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TANNER , PHILIP ( 1862 - 1950 ), folk singer ;

b. at Llangennith ( Gower ), 16 Feb. 1862 . He was a weaver , born of a long line of weavers, and was the last to wear ‘ Gower tweed ’. In his early days, he often acted as ‘bidder’ at weddings . He remembered a considerable number of old Gower folk-songs, and also the traditional ‘reels’ and ‘hornpipies’ of that countryside, and with his help these were recorded by the Gower Society . He d. 19 Feb. 1950 , at Penmaen in Gower .

Sources:

  • Western Mail , 20 Feb. 1950 ;
  • Baner ac Amserau Cymru , 22 Feb. 1950 .

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 2001