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date: 04 April 2020

Griffith, Robertlocked

  • Owain Edwards

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(b Llangernyw, March 1, 1847; d Manchester, Oct 9, 1911). Welsh music historian. A carpenter by profession, he served his apprenticeship in Llanrwst and began work there. In 1872 he moved to Manchester where he worked as a carpenter for the Lancashire and Cheshire Railway Co. and lodged with the renowned Welsh harpist Idris Fychan, who taught him to play the harp and the art of penillion singing. Griffith devoted a lifetime’s research to this form of music, the fruits of which were published in Llyfr Cerdd Dannau (‘The Book of Cerdd Dannau’) (Caernarvon, 1913). This history of the instruments and the performing practice of Welsh folk music is an important secondary source for historians in this field.

R. Griffith: Autobiography (MS, University College of North Wales, Bangor) R.D. Griffith: ‘Griffith, Robert’, The Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940, ed. J.E. Lloyd and R.T. Jenkins (London, 1959)...

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