Gwenan, harpist and singer from the Llŷn Peninsula in north west Wales, stands at the forefront of today’s thriving Welsh traditional music scene. Having graduated in music from the University of Wales Bangor, and gaining a masters degree in performance and research in the field of Welsh music, she went on to further her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London. She has won many harp and singing competitions at The National Eisteddfod of Wales, The Cerdd Dant Festival and The Pan Celtic Festival, and has performed at several festivals, at home and abroad, including The Lorient Interceltic Festival (Britanny), The World Harp Congress (Dublin), The North American Festival of Wales (Cincinnati), Celtic Colours Festival (Nova Scotia, Canada), The Edinburgh International Harp Festival and Celtic Connections (Glasgow). She has released two albums, to much acclaim, ‘Y Gwenith Gwynnaf’ and ‘Sidan Glas’, both of which include her own exciting, contemporary arrangements of Welsh traditional music and songs, the playing firmly rooted in the heart of the tradition, yet showing a fresh and innovative approach. She also specialises in the unique art of ‘Cerdd Dant’, the ancient form of singing Welsh poetry to the accompaniment of the harp, and is one of the few people who performs this music self-accompanied on the harp.
Gwenan’s recent solo performances include the Cairde na Cruite International Harp Festival, Ireland. She has also just returned from the Rie Midsummer Festival, Friesland, where she performed together with Welsh singer-songwriter Meinir Gwilym, combining their singing and instrumental talent to create a fresh and exciting sound. Gwenan has just been awarded a Research and Development Grant by the Arts Council of Wales to work on a project based on the Welsh musical tradition of 'Cerdd Dant’, and looks forward to experiment and further develop her musical repertoire and ideas. Gwenan will feature on Cerys Matthews’ forthcoming album of Welsh traditional songs and will also be releasing her own new album in the Autumn, which concentrates on the unique and ancient art of ‘Cerdd Dant’.