Dafydd Iwan


24 August 1943, Brynaman, South Wales. Singer-songwriter Iwan was one of four sons born to a non-conformist preacher, who himself came from a family of Welsh poets. Iwan sang in chapel and learned from his mother how to read music. When he was 12, the family moved to the farming community of Llanuwchllyn, near Bala, in North Wales, a contrast to the mining village he had been brought up in. After trying to learn a variety of instruments, he finally settled for the guitar, before going on to study architecture in Cardiff, graduating in 1968. It was during this time that he started writing and singing his own songs, drawing on the influences of singer-songwriters such as Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan. It was also during the mid-60s that he started appearing on Welsh television, releasing his first EP, Wrth Feddwl Am Fy Nghymru (When I Think Of My Wales), in 1966, on the Welsh Teldisc label. In all, between 1966 and 1969, he released eight EPs and two singles, before...

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