Fifth Viscount Torrington et al. in Bala - 5 July, 1784, at night

from A Tour to North Wales, 1784, pages 145–146:

[Our boatman] added, that harping, and dancing, were decreasing in Wales, by the interdiction of the Methodists, who overrun the country.  The harper of the town attended (by command) our return, and was very rapid, and enlivening; and tho his harp was not so good as that of yesterday [at Dolgellau], we thought he had much more execution: his company was very agreeable, till eleven o’clock; when we separated to our several apartments.

cite as

John Byng, A Tour to North Wales, 1784. In C. Bruyn Andrews (ed.), The Torrington Diaries Containing the Tours Throughout England and Wales of the Hon. John Byng (Later Fifth Viscount Torrington) Between the Years 1781 and 1794, volume 1 (London, 1934), p. 145–146. accessed: 26 May, 2024

location of experience: Bala


Fifth Viscount Torrington
Army officer, civil servant, diarist

Listening to

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Welsh harp music performed by the Bala harper

Experience Information

Date/Time 5 July, 1784, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 03 Jan 2019 15:02:38 +0000
Approved on Thu, 24 Jan 2019 14:39:30 +0000