Daniel James was born on 23rd January 1848 and lived in Llangyfelach Road, Treboeth, Swansea. He wrote the words to Calon Lân and several other published works during his life. He died on 16th March 1920 and is buried in the family grave at Mynyddbach Chapel in Swansea. It was also an elder of Mynyddbach Chapel, D.W. Thomas, who taught Daniel James how to compose poetry.
Due to the strong links between Daniel James, Calon Lân and Mynyddbach Chapel, members of the Mynyddbach chapel have set up a heritage centre on site to celebrate the legacy of Daniel James & Calon Lân. This is set up as a charity called the ‘Calon Lân Centre’ – Charity no. 1155784
The main aim of the Calon Lân Centre is to give communities a sense of belonging and identity using the history of the local area and the story of Calon Lân to bring people together.
The Calon Lân Centre regularly hosts services and performances at Mynyddbach Chapel as well as being a popular rehearsal place for Welsh Choirs.
See video below for a clip of S4C Television programme featuring Dunvant Male Choir and Bryn Terfel performing Calon Lân at the Centre.
Visit the Calon Lân Centre website for more information or to donate – www.calonlancentre.info
The Calon Lân Centre is supported by the Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme