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Welsh popular music artists have long been internationally
prevalent, through the likes of Tom Jones and Shirley
Bassey during the 1960s, rock bands such as Budgie,
Badfinger and Man during the 1970s, The Alarm and The
Manic Street Preachers emerging during the mid to late
1980s, and Super Furry Animals and Catatonia during the
Brit Pop influenced Cool Cymru period of the 1990s.
Indeed as recent as 2017, Merthyr Tydfil based quartet
Pretty Vicious can be seen to be continuing this tradition.

The online collection comprises of three parts: Photographic footage of an exhibition celebrating the history of popular music in Merthyr Tydfil, various footage related to a week of activities that were part of the 2018 Being Human Festival and finally, a public collection, where the the general public can  upload their own memories of the music scene in the town.

The exhibition celebrated the history of popular music activity in Merthyr Tydfil, between 1955 to 1975, through the lens of photography and memory. It showcased not only the importance of some of Merthyr’s key buildings in the development of popular music, but also the rich variety of artists, famous or not, who have contributed to the history of popular music in the town.

The Exhibition took place at the Redhouse in Merthyr Tydfil between January 25th 2018 and February 24th 2018. It was curated by Professor Paul Carr with assistance from Gareth Hughes. The Being Human Festival activities took place between November 17th - 24th  in Dowlais Library, local schools and Theatre Soar.

 


 



 

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Alan Crompton performing in the Phil Gaye Combo...

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The St Louis Band at the Kirkhouse

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The Pathfinders in 1949 at the Cyfarthfa School...

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Billy Evans and his Band at the Palace Cinema

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The Jack Pritchard Band

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Unknown Band Playing in Merthyr Tydfil

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The Desafanados 30 years on

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The Villians in the '90s

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The RAF Club Band The Ragtime Aces at the Y.W.C...

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Ron Evans playing in The Graham Barnes Band

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The Vernan Smith Band

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The Bystanders in Merthyr Tydfil

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The Bystanders in 1963

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A Young Cal Ford in the Early 50s

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Jazz Bands of Merthyr

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Exhibition Poster

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Photo from the Exhibition Symposium

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Some of the Musicians of Merthyr Tydfil

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George Jones, son of Micky Jones

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George Jones at the Exhibition

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Gerald Mogford

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Jeff Jones

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Minty's Gig Guide

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Paul Carr

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Frank and Irene Janes

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Frank Janes at the Exhibition

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Merthyr Musicians and Their Families

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Dave Allen Presenting at the Symposium

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Mike Brocken Presenting at the Symposium

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