He began competing as a young man and won several eisteddfod prizes for hymn-tunes, including prizes at the National Eisteddfod in 1937 (Machynlleth) and 1977 (Wrexham); but the tune which secured him lasting fame is ‘Pantyfedwen’, to the words ‘Tydi a wnaeth y wyrth, O Grist, Fab Duw’ by W. Rhys Nicholas (1914-1996), which won a prize of £300 at the Rhys Thomas James Eisteddfod in Lampeter in 1968. The tunes has been arranged for male voices and other combinations, and its fame has spread outside Wales; it has been published in English collections and in a translation to Fijian. A manuscript collection of Eddie Evans's hymn-tunes, which also contains some compositions for organ and other minor works, is housed in the National Library of Wales (NLW 22360D).
He married Louise Pierce from Anglesey in 1921, and they had one daughter, Megan. After the death of his first wife in 1934, he married Gwyneth Mills Jones (1910-1981) from Liverpool in 1944, and they had one daughter, Ann. At the age of 92 he married Ethel Dunkerley, and moved to Oldham, Lancs., where he died on 30 May 1984. His remains were cremated at Oldham Crematorium.
Dr Rhidian Griffiths, Aberystwyth
Published date: 2014