Owen Jones - late 19th Century

from Dr J. Lloyd Williams Music MSS and Papers: John Morris Collection, page 1:


Y Betrisen


Policeman, Owen Jones, [...] Bl[aenau] Fest[inio]g. First heard in the cell in Penrhyn - 15 yrs ago. Lad from Penmachno who had to be taken to the asylum. Policeman stayed with him during the night - lad sang Y Betrisen over and over. Policeman much struck - next day taken to Denbigh - made him repeat it. When in the Asylum waiting for the doctor - ‘Yn yr Asylum yr ydan ni? [We're in the Asylum]' - then bursting out he said - ['Y]ma y buo fy mam farw [My mother died here'].

cite as

John Morris, Dr J. Lloyd Williams Music MSS and Papers: John Morris Collection. In NLW, number GB 0210 JLLW AH2/2, p. 1. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1448032881284 accessed: 20 July, 2024


Owen Jones

Listening to

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Y Betrisen

Experience Information

Date/Time late 19th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public


John Morris recounts Owen Jones' story of how he first heard the folk song 'Y Betrisen'.

Originally submitted by acusworth on Fri, 20 Nov 2015 15:21:21 +0000
Approved on Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:35:46 +0000