Dr Gwilym Morus-Baird
Dr Gwilym Morus-Baird began his studies in Welsh literature in 2002 as a mature student enrolled on the Welsh literature degree course at The School of Welsh, Bangor University. He then went on to complete a Masters and a Doctorate at the department, specialising in Medieval Welsh poetry and the Welsh bardic tradition.
For his doctorate he investigated the dramatic persona of the court bard and anthropological aspects of the Welsh bardic tradition, particularly during the Gogynfeirdd period (11th - 13th centuries). He has also worked as a research fellow at the Library of Congress, Washington DC, comparing the performance practices of African and American tribal cultures with those of the Welsh bards.
In 2012 he received a grant from the Welsh Arts Council to develop a research project on the performance styles and techniques of medieval bardic declamation. The project performed at Bangor University’s Voicing the Verse conference in May of that year.
Since 2014 he has taught several online courses through his website whitedeer.earth (formerly welshmythology.com). He also teaches Celtic myth and folklore on the Dadeni course, and is a guest teacher on several other programmes.
Although spending much of his time researching Celtic mythology he has also been a musician. Since 2005 he has released several albums of original material, and he was lead singer and percussionist for a twelve piece afro-funk outfit called Drymbago. He has also been responsible for collaborations with musicians from Palestine and India. His music is available at gwilmor.com.
Along with other prominent members of the Welsh music industry he is a founder member of Eos – The Broadcasting Rights Agency for Wales.
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