James James included the air, entitled ‘Glanrhondda’, in the collection of unpublished airs which he submitted for competition at the Llangollen national eisteddfod of 1858 under the pseudonym ‘Orpheus’ (Minor Deposit 150B). The adjudicator , John Owen ( Owain Alaw ) , harmonized it and included it in the third volume of his Gems of Welsh Melody , 1860 . The tune became popular immediately; it was sung at the Aberystwyth national eisteddfod , 1865 , by Kate Wynne , and at the Chester national eisteddfod , 1866 , by Lewis W. Lewis ( Llew Llwyfo ) .
Evan James d. 30 Sept. 1878 and was buried in the graveyard attached to Carmel Baptist chapel , Pontypridd . James James kept public houses at Walnut Tree Bridge (below Pontypridd ) and Mountain Ash ; he also lived for a time with his son at the Swan Hotel , Aberaman . He d. 11 Jan. 1902 at 6 Hawthorne Terrace , Aberdare , and was buried in the Aberdare cemetery. A memorial to father and son, the work of Sir William Goscombe John , R.A. , was unveiled in Ynysangharad Park , Pontypridd , 23 July 1930 .
Watkin William Price, M.A., (1873-1967), Aberdare
Published date: 1959