Jarmans Rocks – cheering up the community

A local duo have been spotted performing around Knowle West with a mission to “cheer up the community”.

Jarmans Rocks is composed of piano teacher Martin Turnbull (56) on keyboards and vocals and fifty-four-year-old  Robert Grimsted on guitar..

Spotted outside Jarmans near the flower shop today, the aptly named two-piece certainly raised a few smiles among shoppers in the sunshine –  with a mix of covers from the Beatles to Ace of Base.

Martin says: “We’re local and have also played outside in Melvin Square and Filwood Broadway – our aim is to cheer up the community.

“We try to play music that gets people singing and dancing – I want to get a singing group going in Knowle West.”

The pair formed the band three years ago after meeting at a breakfast at the local Baptist Church – and have played at festivals such as Art in the Park at Redcatch and Knowle West Fest.

They find busking in the street a good way to reach local people. Last year they also started visiting community centres and groups – including  the Novers and Fit and Fab at the Health Park.

Robert who has been playing the guitar since he was 15 adds: “I love music for the community and it’s doing it for free. I’ve lived here all my life and a lot of my famiIy live here. If it makes people smile – it’s a good thing.”