Y Cyrff

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Y Cyrff
Origin Llanrwst, Wales
Genres Rock
Years active 1983–1992
Labels Recordiau Anhrefn, Sain, Ankst, Rasal Cyf.
Associated acts
Website www.ycyrff.co.uk
Past members
  • Mark Roberts
  • Paul Jones
  • Barry Cawley
  • Dylan Hughes
  • Mark Kendall

Y Cyrff (1984–1992; English: The Bodies) was a popular Welsh language indie band in the 1980s. The band came from Llanrwst, Conwy, and the line-up included Mark Roberts (vocals and guitar), Barry Cawley (guitar), Paul Jones (bass) and Dylan Hughes (drums).[1] Dylan left to join Welsh punks Yr Anhrefn and Mark Kendall took Dylan's place.[2] One of their popular songs is Cymru, Lloegr a Llanrwst (Wales, England and Llanrwst).[3] Television appearances include: Stid, Roc Rol Te and Heno Heno Heno. They performed at the Llanrwst Eisteddfod in 1989.

After Y Cyrff split up, Mark Roberts and Paul Jones went on to form Catatonia.[4] They subsequently formed a band called Y Ffyrc (The Forks), an anagram of Y Cyrff,[2] then Sherbet Antlers and since 2014 a Cardiff-based soul band called The Earth.

Barry Cawley, who later worked as a guitar technician with Catatonia, was killed in 2000 when his bike was hit by a car near Llanrwst.[5]

Mark "Corned Beef Face" Kendall presently whiles away his days at the local Pen-y-Bryn inn, and has come to be regarded as the local washed up, has-been eccentric.[6]





  1. ^ "Link2Wales webpage". Link2wales.co.uk. 2000-09-30. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  2. ^ a b "Seren webpage". Seren.blogspirit.com. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  3. ^ "Safle website". Safle.com. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  4. ^ "BBC Hall of Fame - Mark Roberts". Bbc.co.uk. 1967-11-18. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  5. ^ Mari Jones. "North Wales Weekly News webpage". Northwalesweeklynews.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  6. ^ "Facebook". 

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