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Description

This violin was originally the property of James Lewis Roberts ('Jim Bootle', 1916 - 1978), from the Welsh community in Liverpool.

Inside the violin is the inscription "John Owen, Bootle, 1925, 'Yr Eos'", suggesting that the creator named each of his instruments.

Jim played "Yr Eos" in the first Urdd Eisteddfod at Corwen, 1929, winning third prize in the solo instrumental competition. The piece he performed was Braga's "La Serenata", and the judge's feedback sheet has remained with the item in the family since.

These items were brought to the National Library of Wales, where members of the People's Collection team scanned the material, photographed the instrument and recorded the instrument being played. The piece being performed is Braga's "La Serenata", which was the same piece as was played by Jim Bootle in the 1929 Eisteddfod yr Urdd.
Performance by Iwan ap Dafydd, a member of the NLW staff.

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