The Welsh Triple Harp

Cwlwm Celtaidd Interceltic Festival 2019 – photo credits to Ffotoimage photography

Gareth is a passionate young ambassador for the Welsh Triple Harp, the Welsh Romany Gypsy and Welsh Triple Harp music traditions. Currently based in Hereford, he enjoys performing across Wales and is very proud of his Welsh heritage.

Gareth began learning the harp in 2007 after seeing a harpist perform on Blue Peter. He immediately discovered a love for the harp and began having lessons on the Lever Harp with Charlotte Poulter. Since then he has worked through ABRSM graded exams, and achieved a distinction on his Grade 8 Lever Harp in 2018.

In 2016 he first encountered a Triple Harp and was instantly fascinated with its unique voice and many strings. He fell in love with the instrument and bought a Triple Harp soon after. Since then he has been taught by, and performed alongside Robin Huw Bowen – Wales’s leading Triple Harpist, and has been performing professionally for the last 3 years. His performances include ‘Yn ôl i Lanofer – Back to Llanover’, with six other Triple Harpists in Lady Llanover’s drawing room at Tŷ Uchaf in 2016, Gregynog Festival 2016 celebrating 200 years of Telynor John Roberts, Cwlwm Celtaidd 2017 and 2019, and the 2016, 2018 and 2019 National Eisteddfods.

Gareth has been awarded Cwlwm Celtaidd’s Young Musician of the Year 2019, and is also the winner of the John Weston Thomas prize 2018 at the Cardiff National Eisteddfod for Solo Folk Instrument. He was featured on BBC Radio Wales Celtic Heartbeat following his success at the Eisteddfod in 2018. Gareth recently performed alongside Triple Harp supergroup Rhes Ganol at Llanrwst Harp Festival, and performed in Cwlwm Celtaidd Interceltic Festival 2019 as part of Triple Harp group Ty Teires. Most recently he performed as part of the televised Prose Medal Ceremony in the National Eisteddfod 2019.

His aims for the future are to continue in the footsteps of Robin Huw Bowen, and pass on the Welsh Triple Harp and Welsh Romany Gypsy musical traditions to the next generation of Triple Harpists, and keep the unbroken aural traditions alive for another generation.

Gareth is also Youth Ambassador for Clera – The Society of the Traditional Instruments of Wales, and hopes to ensure the continuity of the Welsh instruments and music, and inspire the next generation to take up the Welsh Tradition.

Gareth is available as a Welsh Triple Harpist for events and can tailor the Welsh repertoire for special occasions such as weddings, or for background music and corporate events. Gareth is also available to teach Welsh Triple Harp.