Despite his Welsh name and ancestry, Gwilym Davies is a
Hampshire man who has been resident in Gloucestershire since the 1970s. He is an
experienced singer of traditional songs and, when not singing unaccompanied,
accompanies himself on melodeon, concertina, banjo or guitar. For more than 30
years, Gwilym has been tracking down and recording traditional singers, and more
that half his repertoire is based on songs from those singers. He sings a large
number of songs from the English traveller (gypsy) community which he has learnt
first hand. Most of his English songs come from the south and south-west of
England, and he also sings a number of songs from his collecting trips to the USA.
Gwilym is experienced in folk clubs, concerts, festivals radio and
Gwilym the researcher
For over 40 years, Gwilym has been taping traditional singers,
mainly in Hampshire, Devon and Gloucestershire. His collection has been
augmented recently by productive field trips in 97-98 to the USA. Most of his
recordings have now been deposited with the National Sound Archive in London.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON GWILYM'S COLLECTING,
There are several pages of Gwilym's research articles on the internet, namely:
"A Hampshire Collection" - booklet of 10 songs, 2 tunes and a
"Grainger in Gloucestershire" - booklet of 10 songs and 2 tunes
"Let us be Merry" - Book and companion CD of folk carols and
Christmas songs collected in Gloucestershire - compiled with Roy Palmer
as co-editor. (1996)
"Cotswold Music - Vinyl LP with Green Willow Band. Songs and
tunes of Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.
"All our own work" - cassette with group Cottage Industry (1987)
"They don't write 'em like that any more" - CD as half of the
duo "Two Dogs"
articles for folk magazines on researched topics.
Gwilym is also a member of:
Pitchpole Jack - Dynamic Trio performing traditional
songs and tunes from all over
- English traditional songs, repertoire based on