Evan James

Evan James (also known by the bardic name Ieuan ap Iago) (1809 – 30 September 1878), a weaver and poet from Pontypridd, originally from Caerphilly, Wales, wrote the lyrics of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau ("Land of my Fathers"), the national anthem of Wales.

James, a weaver by trade, employed several people at his mill on the bank of the River Rhondda. According to family legend, his son James James, was walking one day in January 1856 on the banks of the river when the melody for Hen Wlad fy Nhadau came to him. When he gave the tune to his father, Evan James was able to compose the words which are the present-day Welsh national anthem. It is likely that James senior was inspired by the fact that two of his brothers had emigrated to the United States and had written in praise of their adoptive country and urging him to join them.

A memorial to Evan James and his son, in the form of two figures, representing Poetry and Music, stands in Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd. Evan's face is shown alongside that of his son, but appears younger because the photographs available to the sculptor, Goscombe John, were taken many years apart.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1809 (Caerphilly), Died September 30th, 1878 (Wales)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1913 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-13485 10-in. 6/25/1913 Hen wlad fy nhadau Daniel Beddoe Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick C1523-C1524 10-in. 1/16/1928 Rain Elmo Tanner Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Gramophone Yy1638 10-in. 7/11/1922 Hen wlad fy nhadau Côr Meibion Cymreig Male vocal quintet, with organ lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "James, Evan," accessed October 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106968.

James, Evan. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106968.

"James, Evan." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 October 2021.

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