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Folk singer Siobhan harps back to her Anglesey roots
Siobhan Owen
Siobhan is studying classical singing at the Elder Conservatoire, Adelaide

Singer and harpist Siobhan Owen may have left Anglesey for Australia, but she's kept true to her Celtic roots.

At 16, she's already released two CDs of her folk music and was named South Australia's most outstanding emerging artist at their folk awards.

And she would love to return to Wales to perform her own arrangements of traditional folk songs.

"I love Bryn Terfel's voice, and if he invited me I'd love to sing at his festival," said Siobhan.

"I met Aled Jones when he came over once, and gave him my CD. He said we might sing together one day, too."

Siobhan, whose family emigrated from Llanfairpwll when she was two, began her singing career aged 12 before being inspired to take up the harp after watching French harpist Cecile Corbel perform.

"There's not many who sing and play the harp here," explained Siobhan, who doesn't think the instrument is as popular as it is among schoolgirls in Wales.

"I actually find it easier to sing and play at the same time because I don't know what to do with myself on stage without it. Having a harp to play is quite calming: it's like having another person with you."

Very popular at St David's Day celebrations, Siobhan has also turned her hand to the Welsh tradition of the eisteddfod, Aussie-style.

Pronunciation

"I won the junior vocal championship at the Adelaide eisteddfod in 2009," she said. "Our eisteddfod is a singing competition held every year in different places round the city.

"Most people don't know the word is Welsh, it just means competition. But I'd love to come over and compete in the Welsh eisteddfod."

With help from her father, Arthur Owen - a native of Bangor - Siobhan is already singing in Welsh. "She'd love to learn Welsh, too," said Arthur. "She hasn't yet, but she does very well with the pronunciation."

And he believes she definitely gets her talent from Wales.

"My family are the Farrars from Pentraeth and my aunt tells me Siobhan's voice is just like my grandmother's who was a great singer."

Siobhan is currently studying classical music at Adelaide University but will be coming back to see her relatives in Wales and perform as soon as she can.





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