Gruffydd wins Cân i Gymru 2020

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Gruffydd Wyn has won this year’s Cân i Gymru.

The Amlwch tenor clinched victory in the annual songwriting competition on Saturday night (29th February) with Cyn i’r Llenni Gau (Before the Curtains Close), co-written by Tim Goodacre.

Gruffydd, who came to prominence when he reached the finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2018, won £5,000 and the right to represent Wales at next month’s Pan Celtic Festival in Ireland.

He said: ”I’m delighted that I’ve won, and can’t believe it! Thanks to everyone who voted.”

”This song was for my Gran, who passed away recently, and I’ve found life very difficult since losing her. I hope that she would be very proud of me tonight.”

A public phone vote decided the winner among eight finalists during the live televised contest at Aberystwyth’s Arts Centre.

Rhydian Meilir and Jacob Elwy were runners-up with Pan Fyddai’n Wythdeg Oed (When He Was Eighteen), taking £2,000. Third prize of £1,000 went to Alistair James for his song, Morfa Madryn.

Siôn Llwyd from Avanti, which produces Cân i Gymru for S4C, said: ”Congratulations to Gruffydd Wyn and to each and every one of the perfomers and composers who took part in Cân i Gymru this year – it has been an amazing night.”

He added: ”The standard of the artists taking part bodes well for the future of Cân i Gymru and the future of Welsh music.”

WATCH: Gruffydd Wyn’s winning song at Cân i Gymru 2020

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