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HOpOUIWC A WELSH HARPIST. Enthusiastic Welcoiqe at Caerphilly. On Wednesday evening, Master James Wil- liams, the brilliant young haroist of Aberga- venny, who won the first prize for the best ren- dering on the pedal harp of "Autumn" (John ThomasV for which the prize wax B10 offered at the National Eisteddfod, Newport, Mon., re- ceived quite an ovation on his arrival at Caer- philly that evening. On the arrival of the train from Newport he victorious young minstrel was met at the sta- tion by his famous tutor, Mr Barker, and hund- reds of the inhabitants, who formed in proces- sion. Headed by the Town Brass Band, they shouldered the "conquering hero," who was carried in triumph through the town, the band playing the appropriate tune, "The British Champion." Along the whole route, the inhabitants came out and cheered heartily the modest vo-ung hero. This is the 27th first prize brought to the "Home of Harps," by pupils of Mr Richard Barker, ten feeing national, one international, and sixteen minor eisteddfodau. Caerphilly has had an un. broken chain of eminent harpists from the days of Edward Jones, the composer of the popular and spirited tune, "Caerphillv March," down to the present day. The latter exponent of "iaith enaid arei thanau," was an exceedingly popular minstrel in days of yore, and was family harp- ist to the Tredegar, Cefn Mably, Llanarth, and the leading gentry in Gwent and Morganwg. He was chosen to play before His Majesty, George III., when that monarch visited the Principality and called at Abergavenny. What a significant coincident in history! In ancient days a Caerphilly harpist receives honour at Abergavenny; .in modern days, Abergavenny's famous lharpists is thonoured at Caerphilly! Edward Jones died in the year 1836, and was succeeded by his son, John, who was then a tutor of the celebrated triple harp player, Llew- elyn Williams (Pencerdd v De). Following these ancient minstrels came the eminent princes of the divine art, the Baker Bros., whose fame has extended from "sea. to sea, and from the river to the uttermost part of the earth." Here Ap Siencyn, of Chicago fame, was couched by the Gamaliel of the harp." "Hail, Caerphilly's sweetest music, Echoes of the inspired strings, Wafted on the wings of ages, Hallowed themes to our souls it brings Still our ethereal regions Are pregnant with ecstatic strains, Harmony 'twixt earth and heaven, Old Caerphilly still retains. Castell.vud has collected the history of these ancient a-nd modern minstrels, which will be in- eluded in his book on the history of Caerphilly, Van, and other interesting places in the neigh- bourhood. The book promises to sell well, as the author has already received orders for sev- eral hundred copies.



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