GIGS / LIVE

 

 


 

Looking forward to this gig with the guys
in DUBLIN on Sunday 23rd April !

 

 

 

 

 


Looking forward to playing with HATS in 
the fantastic MATT MOLLOYS for this very
worthy cause.  

 

2017 Sees the start of a new project "HATS"
As well as doing my own solo gigs I will be
working with two other singer songwriters,
David Dee Moore and Derek McGowan.
We will be doing some Irish Tour dates 
in February and March 2017 and hope to
write and record together...

 

Delighted to have been nominated for the
Singer Songwriter of the year Award 2016
by THE ACOUSTIC YARD FESTIVAL & EVENTS
        and BLUES & ROOTS RADIO.   



 


 

 

 

 

Looking forward to returning to headline at

the renowned Sunflower Folk Club in Belfast 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 




                 A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME

 

A Rose By Any Other Name is a song from the seventies written spontaneously on a night journey into Belfast in August 1977 during the darkest days of the Northern Ireland conflict.

It won first prize in the Bass Ireland Song Competition in 1979.

Gerry for Ballisodare Festival 1980
Some indication of Gerry's song writing talent can be gauged by the fact that his haunting"A Rose By Any Other Name" took first place in the 1979 Bass Ireland, Folk Song Competition Downpatrick.
Next week Gerry Creen's songs will be heard by over 10,00 people at Ballisodare Folk Festival. And who can doubt that in the near future they''ll be heard by many thousands more."
Tony Curry Sunday World 03/08/1980 

"BUTTONHOLE THIS ROSE"
....."A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME has been around for some years now and has aged well. It's a peace song for Northern Ireland and of hope for the coming generations.
A mellower type of "Island" with subtle piano and poetic lyrics. An authentic local classic with great potential as a single. Rose is one of Gerry Creen's finest songs. A slow, stirring, idealistic, look at society. Worth buying the album for. And for the record Dr Neil Martin provides a tin whistle finale."
Tony Curry, IRISH NEWS November 1986

"I was very impressed with the Harp Folk Club performance by the Gerry Creen Band.
It was a set of sustained power which will send a lot of people out looking for Gerry Creen's new album "A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME". Backed by a band that knew it's business, notably Uilleann piper Trevor Stewart, he revelled in their support and sang and played superbly. It was like hearing him for the first time. Like the man in the Marshall poem, Gerry's been too long his lone."
Neil Johnston, Belfast telegraph November 1986

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME
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Gerry's best known song refers again in lyrical fashion to the so called Troubles. He shows concern in particular for the effects on our children. The melody is exceptionally strong."
Geoff Harden, Cavehill Music November 1986

"A Rose By Any Other Name is one of this years big vinyl events so far. I hope Creen's Rose grows healthily in the charts. Tom Paxton who has high regard for Creen heard about the album when he was in town last week and asked to be sent a copy. I shouldn't be suprised if he takes a fancy to one or two of Creen's songs himself"
Eddie McIlwaine, Belfast Telegraph November 1986 

  "It is a timeless and profoundly moving peace anthem penned by singer/songwriter Gerry Creen – a song of vision with words that are as relevant today as they were when first constructed.  Among its messages are tolerance, the responsibility of leadership and the importance of giving direction to young people. In the developing peace of Northern Ireland it has found its place".
Mervyn Jess BBC Radio Ulster

After Gerry performed A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME  live on the Gerry Anderson Radio Show, Gerry Anderson's first comment was, "That is an important song!"  30/07/2010

 
Gerry has been asked to perform A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME at a number of prestigious events hosted by the WAVE Trauma Organisation the  David Ervine Foundation and Healing Through Remembering  – singing to audiences which included republicans, loyalists, politicians, members of the security forces and young people from different parts of a divided community. 

Venues include The Great Hall at Stormont, The Great Hall at Queens University, The Linen Hall Library, The Falls Library, The Oh Yeah Centre, The John Hewitt, The Black Box and The Cresent Arts Centre.

Jim Gibney wrote in The Irish News; at the Peace Lines and Lyrics event at Stormont as part of the Belfast Nashville songwriters Festival, Gerry Creen sang A Rose By Any Other Name, considered by many as one of Ireland’s leading peace anthems.” 04/03/ 2010

 

Commenting on A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME, Rev Harold Good – a church witness to IRA decommissioning – said: “Like a prophet he gives us a timely reminder of where we have been, where we are now, and to where we must not return.” 
Following in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela and President Jimmy Carter, Rev Good has been honoured with the World Methodist Peace Award.

 

Another who has heard Gerry perform is Brendan Duddy – who in the pre-ceasefire period was the key figure in a secret communications link between the British Government and the IRA leadership.
He said as he listened to A Rose By Any Other Name it dawned on him that the songwriter was actually describing faith – “not Roman Catholic faith, not Protestant faith, but faith in the goodness of people. This song has put into melody what is indescribable in other ways. He has grasped the faith which has helped us through a terrible period in our history.”  

 

"Let's hope we never choose,
Between our children and the land we love so well,
Cause either way we're bound to loose.........."
This quote from A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME is used by Professor Bill Rolston on the flyleaf at the start of his book CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION, The lives of sons and daughters of activists in Northern Ireland, Guildhall Press 2011. 


In June 2012 Gerry was invited by Cooperation Ireland to an event at the Lyric Theatre to recognise the important role of the Arts in Cross Community events. The artists, musicians, writers and poets present were presented to the President of Ireland, the Queen and the First and Deputy First Ministers. 

Gerry's song - written in war - is about peace, and its message is not just relevant to Ireland but to conflict zones across the world.