MYNEDIAD AM DDIM
The saga began in 1974 when six students at the University of Aberystwyth got together for a bit of a laugh, and to compete at that year’s inter-college eisteddfod at Bangor. Even the name itself is a joke meaning ‘free admission’ in order to confuse publishers and poster readers!
All members had musical backgrounds, with Emyr Wyn, Robin Evans and Mei Jones as vocalists whilst Graham Pritchard played the violin and mandolin, Iwan Roberts the guitar and Dewi Jones the French horn.
Emyr Huws Jones, a veteran in singing circles, a guitarist and an experienced songwriter joined in 1975, and although he left in 1976, he continued to contribute songs, and made a name for himself as one of the most popular composers in Wales, largely through the singing of Mynediad am Ddim.
They received a warm welcome throughout Wales, and the invitations multiplied. Dewi left the group, and Alun ‘Sbardun’ Huws joined them. They were invited to Ireland, and in the summer of 1977, Mynediad am Ddim accompanied the doyen of Welsh-language popular music, Dafydd Iwan on a successful tour of Brittany. Their experiences led to a change of style, and a new emphasis on traditional music with the release of “Torth o fara” SAIN 1137M in 1978.
Their other albums are: ‘Mynediad am Ddim’ SAIN 1021M (1975); ‘Mae’r grwp yn talu’ SAIN 1064M (1976) ; ‘Rhwng saith stôl’ SAIN 1103M (1977), and a CD of their best tracks 1974-1992: SAIN SCD 2003 (1992), which included 7 re-recorded tracks.
At the end of 1978 Geraint Davies, an experienced guitar player and a long standing member of the group ‘Hergest‘, brought a new dimension to their music. Then in 1982 the bass guitarist Rhys Dyrfal Ifans replaced Iwan Roberts, and the gowth of Music Festivals throughout Wales during the next two decades gave Mynediad a new lease of life . Among the highlights were five appearances at the Cnapan Festival, sharing the stage with such giants as Davy Spillane and the Dubliners. In 2003, the band played in front of 8,000 fans at Bryn Terfel’s Faenol Festival.
2004 marked Mynediad am Ddim’s thirtieth birthday with t-shirts, baseball caps and a website: http://www.mynediadamddim.com. And in 2010 came the long-awaited album of new songs which proved that the Mynediad magic was still there, and new horizons left to conquer….. “HEN, HEN BRYD!” (“And about time too!”) SAIN SCD 2604.