Saturday 14 October 2023
7 – 23 pm
Manchester Art Gallery
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A fantastic evening awaits, doors open at 7pm and you will firstly be entertained by the gallery’s very own Head Chef, Adam Leavy, with a set of instrumental banjo arrangements – ethereal Americana meets true Country magic!
The bar will be open all evening and after a short break following Adam’s set it will be time for the wonderful Gerry Colvin Band to take to the floor!
Now in his fourth decade in the music industry, Gerry Colvin has carved a niche for himself in the folk world and established himself as a folk pop legend. In 1995 he co-founded the five-piece folk band Colvinquarmby. They released six critically acclaimed albums and were voted best band at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropredy Festival in 2009. In 2010 they won the Hancock Award for ‘Best Live Folk Act’.
Gerry’s live concerts are unmissable – he is without a doubt a great performer and raconteur as well as a brilliant songwriter and he is delighted to be performing in Manchester allowing his Northern fans to come to this city centre location.
“Gerry Colvin is a writer of great substance who is able to give us something that has been largely missing in English Music for a long time. His subjects and characters are clearly defined, and his songs create strong images and stories which can make us both laugh and cry in the same breath. This man is unique and unforgettable. The songs are brilliant. He should be a household name. Go see him.” Phil Beer, Show of Hands
In the 1970’s Gerry joined pop band ‘The Man Upstairs’. They released three singles and toured with ‘The Smiths’ and by the early 1980’s Gerry co-founded and fronted the legendary John Peel favourite skiffle-cowpunk indie outfit ’Terry & Gerry’. This seminal band toured Europe and the USA and appeared on countless Radio and TV shows including “The Tube” and “The Old Grey Whistle Test”. Their five singles and album all reached No.1 in the indie charts. They wrote numerous theme tunes for Central TV and were the subject of a 30 minute documentary by the legendary film maker Norman Hull, which aired on British Television in July 1986.
In the early 1990’s Gerry worked in Nashville as a professional songwriter and back in the UK collaborated with Alison Moyet, co-writing on an album project. He also penned numerous TV themes, three musicals, two film scores and wrote and presented for BBC Radio 2. His band ‘Gerry Colvin’s Inexperience’, a fusion of Soul, R and B and Folk-Country, became a firm favourite on the College circuit.
In 1993 Gerry formed the folk-pop band ‘The Atlantics’: they toured extensively including a slot at Glastonbury Festival where Gerry was compere, and appeared on BBC’s ‘Pebble Mill at One’. Colvin’s other major project at this time was film music as vocalist with ‘The National Screen Orchestra’; he also performed as a comedy double act with Hollywood superstar Mackenzie Crook
In 2014 Gerry released a self-penned solo album ‘Jazz Tales of Country Folk’ followed by ‘Six of One half a Dozen of the Other’ in 2016 which features ten brand new original songs.
In 2015 Gerry reformed ‘Terry and Gerry’ and was invited to support Status Quo on a nationwide tour. Terry and Gerry also appeared at Glastonbury that year following the release of their new EP ‘Dear John’.
Gerry’s cd’s are available from The Gerry Colvin Shop
“Gerry Colvin is a remarkable talent. I am a fan.” Simon Nicol, Fairport Convention
..and without doubt you will be a fan too after enjoying this unique event!
If you need any assistance accessing Manchester Art Gallery please contact Debbie Kay for more information – [email protected], 0161 235 8825.