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HUGHES , JOSEPH TUDOR ( Blegwryd ; 1827 - 1841 ), boy harpist ,

b. 27 Oct. 1827 at Bala (?) . A musical prodigy , he is said to have shown considerable talent before he was even 3 years of age. Before he was 8 years of age he had been given the bardic name ‘ Blegwryd ’ in the eisteddfod held at Llannerch-y-medd , Anglesey , 9 June 1835 , and when he was about twelve he published British Melodies , with arrangements made by him for harp and piano. He astounded all manner of audiences by his skill as a performer on the harp and concertina . He accompanied his father and brothers on a concert tour in various parts of the United States in 1840 , performing in the White House ( Washington ), and in New York , Baltimore , Philadelphia , etc. He d. by drowning in the river Hudson , 12 May 1841 . His brother, David Edward Hughes , is separately noticed.

Sources:

  • The Cambrian (Swansea) 24 Jan. 1835 ;
  • Y Cyfaill cylchgrawn misol y Presbyteriaid Cymreig yn America (Utica), Oct. 1841 , Sept. 1842 , and on the cover of the number for Nov. 1840, a portrait of the boy and other members of the family;
  • Y Gwladgarwr , 1835 , 201;
  • Cyfansoddiadau buddugol Eisteddfod Gadeiriol Môn, a gynhaliwyd yn Llanerchymedd, Awst 20fed, 1869 yn nghyd a rhestr o'r tanysgrifiadau a'r cyfrifon (Llanerchymedd, 1870) , 1835 ;
  • Y Seren (Bala), issues ranging from 20 Aug. 1931-10 Oct. 1931 ;
  • Y Cerddor , Aug. 1898 ;
  • Y Drych newyddiadur cenedlaethol Cymry America (Utica), 6 Nov. 1924 .

Author:

Robert (Bob) Owen, O.B.E., M.A., (1885-1962), Croesor

Published date: 1959