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 has been playing the Celtic Harp since 2007 and achieved grade 8 with distinction on the instrument. He first encountered the Welsh Triple Harp in 2016 and immediately fell in love with the unique instrument. Since then he has been playing professionally alongside a number of Welsh Triple Harpists including Gareth’s mentor Robin Huw Bowen, and other Welsh Triple Harpist. Currently Gareth performs both solo, and alongside Triple Harp group Ty Teires. He also composes for Welsh Triple Harp, creating exciting new pieces that push the limits of the instrument.

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 has performed in a number of historically significant concerts (see his timeline) and this year alone, he has performed alongside Triple Harp supergroup Rhes Ganol at Llanrwst Harp Festival and Ty Teires at Cwlwm Celtaidd Interceltic Festival 2019. Most recently he performed as part of the televised Prose Medal Ceremony in the National Eisteddfod 2019 – a historic occasion as it was the first time Triple Harps had been used for that ceremony!

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 available as a Welsh Triple and Celtic Harpist for occasions, events and festivals and is also available to teach the Welsh Harp music.