The May tour is well under way with great gigs last weekend at Nellie Fred’s in Dingle on Friday night and the Cahirsiveen Mountain Root’s Festival. Looking forward to all the other dates coming up including Kinsale, CloughJordan (Tipperary) and Toon’s Bridge (Macroom) this coming weekend. Tickets are going well so don’t forget you can pre-book.
Ger and friends are just preparing to hit the road for the whole month of May and into June for the early summer tour of Ireland. Starting on Friday 3rd with Feile na Bealtaine west in Dingle Ger will play a full month of dates finishing up in Belfast on June 8th… , some solo , some with one or more members of the New Skylarks, have a good look at the tourdates to see where you can catch Ger singing songs from the new CD “Melody Bright & The Favourite Sparrow” and some brand new songs to lift a heart near you…
A 12 date tour of Ireland for the Month Of May has just been announced.All-May tour of Ireland or All-Ireland tour of May? Taking in Dingle, Cahirsiveen, Macroom, CloughJordan,Kilkenny, Ennistymon, Westport, Dublin, Cork, Galway, Wicklow, Listowel Castletownbeare and Belfast plus some more to be announced there is sure to be a gig somewhere near you this May,no need for dismay as we head towards another Summer, thugamar féin an Samhradh linn!.
On the back of great radio play for songs from the new CD ‘Melody Bright and The Favourite Sparrow’, the new album is still in launch-mode as Ger prepares to hit the road once again.
In other news the Sunday Paper series of weekly videos is going from strength to strength with something different every week. You can subscribe to Ger;s youtube channel by clicking here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw9BtIHvyTag8p4_PLnUtig Also , don’t forget to join our mailing list for quarterly updates and a chance to win something nice…….
Welcome to the new website,
Great news in that the new CD “Melody Bright and The Favourite Sparrow” , a compilation from some of our previous 7 albums + a brand new single, is now available to pre-order from the ‘store’ freepost to anywhere in the World, like all the other CD’s.
A list of tour-dates around Ireland supporting the releases over the next few months can be seen in the tours page, come along and hear the songs played live!!
The New single ‘Love is in the Lost and Found’ is now available from iTunes and you can preview it here https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1450315089?ls=1&app=itunes
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Ger has been nominated along with some other guitar enthusiasts to be apart of a project honouring Bert Jansch, a seminal figure in the world of finger-picking acoustic guitar playing.
A video of Ger playing a specially built Yamaha guitar will be featured as part of the imaginative project which is called ‘Around the World in 80 plays’ run by the Bert Jansch Foundation, which helps foster new talent in younger musicians.
His own finger-picking style is influenced by the Scottish guitarist who was part of the folk movement of the 1960’s and 70’s that included the likes of John Renbourn, Davey Graham, Micheal O Domhnaill, June Tabor,Dick Gaughan, Maddy Prior , Martin Simpson and many more. From the guitar playing point of view Bert blended blues,jazz and traditional music with his own unique style to create new ways of playing the acoustic guitar-En route unearthing many older ballads like ‘Reynardine’, adding to newer songs like Ewan Mc Coll’s ‘The First Time ever I saw your face’ and of course singing his own compositions including ‘The Needle of Death’.
Ger is going to play a song of his own showing the positive effect hearing Bert’s music had on him as a young guitarist and singer, from hearing him in his early teens in his formative years and into his early twenties especially.
“I’m very glad to be part of this great project that encourages musicianship in younger players and honours one of the a great proponents of solid and honest folk music in a spirit of co-operation and respect” says Ger.