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BRYANT , TOM ( 1882 - 1946 ), harpist .

Born 22 July, 1882 , at the Carpenter's Arms , Efailisaf , nr. Pontypridd, Glam. John Bryant , his uncle, taught him to play the harp . He began to compete at eisteddfodau at a young age, winning many prizes. He took the first prize at the National Eisteddfod from 1891 to 1896 . With Watkin Hezekiah Williams , and Robert Rees , the former lecturing on folk-songs and the latter singing to Bryans 's accompaniment on the harp, he travelled extensively in south Wales .

He became an A.R.C.M. in 1906 , and in the same year received King Edward VII 's command to play the harp at the opening of a new dock in Cardiff . With the ‘ Golden Quartette ’ he held concerts at the principal towns of Britain . He wrote music for the harp , and composed variations on the tunes ‘ Merch y Felin ’ and ‘ Merch Megan ’.

He d. 13 Jan. 1946 , and was buried in Tabernacl cemetery, Efailisaf .


  • Western Mail , 16 Jan. 1946 ;
  • The Pontypridd Observer , 19 Jan. 1946 .


Robert David Griffith, M.A., (1877-1958), Old Colwyn

Published date: 2001