Geraint Jarman

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Geraint Jarman
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Background information
Origin Cardiff, Wales
Genres Folk, post punk, reggae
Occupations Musician, poet, television producer
Years active 1967–present
Labels Sain, ankstmusic
Associated acts Geraint Jarman a'r Cynganneddwyr

Geraint Jarman is a Welsh musician, poet, and television producer whose career dates back to the early years of Welsh popular music. He has recorded many albums as a solo artist and with his band Geraint Jarman a'r Cynganeddwyr.

Career[edit]

Jarman grew up in Cardiff and his career began in the 1960s as a poet and composer, writing for Heather Jones.[1] He was a member of Y Bara Menyn with Jones and Meic Stevens before establishing himself as a solo artist.[1] He also wrote "Y Brawd Houdini", one of Stevens' most popular recordings. He introduced genres such as reggae into Welsh music and released many albums as a solo artist and with his band as Geraint Jarman a'r Cynganneddwyr (Geraint Jarman and the Poets), his first album (Gobaith Mawr y Ganrif) released in 1976 by Sain.[1][2] In the late 1970s he was championed by John Peel who introduced him to a wider audience through his BBC Radio 1 show.

He produced the S4C television show Fideo 9, which gave important exposure to a later generation of Welsh bands.[1][3]

He has had several volumes of poetry published, including Cerbyd Cydwybod (2012, Gomer Press).

Jarman is married to actor Nia Caron.[4]

Gruff Rhys, in the liner notes of the Welsh Rare Beat album, paid tribute to Jarman's influence, stating "Jarman helped to sever ties with Celtic folk and serve as a bridge to a new wave of post punk/post Sain Welsh language artists in the 1980s and beyond who had a less self-conscious relationship with their Welsh identity."[5] The BBC described him as the "father of Welsh rock".[6]

His autobiography, Twrw Jarman, was published in 2011.

Discography[edit]

  • Gobaith Mawr y Ganrif (1976), Sain
  • Tacsi y'r Tywyllwch (1977), Sain
  • Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau (1978), Sain
  • Gwesty Cymru (1979), Sain
  • Fflamau'r Ddraig (1980), Sain
  • Macsen (1983), Sain
  • Enka (1985), Sain
  • Taith y Carcharorion (1986), Sain - Geraint Jarman & Maffia Mr Huws
  • Rhiniog (1992), Ankstmusic
  • Y Ceubal Y Crossbar A'r Quango (1994), Ankstmusic
  • Eilydd Na Ddefnyddiwyd / Sub Not Used (1998), Sain
  • Morladron (2002), Sain
  • Pirates (2002)
  • Brecwast Astronot (2011), Ankstmusic
Compilations
  • Goreuon Geraint Jarman A'r Cynganeddwyr - Cyfrol 1 (1991), Sain
  • Atgof fel angor (2008), Sain - 15CD retrospective

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hill, Sarah (2007) 'Blerwytirhwng?' the Place of Welsh Pop Music, Ashgate, ISBN 978-0754658986, p. 67, 76, 124, 126
  2. ^ Koch, John T. (2006) Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO Ltd., ISBN 978-1851094400, p. 1769
  3. ^ Owens, David (2000) Cerys, Catatonia And The Rise Of Welsh Pop, Ebury Press, ISBN 978-0091874124
  4. ^ Mainwaring, Rachel (2013) "Living with Stargardst disease: How a Welsh woman is determined to live life to the full despite her deteriorating eyesight", Wales Online, 15 December 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2014
  5. ^ Rhys, Gruff (2005) Welsh Rare Beat liner notes, Finders Keepers Records
  6. ^ "Geraint Jarman", BBC (in Welsh). Retrieved 15 February 2014