Gwyneth Glyn

Lluniau Jon Pountney Mehefin 2006 085

Gwyneth Glyn grew up with a passion for words. However, that she had songs and melodies within her - and a voice with which to sing them - came as surprise. During her time as a Philosophy and Theology undergraduate at Oxford, she joined the Oxford University Drama Society and was later chosen to be a member of the Oxford Revue. Some of her theatrical friends had a folk band called Coca Rosa and she was invited to join their side-project, The Dirty Cousins. The thrill of singing live was a revelation, and so, a Welsh singer-songwriter was born.

After returning to her homeland, Gwyneth rediscovered her native folk traditions which have been a central influence on her music ever since. The success of her first album ‘Wyneb Dros Dro’, released in 2005 surpassed her expectations, with positive reviews and radio plays pushing it to the top of the Welsh charts and leading to Gwyneth winning Best Female Artist in Wales’s Roc and Pop Awards in 2006.

Since then, she has gone on to collaborate with some of Wales’s leading musicians and poets, and to perform at high profile events at home, as well as representing Wales abroad. Among such highlights was the invitation to perform her poetry and music at the Smithsonian Festival in Washington DC in 2009.

Gwyneth now lives in the capital city of Cardiff and, three albums later her work is being appreciated by audiences further and further afield as she tours, performs and creates dynamic collaborations. Recently she’s begun exploring the music and literary cultures of lands far beyond Wales, igniting friendships and creativity along the way, deepening her music and the experience which informs her poetry.

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