ROBIN HUW BOWEN
Robin Huw Bowen’s influence in the world of Welsh folk music and harping has been far-reaching, and he is one of Wales’ best-known folk instrumentalists internationally.
Coming from a Welsh-speaking family who moved from Anglesey to Liverpool, Robin Huw Bowen was initially drawn to the harp through the music of Breton harpist Alan Stivell. He began his studies of the Welsh Triple Harp in 1980 while employed at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Always believing firmly in the unrealized potential of the Welsh Triple Harp, Robin over the last quarter of a century relentlessly proclaimed the validity of Welsh folk music, so often regarded as the poor relation of the Celtic family. He has remained adamantly true to Welsh tradition, respecting both the correct Welsh style and technique of playing and the content and interpretation of Welsh repertoire.
Since 1983, Robin has championed the cause of the Welsh Triple Harp worldwide. He has undertaken many long and arduous continental and national tours, performing at major festivals, concerts, folk clubs, and on national and local radio and television. He has lectured and taught classes at courses and conferences.
Robin started touring in 1983 as a member of the Welsh folk group Mabsant, and has toured North America, Australia and Europe as a solo performer. Between 1990 and 1996 he performed and recorded with ‘Cusan Tan’, and in 1998 he joined three of Wales’ finest traditional musicians to form ‘Crasdant’.
Although Robin’s repertoire closely reflects that of the Welsh harp in its heyday (mid 17th to the end of the 19th Century) his playing and interpretation of the music continue the unbroken tradition.
As a result of this exposure, Robin has gained a more prominent profile for both the Triple Harp and Welsh folk music. Anyone who has heard his inspirational playing or is acquainted with his diligent researching and publishing of old forgotten folk melodies will know how he has helped to re-ignited Wales’ folk music traditions.
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