John Halsey (musician)

John Halsey (born 23 February 1945, in Highgate) is a rock drummer, best known for his appearance as Barrington Womble ("Barry Wom") in The Rutles, leading to his playing with Neil Innes's band Fatso and appearing in the television film All You Need is Cash (1978).

John Halsey
Also known asThe Admiral
Born (1945-02-23) 23 February 1945
OriginNorth Finchley
Occupation(s)Publican, musician
InstrumentsDrums, vocals
Years active1965-present
Associated actsFelder's Orioles, Fatso, The Rutles, Timebox, Patto

Halsey was born in Highgate, North London and lived in North Finchley. He joined the London rhythm and blues band Felder's Orioles in 1965, who released four singles on the Piccadilly Records label. In 1967 he became a member of Timebox from Southport, who later became Patto. With record producer Muff Winwood they released three albums. The band disbanded in 1973.

In 1972 Halsey played drums on the Lou Reed album Transformer and recorded as a session musician on albums including Mind Your Own Business by Henry McCullough (1975), Back to the Night by Joan Armatrading (1975), Bullinamingvase by Roy Harper (1977), Woman in the Wings by Maddy Prior (1978), and Mail Order Magic by Roger Chapman (1980).[1] He toured with others including Joe Cocker, The Scaffold, Grimms, Chris Jagger, Neil Innes, Viv Stanshall, and Joe Brown.[2]

In an interview for the magazine Ptolemaic Terrascope in 1992, he said that he spent much of the 1980s selling fish from the back of a van after a near-fatal accident in Chichester in 1983 and that since then, he has been in the pub trade.[2] Since 1996 he has been the landlord of the Castle Inn public house in Castle Street, Cambridge.

He appeared on the Channel 4 show What The Pythons Did Next on 1 January 2007, discussing what it was like to work with Eric Idle.[3] In April 2008 he appeared at the Rutles' thirty-year reunion in Los Angeles, where the four original band members played together again.[4]


  1. "John Halsey credits". Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  2. Nick Saloman, Cyke Bancroft (1992). "Patto-The John Halsey interview" (PDF). Retrieved 26 December 2009.
  3. "What the pythons did next". Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  4. "The Rutles united!". Archived from the original on 26 July 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2015.

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