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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.

This instrument, along with various documents came to the People's Collection at the National Library in 2015, where members of the People's Collection team scanned the material, photographed the instrument and recorded the violin being played.

Performance by Iwan ap Dafydd, a member of the NLW staff.

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