Fifth Viscount Torrington in The Hand Inn, Llangollen - 26 July, 1793
from A Tour to North Wales, 1793, pages 244–245:
There are two harpers at Llangollen, one at each inn, and both blind! (I suppose that they put out their eyes, when young, as they do those of bullfinches who are taught to pipe).
The waiter says that our harper, of the Hand Inn, is very good, but that the other is infamous:
I shall judge, I hope, in the evening.
After dinner, […] I am afraid I slumber’d, till most agreeably … more >>
John Byng, A Tour to North Wales, 1793. 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 3 (London, 1936), p. 244–245. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1546540008703 accessed: 5 December, 2023
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|Welsh harp music||performed by Mr Evan|
|Date/Time||26 July, 1793|
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, indoors, in public|
Although John Byng does not identify the harper by name in this diary entry, he refers to him as Mr Evan in an entry made the following day (see Listening Experience no. 1546540325842)