Glan Medd'dod Mwyn (Good Humoured and Merry) was first heard from
the platform of the Shire Hall, Welshpool on the occasion of the
'Powys Eisteddfod and Cambrian Grand Musical Festival', held on
the 7th, 8th and 9th of September, 1824.
Other activities at this Eisteddfod included competitions for
harp-playing and Cerdd Dant, described in the press report as singing
to harp accompaniment 'after the manner of the Ancient Britons'.
In another competition, 10 contestants
competed for the 'Silver Harp' - a medal which was won by Henry
Humphreys of Welshpool, playing variations on Merch Megan. Second
came John Jones of Dolgellau playing variations on Sweet Richard.
Known as John Wood Jones, he was subsequently employed as household
harpist to Lady Llanover.
©Ann Griffiths 2004