , where he arranged for several cantatas to be performed by the chapel choir; he also conducted the Rhondda Fach men's choir . He was a good vocalist and, in addition, a good singer to the accompaniment of the harp ; in the latter capacity he served often in ‘ Gorsedd y Beirdd ’ ceremonies and as adjudicator in national eisteddfodau . Two popular public lectures on the harp and singing to the accompaniment of the harp were given frequently by him in several places throughout South Wales . He d. 17 March 1915 and was buried in Maerdy cemetery.

Sources:

  • Y Cerddor , Oct. 1909 , April 1915 .

Author:

Robert David Griffith, M.A., (1877-1958), Old Colwyn

Published date: 1959