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JONES , JOHN ( Idris Fychan ; 1825 - 1887 ), shoemaker and harpist .

Born at Dolgelley , a member of the same family as Ellis Roberts ( Eos Meirion ), harpist to the Prince of Wales . His mother was considered a good singer with the harp . He went to London in 1851 but moved to Manchester in 1857 . Besides being considered the best singer with the harp in his day, he was also accounted a good poet . He was awarded the prize at the Rhuddlan eisteddfod of 1850 for an essay (in Welsh ) on ‘ Singing with the harp ’ and at the Chester eisteddfod of 1866 for an essay (also in Welsh ) on ‘ The history and antiquity of singing to the accompaniment of the harp ’; for the latter see the Transactions of the Hon. Society of Cymmrodorion , 1885 . He bought at a Manchester secondhand store in 1879 (fifty years after the death of its owner) a harp which had belonged to Edward Jones ( Bardd y Brenin , q.v.) , which had on it a brass plate with the following inscription: ‘ Edward Jones Henblas Llandderfel 1765 .’ This is now in the National Library of Wales . He d. 3 Nov. 1887 and was buried in Ardwick cemetery.

Sources:

  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig , National Eisteddfod Association publication, 1890 ;
  • Nicholas Bennett , Alawon fy Ngwlad , 1896 ;
  • R. Griffith , Llyfr Cerdd Dannau , 1913 ;
  • J. Lloyd Williams , Y tri thelynor arloeswyr cerddorol Cymru yn y ddeunawfed ganrif , 1945 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959