Featured Event: Geraint Jarman Live
Venue: Llyfrgell Maindee Library+
Legendary father of the Welsh Rock scene, Geraint Jarman comes to Maindee Library
Maindee Unlimited (with the support of Noson Allan/Nights Out, the Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Government) brings legendary Welsh Rock musician Geraint Jarman to Llyrgell Maindee Library+.
Jarman grew up in Cardiff and his career began in the 1960s as a poet and composer, writing for Heather Jones. He was a member of Y Bara Menyn with Jones and Meic Stevens before establishing himself as a solo artist. 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. In the late 1970s he was championed by John Peel who introduced him to a wider audience through his BBC Radio 1 show.
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." The BBC described him as the "father of Welsh rock".
Support for Geraint Jarman comes from Newport bilingual band Baffl.
Baffl is a bilingual quartet based in the 'port on a mission to make you shake your tail feathers, tap your toes, and scratch your heads. Dragged kicking and screaming from the embers of the Welsh/Andromedan Ampersand, Baffl's members have now fully adopted human forms to entertain, educate and spread intergalactic love to all of humankind. They come in peace and sing in Welsh and in English!