Wyn Jones, the founder and flagship cardigan musician of Welsh rock and pop legend Ail Symudiad, has died aged 61.
Jones, who formed a band with his brother Richard during the height of new wave pop in 1978, has struggled with pancreatic cancer for some time.
Last night’s post on the group’s Twitter feed read:
“Thanks for all the kind messages. It’s very comfortable to know what it means to everyone.
“Nosda Wyn. ”
The early influences of Ail Symudiad, a sharp power pop group who continued to develop their own unique style, included Clash and Buzzcocks.
The early members included bassist Robin Davis and drummer Gareth Lewis, and as the lineup constantly changed over the years, Win and Richard Jones have remained at the heart of the group.
The couple also founded influential Flach Stiwdios to help nurture the next generation of Welsh musical talent.
In the decades that followed, successes such as Rifieira Cymraeg, Garej Paradwys and Twristiaid yn y Dre helped Ail Symudiad gain loyal and enthusiastic support across Wales.
In 2014, Win and Richard celebrated 35 years of music production and exploitation of Flach, seeing the group grow as a national institution.
In 2019, they unveiled a memorable ensemble in their wild dresses in their hometown.
Away from the scene, Jones has played an enthusiastic and active role in local affairs and was a member of Cardigan City Council for many years.
“This is very sad news,” said Councilor Clive Davis. “Another icon of the Welsh pop scene has passed away.
“A very kind and sympathetic person, a real character and a great company. I would often tell him about the cardigan activities over a cup of coffee in Crwst.
“The cardigan was very important to her paradise, Win. He called it the Welsh Riviera, making a significant contribution to the city, supporting its activities and serving as a member of the city council.
“My idea is in Richard and his family.”