harpers at Eisteddfodau

There are many detailed reports of eisteddfodau and of the harpers who played at them, both in newspaper and official reports.

These are a few examples

Beaumaris Eisteddfod, 1832

To diversify the morning’s amusement, the secretary said he would now introduce one round of penillion singing. Several harpers and singers, apparently peasants, in mean attire, were accordingly stationed on the stage and commenced a kind of singing, or recitation which we believe no person but a Welshman can either comprehend or describe. p. 216

Contest for the Harp. Contestants and their tunes:

Miss E Jones of Corwen ‘Serch Hudol’

Griffith Jones, Capel Curig ‘Bro Gwalia’

William Jones, Beaumaris, ‘Pen Rhaw’

Richard Pugh, Corwen ‘Black Sir Harry’

John Williams, Oswestry, ‘Black Sir Harry’ a pupil of the celebrated blind harper, Richard Roberts of Caernarfon. Winner of the Silver Harp.

Hugh Pugh, Dolgellau, The King’s Joy’

Rees Jones, Llanrwst, ‘Sweet Richard’

Report from the Bangor and Chester papers, Appendix to Llwyd, Angharad, The History of the Island of Mona, 1832, (Llansadwrn, 2007)

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