Chris Grooms

Chris Grooms, a native Texan, first appeared on the British folk scene in 1978 as a recording artist with Transatlantic Records, the premiere British folk guitar label. His compositions were anthologized on ‘best of British folk guitar’ anthologies in the ‘late ‘70s and early ‘80s. He moved to Wales in 1985 to University College of Wales, Aberystwyth to become fluent in Welsh and complete a Ph.D in Welsh Language and Literature with a study of the folklore of Welsh giants, since published as a dictionary with Edwin Mellen Press, Lampeter.

He appeared on many Welsh television slots (S4C) in the late‘80s as a folk guitarist, and has been active in the Welsh folk scene ever since, both as a perform and academic, with appearances at the Sesiwn Fawr in Dolgellau and other concert venues around Wales and England. In 2009, he was a contributing artist the Smithsonian Folkways anthology of traditional Welsh music, ‘Blodeugerdd, Song of the Flowers,’ which won the Independent Music Award in 2009 for Best World Folk Music album. He has been transcribing manuscript Welsh folk melodies from the collection of Iolo Morganwg, Ifor Ceri, Nicholas Bennett, and others for classical and folk guitar for the last twenty years.