(b Bryn Cynan, c. 1710; d Ruabon, 1782). Welsh harpist. Although blind, became most distinguished player of his time in Brit. From 1734 to death was in service of Williams Wynn family at Wynnstay, Ruabon. His playing impressed Handel, and the Prince of Wales (later George III) became his patron. After he had played at Cambridge 1757, the poet Thomas Gray was inspired to complete his ode The Bard. Composed for the hp. and the gui. In collab. with Evan Williams, another harpist, pubd. first coll. of Welsh melodies (1742), later adding two more coll. under his own name. These contributed to the popularity of the hp. melody in the late 18th cent.
From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.