Geraint Jarman was born in Denbigh in 1950, but the family moved to Cardiff when he was four years old.
His earlier interests were football and rock & roll, and Bob Dylan’s performance in Cardiff in 1966 made a lasting impression on him.
In 1969, he formed the band ‘Y Bara Menyn’ with Heather Jones and Meic Stevens, and two EPs were released on the Dryw label. Taking the mickey out of contemporary bands was their initial intention, but they became very popular and filled venues all over Wales! The group however was shortlived, and Geraint spent the next four years at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. His dream was to become a poet, and two volumes were published, Eira Cariad (1970) and Cerddi Alfred Street (1976).
But throughout the 1980s, he performed with his band Y Cynganeddwyr, which included talented musicians like Arran Ahmun, Tich Gwilym, Richard Dunn and Neil White, and many more from time to time. With Simon Tassano as producer, a series of brilliant albums were recorded at Sain Studios, Llandwrog:
*Hen Wlad fy Nhadau
*Diwrnod i’r Brenin
In 1986 he travelled Wales with Maffia Mr Huws and a highlight of the ensuing recording is Geraint’s tribute to Saunders Lewis ‘Nos Da Saunders’.
Geraint created the Criw Byw TV production company in 1988, and the S4C series “Fideo 9” pioneered the way the Welsh rock scene was presented on TV, and led to a new generation of groups such as Datblygu, Tynal Tywyll, Ffa Coffi Pawb and Y Cyrff.
Jarman returned to live performances in 1991 when he appeared in the Welsh Language Society concert ‘Rhyw Ddydd Un Dydd’ at Pontrhydfendigaid Pavilion with 32 other Welsh rock groups.
Geraint Jarman’s contribution as composer, poet, performer and television producer has had an indelible influence on Welsh language youth culture, and this was recognized by a BBC RAP “Lifetime Achievement” Award in 2001. In 2008, the most comprehensive box-set in the history of Welsh rock was released during the Cardiff National Eisteddfod of his work; “Atgof fel Angor“ (lit. ‘recollection like an anchor’) contains 15 CDs of his recorded tracks, an impressive and lasting tribute to his prolific talent.
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