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OWEN , HUGH ( 1832 - 1897 ), musician ;

b. 15 Jan. 1832 at Botwnnog, Caerns. , the son of Richard and Mary Owen . After a period spent in Botwnnog grammar school he became a tailor and settled at Tal-y-sarn in the Nantlle valley . After marriage he lived in a house called Pen-yr-yrfa and afterwards in one called Bryn-y-coed . He was precentor at the Tal-y-sarn C.M. chapel for over forty years; he started the Tal-y-sarn Glee Society , and he was one of the founders of the Eryri music festival (‘ Gwyl Gerddorol Eryri ’), 1866 . He was a noted vocalist and his services were much in demand as conductor and adjudicator . He composed many hymn-tunes . His song, ‘ Deigryn ar fedd Mam ,’ which took the prize at an eisteddfod held at Portmadoc in 1871 , was popular for many years. He d. 4 June 1897 , and was buried in Salem burial ground , Llanllyfni .

Sources:

  • Y Cerddor , 1872 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959