ARFON GWILYM comes from a Meirionnydd family well-known for their love of music and singing. He is a natural folk singer and Cerdd Dant singer , and is very much of the “free” school of singers, believing that the folk tradition is constantly changing and evolving, without being over-constrained by rules and regulations.
Arfon’s unique voice was first put on record when he sang Marged Fwyn Ferch Ifan on the TAFODAU TÂN LP back in 1973. He has re-recorded the song for his latest album, and has changed the words to include skits about current Welsh politicians!
He has a pure and unique singing voice, and although his songs are firmly rooted in the Welsh tradition, they are also refreshingly varied, with traditional songs and cerdd dant arranged by Arfon himself. His singing exudes a deep love and appreciation for Wales’ heritage and language, whilst looking forward to the new free Wales of the future.
While living in Meifod and Llanfyllin, Arfon worked for the Cymro for a period of 10 years, and was a member of Aelwyd Penllys. He was also a Postmaster in Penybontfawr for 18 years. Nowadays, he runs CWMNI CYHOEDDI GWYNN, the Welsh music publishing company specialising in folk and classical music, and is married to Sioned Webb, head of The William Mathias Music Centre, Caernarfon.