JOHN AC ALUN
John and Alun have been singing together since 1989, but it was after the release of their first album on the SAIN label in 1991 that they really began to make an impact on audiences throughout Wales. Both were brought up at Tudweiliog, in the beautiful Llyn Peninsula during the late 50’s, and went to Tudweiliog Primary School and Ysgol Botwnnog.
John went to work at a clothing store before following an apprenticeship to be a welding blacksmith, and worked as a JCB driver amongst other things. He started to enjoy singing in 1976 as he went around Lleyn singing with a band called ‘Y Melinwyr’. He married Angharad in 1980 and lived in a small cottage on the outskirts of Tudweiliog. Their first daughter Sioned was born in 1981, and Mari in 1984.
Alun moved to London where he met Jill and in 1979 their first son Gareth was born, and Bryn in 1980. Alun used to play the electric and acoustic guitar in a folk group during the 70s, and in 1985 they returned to Wales so their children could be educated in Welsh, and their third son Gwyn was born. After re-establishing a home at Tudweiliog, Alun worked for Cyngor Gwynedd as an Economic Development Officer. He now follows the same line as a free-lance advisor.
Following the success of ‘John ac Alun’, most of their time goes on arranging gigs, and composing songs and material for their weekly slot on BBC Radio Cymru. The duo have twice been over to Amsterdam (1998 and 2000) with more than 300 Welsh followers, and sang on the P & O ferry. They also performed in County Clare, Ireland in 2000. Having recorded their 4th S4C television series for Tonfedd, their Fan Club under the watchful eye of Ann Davies became one of the largest on the Welsh scene.
They have a string of successful albums to their name, a song-book, as well as a biographical volume tracing their career as Wales’ leading country duo.