Relative newcomer Gerry, arrived on our shores having spent many years of quiet preparation as a core participant in New Zealand’s vibrant folk scene.
His interest in the Irish tradition was further piqued by a chance meeting with Alan Doherty(flute, see no.6), and realising that his natural ability lent itself easily to the Irish style of playing, he bid farewell to the southern hemisphere in order to study the musical tradition in Dublin. In demand from the moment of arrival, Gerry’s reputation quickly spread and those eager to forge musical alliances with the gifted Kiwi included Brendan O Sullivan(fiddle, see no.2) and his old friend Alan.
These three now form the core of the group ‘Grada’, whose first studio album is soon to be released. Gerry is regularly described as the ‘Cassanova of the Crawl’ as more than one youthful female have succumb to the charms of this loveable rogue, his gregarious sense of style and his intimate knowledge of Elizabethan poetry do him no harm in this department, but, ever shy, Gerry attributes many of his romantic successes to the clear, sweet, soft, dulcet tones of his singing voice.