Geraint Griffiths has been a singer-songwriter, session musician and recording artist since 1973. He was born in Pontrhydyfen, in the county of Glamorganshire, Wales, into a Welsh speaking musical family. Over the years he has lived in Cardiff and London, but has now settled in Carmarthen, south west Wales. He was a member of several bands as a vocalist and guitarist from the age of fourteen and started writing his own songs at about the same time. His first band was The Undecided, formed in 1965. He then moved to London where he led several bands in the early seventies - Limbotrol, Boots and Butty. His first Welsh language recordings was as a session musician with Edward H Dafis, Hergest and on the recording of the rock opera Nia Ben Aur. In 1976 he returned to Wales to join ex-members of Edward H, Sidan and the singer-song writer Endaf Emlyn to form Injaroc. The funk rock band lasted for twelve months leaving one album, Halen Y Ddaear. With three ex-members of the rock band Chwys, Geraint formed Eliffant. He was the lead singer and sole songwriter. Eliffant stayed together for almost seven years, recording two albums, MOM and Gwin Y Gwan and two singles. In 1984 Geraint started his solo recording career with the LP Madras which was followed by Rebel and Ararat.
He started his professional career in 1985 with his own six part television music series, Nol Ar Y Stryd (Back On The Street). Geraint was also one of the three soloists on the Welsh language version of Young Messiah, Teilwng Yw’r Oen, the film version being repeated regularly on S4C. The CD is still popular, almost 25 years later. He is described in Sain Record’s catalogue as “Wales’ foremost rock singer”. Most of his recording work and all of the above albums were on the Sain label.
is familiar to S4C viewers, having presented children’s programmes
like Ffalabalam, Ty Chwith and Dicwm
Dacwm, and acted in several drama series, such as Pobol
Y Cwm, Pris Y Farchnad, Darn O Dir,
Passionate and the series
for Welsh learners, Talk About Welsh. He has acted in
television films including Y Cloc, Derfydd Aur,
Fel Dail Ar Bren, The Proposition and Dirgelwch Yr
Ogof. He is also a radio actor, appearing in long running soaps
like Ponty and Rhydeglwys on Radio Cymru and
A Small Country on Radio 4 .
In 1992 he started his own record label, Diwedd Y Gwt.
He released his first Diwedd Y Gwt album, Donegal, on
cassette initially, and in 1998 re-released it on CD. Hewl,
was released in 1999, GLASTIR in 2001, Miya-Jima
in 2005 and Clwb Dydd Sadwrn in 2007. One
of his interests is producing records for other artists as well as for
himself, like Dylan Davies' CD - Y Daith (2002) and
Geraint Davies' CD - Geraint Davies (2007).
Havana (2007) is the latest CD from his studio in Carmarthen.
© geraint griffiths 2014