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JONES , WILLIAM OWEN ( Eos y Gogledd ; 1868 - 1928 ), musician ;

b. in Llanbedr , in the Conway Valley , 29 Dec. 1868 , the son of Owen Jones and his wife; they moved in 1877 to Dolrhedyn , Blaenau Ffestiniog . He went to Tanygrisiau elementary school and afterwards started to work as a quarryman in Cwmorthin slate quarry ; he worked later in Maenofferen slate quarry . In 1901 he m. Margaret Jones , Capel Garmon . He went to Cardiff University College to study music under Joseph Parry . From 1907 to 1927 he lived in Glamorgan — at Cilfynydd and afterwards at Merthyr Tydfil , being choir-master of Soar Chapel in the latter place. He conducted choirs and composed songs (e.g., ‘ Telynau'r Saint ’) and anthems. But he is best remembered in connection with his work for penillion -singing — both as a singer , exponent, and adjudicator . He returned to Blaenau Ffestiniog in 1927 but d. on 10 February 1928 and was buried in Bethesda cemetery in that town.

Sources:

  • Personal knowledge.

Author:

John William Jones, (1884-1954), Blaenau Ffestiniog

Published date: 1959