The Welsh Bob Dylan; WALES NUMBER ONE FAN SEES HIS ICON IN CONCERT IN A CELEBRATION SPECIAL

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Byline: By JILL TUNSTALL

IF, in the unfortunate event, Medwyn Jones' house caught fire he would have no hesitation about which possessions he'd rescue first. Medwyn would plunge through the flames to grab his 300 or more Bob Dylan CDs.

There's no way this die-hard fan would let them be reduced to a pile of ashes.

Medwyn has to be Wales' Number One Bob Dylan fan. Not just that, he actually looks and sounds like him too.

The 34 year old has been hooked ever since he walked into a cafA in his home village of Llan Ffestiniog and heard Hurricane from the Desire album on in the background.

"It was 1983 and I was 21. That was the first time I'd heard him. I asked who it was and have never stopped listening to him since," he admits. Things quickly progressed from being simply a fan of the music to becoming a Bob Dylan impersonator.

His wild Dylan-esque hair is his strongest feature and with a pair of sunglasses and a waistcoat, well, you'd look twice.

Everywhere he goes people urge him to pick up a guitar and strum Blowin' In The Wind or The Times They Are A Changing.

But while he's unequivocal about what his prized possession is, Medwyn is less forthcoming about his favourite Dylan song.

"Oh, that's difficult," he says. "I couldn't say one, if I did it would be different again tomorrow.

There are songs for different moods and you might hear one hundreds of times and it's never the same twice."

Does he listen to anything else?

"Sometimes I'll put Springsteen or Johnny Cash on but after twenty minutes I'm back to Dylan."

Next week Medwyn, who works with people with learning difficulties, sets out to see Dylan for the ninth time in Cardiff.

And he is featured in S4C's documentary, screened the day before the concert, to celebrate the iconic singer songwriter's 65th birthday this year.

The programme also explores the story that Dylan lived for a time in Wales.

In fact he may have been the only folk singer in the village of Llanddewibrefi - subsequently made famous by Little Britain. …