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Looking forward to this solo gig at

John Weatherby's renowned venue.

 

  

 

 

     GERRY CREEN
          SOLO GIG 
    Sanquhar,  Scotland 
        "A' The Airts"
   Saturday 15th June 2013 


 
   I'm very pleased to be part of

        THE BELFAST FOLK
              lineup at the
  2013 OPEN HOUSE FESTIVAL.
  Sunday 23rd June at 7-00pm
THE JOHN HEWITT BAR, BELFAST. 

I'll be joined on stage by my neice
Clare Diamond on button accordian
 and my son Conor on keyboard. 

 

Glasgow’s premier 

acoustic music venue

The Best in Folk, Blues, Traditional, Roots,
Modern,Jazz & World Music – Live – Every Week
 
   Tuesday 18th June 2013
 Delighted to be opening for
Munro: O'Callaghan: Titchener
at the world famous Star Folk Club 

 

 

     GLENFARG FOLK CLUB
          GLENFARG, PERTHSHIRE
                   SCOTLAND  
Looking forward to a solo gig at Glenfarg
    MONDAY 17th JUNE 2013 

 

      THE BLACK BOX BELFAST
        TUESDAY 30th APRIL 2013 7pm
    I'm delighted to be special guest for
          DEE MOORE'S CD LAUNCH 
    This is a free event and
    you're all very welcome 

 

MATT MOLLOY'S WESTPORT ,CO MAYO
EASTER SUNDAY 31st MARCH 2013

REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO SHARING THE STAGE WITH DEE MOORE AT THIS ICONIC MUSIC VENUE IN  WESTPORT, CO MAYO, ONE OF IRELAND'S MOST BEAUTIFUL TOWNS.

 

The Sunflower Folk Club reopened recently in Belfast in a new venue after a 25 year gap. I am really looking forward to returning to the stage of this iconic music club which was so important for folk music in Belfast in the 1970s and 80s and no doubt will be again! 

 

Kim Ritchie, Gerry Creen, Nicole Maguire 

‘In the Round Concert’

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SATURDAY 23rd FEBRUARY

EARLY SHOW

Black Box Concert Room,18-22 Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LA

Doors 1pm Show 1.30pm

Seated Strictly 18+

Tickets £6

 

 

Two-tim e Grammy nominated Kim Richey is a storyteller; a weaver of emotions and a tugger of heartstrings.
With an amazing voice Kim has released six acclaimed solo albums, her latest Wreck Your Wheels’.

Gerry Creen emerged from the vibrant Belfast folk scene of the 1960s and 70s.
Over the years he’s shared stages with Nanci Griffith, Paul Brady, Ralph McTell, Loudon Wainwright,
Mary Black and many more. He writes with real sensitivity and passion which is displayed in his last album ‘Hindsight’

Twenty four year old Nicole Maguire has been championed by some impressive musicians
– Paul Brady and Nanci Griffith among them - and you can see why from her debut album ‘What You Really Mean.’
There's quality in her song writing, and her voice is pure and elegant.

Kimritchey.com gerrycreen.com nicolemaguire.ie

 

For Folks Sake
105.3fm

  www.live.drive105.co.uk 

 Presented by Desi Fisher

Sat 8th December 2012
1-00pm -- 2-30pm

Gerry will be Desi's
guest chatting and
singing a few songs
 

Belfast Waterfront Studio
Brothers In Arms - Opening Night Reception
Play by Sam Millar
Directed by Martin Lynch
Fri 3rd Feb 2012

 

THE SLIP,  PORTAFERRY
Sat 4th Feb 2012
www.theslipportaferry.com

 

The Lagan Sessions
Sun Feb 19th 2012
www.facebook.com/lagansessions

 

Belfast/Nashville Songwriters Festival
Sat 25th Feb  2012   Doors 3pm
In The Round Concert
Collin Raye/ Eleanor McEvoy/ Gerry Creen
The Cube,  Cresent Arts Centre, Belfast
www.belfastnashville.com

 

 Gerry Creen will be in Nashville TN
Mon 5th March - Sun 11th March
Details TBC

 

 Celtic Music Radio Glasgow
5pm Sun 8th April
Interview with Singer/Songwriter and Presenter Ciaran Dorris
On the CIARAN DORRIS SUNDAY SESSION
www.celticmusicradio.net

 

 Clyde Folk Club ,The Dram 
232 Woodlands RD
Glasgow
Mon 9th April 2012
Gerry Creen Solo Gig


Dunfermline Folk Club ,Scotland
Wed 11th April  2012
Gerry Creen solo gig
www.dunfermlinefolkclub.co.uk



A' the Airts
Sanquhar,  Scotland
Fri 13th April  2012
Gerry Creen  solo gig
www.all-the-airts.com 
 

 
Healing Through Remembering
Day of Reflection
Linen Hall Library
Thursday 21st June 2012
12-00 midday
www.healingthroughremembering.org

 

Feile an Phobail 2012
Mary Black in Concert
Special Guest Gerry Creen
Clonard Monastry
Friday 3rd August
www.feilebelfast.com

 

Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's 2012
 Folk Club Reunion

Dates : 19 Oct 2012 7:30PM - Venue : The White Room, Front of Queen's University Lanyon Building
Organiser : --- Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's, Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's
Booking Information - 7.30 p.m. doors for 8.00 p.m. start. Ticket Price: £14 person

The Guinness Folk and Jazz Club was born in 1972 and for six years continued to provide an eclectic mix of performances for lovers of both music forms. In 1978 the Harp Folk Club was established in the atmospheric, but bitterly cold, surroundings of the then derelict Old Library and went on to host almost 500 separate performances before it’s long-term home in the Senior Common Room was closed in 2004.

Tonight’s guests will all be very familiar to the many hundreds of our friends who returned to the Club year after year and we look forward to welcoming many of you back tonight. The acclaimed Galway singer Sean Keane makes a welcome return to Belfast, after a break of several years, in the company of Fergus Feely (mandolin & vocals) and Pat Coyne (guitar & vocals). There’ll be stunning fiddle and guitar tunes from Cork’s own Nollaig Casey and Omagh’s genius of the frets Arty McGlynn - while Ulster’s finest traditional singer Len Graham joins us from County Armagh.

It’s a family affair as brother and sister Frank and Jane Cassidy, who featured on the TV series As I Roved Out in the late 70’s, return to the stage to revive old favourites and explore new songs. And the family connection continues as Jane’s husband, singer, song collector and author Maurice Leyden is joined on keyboards and backing vocals by their daughter Anna.

Another very talented Belfast artist, singer and songwriter Gerry Creen, is still going strong after 30 years

 as is Rousli - featuring Paul Evans, Hugh Fearon and Norman Coates - whose blend of self penned songs, ragtime rhythms, humour and the odd Irish ballad were in great demand in folk clubs during the eighties.

Compere for the evening, and singing a song or two himself, will be the acclaimed Co. Down singer, songwriter and broadcaster Colum Sands.

Ticket Price: £14 per person  18+

 


Recently a curious Google enquiry revealed Gerry Creen was back in action, with a new album Hindsight and a re-mixed version of A Rose by Any Other Name.  Now in 2010, it can be freshly viewed and listened to and it’s still a killer. Imagine a cross between Paul Brady, Paul Simon, Tommy Flemming, and Seth Lakeman and you have Gerry Creen’s approach lyrical, impassioned, and powerfully articulate. Yet that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
 


John O’Regan 
Irish Music Magazine 
January 2011

 

  http://www.imro.ie/  May 2014  GERRY CREEN    "A great exponent in the art of finger picking with a voice and melodies to match. His classic song ‘A Rose By Any Other Name’ which was written in 1977 during the darkest days of the Troubles is considered by many as one of Irelands leading Peace Anthems. It has been recently re-released on CD along with his wonderful new CD ‘Hindsight’."  

Gerry Creen, Belfast born and bred, is acknowledged as one of Belfast’s finest singer songwriters. Having lived all his life in the city Gerry emerged from the vibrant Belfast folk scene of the 1960s and 70s.

Over the years he’s shared stages and billings with Nanci Griffith, Paul Brady, Ralph McTell, Tom Paxton, Donovan, Loudon Wainwright, the Dubliners John Martyn, Danny Thompson, Lindisfarne, Pierre Bensusan, Stefan Grossman, Mary Coughlan, Alan Taylor, Freddie White, the Battlefield Band, Ossian, Stocktons Wing, Scullion, Eddie Reader, Ian Matthews, The Strawbs, Henry McCullough ...

Gerry has had a prominent place in the most recent Belfast/Nashville Singer/Songwriter Festivals – sharing the stage with Nanci Griffith, Tia Sillers and Mark Selby, Mick Hanley, Dougie Maclean Declan O’Rourke and Benita Hill. His song Lucky Star is part of the festival’s promotional CD Voices of Belfast.

Gerry has recently toured in Ireland with John Gorka, Madison Violet, David Olney and Sergio Webb and the Carolina Chocolate Drops and in Scotland with Allan Taylor and shared billings and stages with Ian Matthews, Eddie Reader, Brian Kennedy, Juliet Turner, Ben Reel, Eilidh Patterson, Joe Echo, Ben Glover, Anthony Toner, John Spillane, Colum Sands, Paul Casey, Janet Holmes and Colin Henry. Recent gigs include Stormont, Edinburgh Folk Club, Stirling Folk Club, The Marquee Club Moniaive, Biggar Folk Club, Leith Folk Club, The Seamus Ennis Centre Dublin, New Music Club Clonmell, Rua Red Theatre Dublin, The Strule Arts Centre Omagh, The Bronte Music Club, The Real Music Club Belfast, The Empire Music Hall Belfast, The Black Box Belfast, The Spirit Store Dundalk and Festival of the Peninsula, Fiddlers Green Festival, Feile An Phobail, Cathedral Quarter Festival, Gig’n The Bann Festival, Open House Festival, Belfast Night of Culture, and The Atlantic Sessions.

At several of its events the David Ervine Foundation invited him to perform his timeless and profoundly moving peace anthem A Rose By Any Other Name which was written in 1977 during the darkest days of the Troubles. “Considered by many as one of Irelands leading Peace Anthems” IRISH NEWS March 4th 2010.

In 2007 he wrote and performed the title track Tuesday’s Child on a double album for the children’s charity of the same name featuring the very best in Irish music – including Mary Black, Brian Kennedy, Duke Special, Foy Vance, Snow Patrol.

Gerry Creen has been singing for as long as he can remember. Encouraged by his family and teachers at primary school Gerry performed solo, in choral groups and choirs at every opportunity. In his early teens he began playing mandolin, tenor banjo and guitar to accompany his singing in youth club groups and folk bands, such as…

The Gleaners 1968/69. Gerry and Dessie Friel (father of Anna Friel) played in school concerts and coffee houses such as The Hobbit, The Ferryboat and The Boundary Bar, where they rubbed shoulders with musicians and singers such as David McWilliams, Den Warrick, Patsy Melarkey, Gillian McPherson, Sam Bracken and Dave Shannon and a host of traditional musicians all part of the vibrant traditional and contemporary Belfast folk scene. Gerry and Dessie supported The Dubliners and Johnny McEvoy at the Ulster Hall.

Folkus 1970/71. Influenced by New-Wave world folk music and in particular bands such as Fairport convention and Pentangle, Rock and Blues guitarist Hugh Fearon was added to an increasingly experimental mix and Gerry and Dessie took their first tentative steps as songwriters. Rumplestiltskin 1971/72. When Dessie left Belfast for college in England, Gerry headed off to The College of Art at the University of Ulster. Gerry and Hugh joined Peter Millar and Sam Bateman to form Rumplestiltskin. Rump was influenced by a very wide range of music including, World folk music, Blues and Rock. From The Cream and Hendrix to Fairport Convention, Crosby/Stills/Nash and The Incredible String Band. Rump was very experimental, using as many as 14 instruments, including, sitar and Indian harmonium, during a gig. Peter, Sam and Gerry wrote songs as individuals and occasionally collaborated on original songs.

Gerry was increasingly drawn into his career in Art but found some time to make guest appearances with Patsy Melarkey, Colin Higgins, Louis Gordon, Hugh Fearon and Peter McNally.

Armed with a growing reputation as a singer/songwriter honed in folk clubs associated with The Ulster Federation of Folk clubs such as The Sunflower, The Walnut, Downpatrick Folk club, The Copper Kettle (Enniskillen) etc. Gerry embarked on a part-time solo career playing the “Folk Circuit” of clubs and festivals around Ireland.

In 1976 Gerry was awarded the prize for “Best Vocalist” at the Letterkenny International Folk Festival, and in 1979 his song “A Rose By Any Other Name” won best song at The Bass Ireland Song Festival. That same year he played the North Coast Folk Festival alongside Tom Paxton, Paul Brady, Loudon Wainright, Christy Moore and The Strawbs. In 1980 he was invited to play at the Boys of Ballisodare Festival in a lineup that included Sonny Terry & Brownie Magee, Donovan, Don Everly and Planxty.

Gerry played at The Belfast Festival at Queens, five years in succession, culminating in the launch of his album, “A Rose by any other Name” at The Harp folk club in November 1986. His band on the night included Enda Walsh on piano, Paddy Walsh keyboards, Dave Early R.I.P. (ex Shade) on drums and percussion, Dee Moore on bass and Trevor Stewart on uillean pipes. The album which was produced by Gerry aided by Shaun Wallace and Enda Walsh, was recorded at Shaun Wallace’s Homestead Studios in Randalstown.

The album featured the highly respected musicians Shaun Wallace electric guitar, Enda Walsh keyboards, Jane Cassidy vocals, Frank Cassidy bouzouki, Trevor Stewart uillean pipes, Billy Moll concertina and bodhran, Neil Martin whistle, Anthony McQuillan bass and Brendan McGarrity and Colin Bell on drums plus Gerry vocals, acoustic and electric guitars and harmonica.

In a number of years much of Gerry’s time was dedicated to his career as a teacher and his family life. He did however find time to play occasionally with bands such as Breaking Ice with, Robert Morrison, Denise Kelly-Brown, and Stevie Murtagh, and The Sads with Jack Kennedy, John Leadbetter, Denis Graham, Alex Robinson, Paul Cole and Philip Simpson and some two-piece gigs with John Leadbetter.

Since 2008 Gerry has been playing mainly solo gigs to promote his recent CD ‘Hindsight’ 2009 and his re-released on CD album from 1986 ‘A Rose By Any Other Name’