A native of the Mid Wales village of Llanerfyl in Powys, Siân James participated, from an early age, in local eisteddfodau, playing the piano, the violin and later the harp. While still a student at Llanfair Caereinion High School, she began composing her own songs and arranging traditional Welsh music. She went on to read music at the University of Wales, Bangor. She is also well known for her acting work on Welsh language television.
Having been a recording artist for Sain and BBC Records, Siân James has, in the 2000s, recorded her work for Bos at her home studio in Llanerfyl.
Siân James conducts and accompanies a Welsh men's choir called Parti Cut Lloi. From 27 June to 5 July 2009, she performed several times with the choir at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC.
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