Dafydd Iwan has been at the forefront of the Welsh music scene since the early 60s, and came to prominence through his patriotic songs and his leading role in the Welsh language campaigns of the 60s and 70s. He was one of the founders of SAIN record company.
Born in Brynaman, Dafydd has lived in Llanuwchllyn, Cardiff and, since 1971, in the Caernarfon area, where he now lives with his wife Bethan and sons Caio and Celt at Rhos-Bach. He also has three older children, Llion, Elliw and Telor.He graduated as an architect from The Welsh School of Architecture in 1968, but his political campaigning and singing has long overtaken his life as an architect. He was a prominent leader of the Welsh Language campaigns of the 60s and 70s, and was Chair of Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg 1968 – 71, and served a term in prison for his part in the campaign to get official status for the language. He is now a member of the Board of Cyngor Gwynedd, and the President of Plaid Cymru, the Party of Wales.
He is a founder Director of SAIN, the record company which now employs 40 people in the Caernarfon area, and which sells the music of Wales to all corners of the world. He has been a regular singer-composer since 1962, with 18 albums to his credit, plus videos and a DVD of his live performances, with his own Band and with folk-group Ar Log. He has composed over 200 songs, and has published several volumes of songs and two autobiographies.
For his contribution to Welsh music and culture, he has been made an honorary member of the Gorsedd, a Fellow of Aberystwyth and Bangor University Colleges, and an honorary Doctor of Laws of the University of Wales.