Free Entry 4-6pm
Acoustic Blues and Ragtime Tunes, Gerry plays 6- and 12-string acoustic guitars, a Michael Messer Lightning resophonic guitar, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica and bass: he has even been known to pick 5-string banjo. He cites his main influences as Blind Blake, Rev. Gary Davis, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Blind Boy Fuller, Robert Johnson, Sleepy John Estes, the Memphis Jug Band, Roger Sutcliffe, Steve Phillips, Stefan Grossman, Michael Messer, and the Goons.
Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, Gerry has lived and worked in West Yorkshire for many years, playing many kinds of music with many different people. He has worked in ceilidh bands, Irish rock groups, pit bands for musicals and church groups. However, his first love has always been solo acoustic blues: listening to the pre-war recordings of the old blues players was a major influence in his youth and has become increasingly important as the years have rolled on. Assiduous practice and a three-year spell during the early 90s in the influential blues guitar workshop run by Roger Sutcliffe at Ilkley College helped to sharpen up his playing: he took over leadership of this workshop when Roger retired from his day job. Friendship with members of the famous Leeds Blues Mafia, especially Steve Phillips and Dave Speight, also helped deepen his commitment to this music, as did his three-year stint in the legendary duo The OKeh Boys with Richard Young.
After retiring early from teaching, Gerry now performs at clubs, festivals and pubs: anywhere that will have him – or where he can sneak in unnoticed! He has issued two CDs on his own Big Thumb label: Big Road Blues came out in 2004 and My Train Is Waiting in 2006.
Playing tracks from his new album “New wine in old bottles”