Yr Anhrefn

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For the record label, see Anhrefn Records.
Yr Anhrefn
Origin Bangor, Wales
Genres Punk rock
Years active 1982–1995, 2007
Labels Anhrefn, Workers Playtime
Associated acts Mangre
Members Sion Sebon
Dylan Hughes
Sion Jones
Ryan Kift
Past members Rhys Mwyn
Hefin Huws
Dewi Gwyn
Dafydd Ieuan

Yr Anhrefn, also known simply as Anhrefn, were an influential Welsh punk rock group of the 1980s and 1990s.


Anhrefn (Welsh for "Disorder") formed in 1982,[1] and initially sang only in Welsh.[2] The band were not supported by Radio Cymru or Welsh-language TV channel S4C, beyond an occasional interview, and bassist Rhys Mwyn became known as an outspoken critic of the Welsh pop industry.[1] Mwyn (born Gareth Rhys Thomas) set up his own Recordiau Anhrefn label in 1983, helping to promote like-minded Welsh bands as well as their own music.[2] The band were championed by John Peel and recorded three sessions for his BBC Radio 1 show; Peel even travelled to Wales to see the band perform.[1][3] The band played up to 300 gigs a year at their peak,[2] and were featured on Channel 4 TV show The Tube in 1987, although they were largely ignored by the British music weeklies.

Original members Hefin Huws and Dewi Gwyn left the band in the late 1980s and were replaced by Dylan Hughes (formerly of Y Cyrff) and Sion Jones (formerly of Maffia Mr Huws).

The band made their first English language recording in 1990, on a single with Pauline Murray, and also collaborated with Margi Clarke (they released a cover of Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" as a single).

In 1995 the band released Hen Wlad fy Mamau - Land of My Mothers, before splitting up.

Mwyn and Sebon formed a new band, Mangre, in 2000. Mwyn went on to manage the Crai label and work as an agent. He managed Catatonia and more recently Jeb Loy Nichols, which prompted a resurrection of Recordiau Anhrefn.[4]

In 2007 Anhrefn reformed without Mwyn, now with Ryan Kift on vocals.[5]

Super Furry Animals drummer Dafydd Ieuan was also in Yr Anhrefn for a time, playing on their 1993 Peel session,[3][6] and SFA had started out as a techno band, supporting Yr Anhrefn on a tour of France in 1993.[7]



  • Defaid, Skateboards a Wellies (1987), Workers Playtime
  • Bwrw Cwrw (1989), Workers Playtime
  • Rhowch Eich Teitl Eich Hun (1990), - live cassette-only album, title translates as Fill in Your own Title
  • Dial y Ddraig (1991)
  • Dave Goodman Sessions (199?), Incognito
  • Rhedeg i Bohemia Live (199?), Pro Art
  • Dragons Revenge (199?), Lithograph
  • Hen Wlad fy Mamau - Land of My Mothers (1995), Crai


  • "Dim Heddwch" / "Priodas Hapus" (1983) Anrhefn (Cat no ANRHEFN01; green vinyl)
  • "Be Nesa 89" / "Bach Dy Ben " (1988) Anhrefn
  • Bwtleg Powerhaus Llundain 1.3.1990 (1990), Information Libre
  • "Dim Heddwch" / "Priodas Hapus", Anhrefn
  • "Rhedeg i Paris" / "Y Ffordd Ymlaen" / "Llgad Wrth Lygad" (1990)Crai C008s


  1. ^ a b c Hill, Sarah (2007) 'Blerwytirhwng?' the Place of Welsh Pop Music, Ashgate, ISBN 978-0-7546-5898-6, p. 87
  2. ^ a b c "Yr Anhrefn", BBC Wales
  3. ^ a b Anhrefn, Keeping It Peel, BBC
  4. ^ Hill, Claire (2007) "Musical detour for a Welshman who took on an American singer", Western Mail, 30 June 2007, p. 22
  5. ^ Stevens, Huw (2007) "Saying goodbye to Zabrinski and packing up lots of new music for my summer hols", Western Mail, 27 July 2007
  6. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Rock Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-312-1, p. 1022
  7. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003) The Rough Guide to Rock, Rough Guides, ISBN 978-1-84353-105-0, p. 1034

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