Barry Edwin Jarman 1931 - 2001
SA's most versatile and respected musician passed away on 12 June 2001
"Barry Jarman, a founding member of the comedy pop group The Bats, has died, aged 70.
Although The Bats performed and recorded extensively for the better part of the 1960's and the 1970's,Jarman was generally regarded as one of South Africa's best session musicians.
Among other instruments, he could play trumpet, penny whistle and guitar, but he preferred the concertinaabove all. Boeremusiek was his first love, and he was a regular feature at the Sunday concerts at Bapsfontein,a pleasure resort outside Johannesburg, in the late 1950's and early 1960's.
It was at Bapsfontein, in 1958, that he met drummer and, later, comedian Eddie Eckstein, with whom he formedThe Bats with keyboard player and vocalist Paul Ditchfield and guitarist Jimmy Dunning in 1964......
The Bats broke up in 1980, and Jarman continued to work as a session musician and a part-time illustrator.The group reunited in 2000 for a series of concerts, but Jarman declined to take part ". No thanks! I've been there, done that!
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