John Roberts of Frolic Street

June 6, 2017

Newtown’s newly rediscovered nineteenth century hero is being celebrated with a free hour long performance by inspirational story teller Peter Stevenson, and internationally renowned harpist Harriet Earis in the Monty Club at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday 6 June, to which all are warmly invited.

Please pass the invitation on to anyone you think might like to come.

Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council (NLTC) has received an award from the Big Lottery Fund to work with Newtown primary schools to celebrate the life of John Roberts, a famous Welsh Romany triple harpist and storyteller who lived a hundred and fifty years ago in Frolic Street Newtown. He lived there for most of his married life, raising a large family, and once even played the harp for Queen Victoria. Well known in other parts of the world, John Roberts is today almost unknown in Newtown.

Featuring the traditional tunes he played and the stories of Esmeralda the Gypsy Dancing Girl, the King of Romany and the Green Man of No Man’s Land, the performance will raise awareness of and tell the stories of John Roberts and his life with specially drawn illustrations and musical accompaniment played on the harp and his original triple-harp. This is a free opportunity not to be missed!