Portrait of a Welsh singer unveiled at Machynlleth

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THE moving moment a Welsh singer captivated a footballing crowd ahead of Wales’ World Cup play-off against Austria last month has been captured on canvas.

Dafydd Iwan delivered a stunning rendition of Yma or Hyd ahead of the FIFA World Cup play-off semi-final between Wales and Austria at the Cardiff City Stadium last month.

And he performed a full concert for the first time over the weekend – visiting Powys to perform at an event which also saw a portrait of the acclaimed folk singer unveiled.

Dafydd Iwan performed for the first time in four years after an extended hiatus at a ceremony at the Wynnstay Hotel in Machynlleth on Saturday April 2.

The ceremony took place to unveil a portrait of the singer-songwriter, painted by Welsh artist Dan Llewellyn Hall.

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Mr Llewellyn Hall once portrayed the Queen, becoming the youngest official portrait painter to do so.

Dafydd Iwan has his own royal connections, having performed at the investiture of Prince Charles.

The portrait, titled Rouser at the red wall was made from a session a few weeks ago at Mr. Iwan’s home.

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The artist then made some changes to the painting, inspired by the folksinger’s March 24 performance at Cardiff City Stadium.

The performance left such an impression that Mr Llewellyn Hall tried to capture part of the moment as thousands of Wales supporters joined in singing the protest song.

Wales then beat Austria 2-1, courtesy of a pair of goals from national icon Gareth Bale, leaving the side one win away from World Cup qualification for the first time since the tournament Swedish in 1958.

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