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Gerry O'Beirne: Bio

Gerry O’Beirne is a singer and songwriter and player of 6 and 12 string guitars, tiple, ukulele, slide, National Steel guitar and many other stringed things.  He grew up in Co Clare in Ireland and in Ghana in West Africa, and has lived in England, California, Mexico and now near Dingle in Co Kerry.

 

Gerry’s much loved first solo album Half Moon Bay features The Holy Ground, Half Moon Bay, Western Highway and The Shades Of Gloria which have been sung by Maura O’Connell, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Mary Black and many great singers. His second album The Bog Bodies And Other Stories: Music For Guitar was named CD of the Month on the pan-American radio show Echoes, and one of its essential albums of the year. “Yesterday I Saw The Earth Beautiful”, a duet album with fiddler Rosie Shipley featured his own songs, settings of poems by Paddy Kavanagh and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill along with traditional tunes from Ireland and Cape Breton.

 

He is working on a new record of songs and has been writing some new melodies for old Irish lyrics that have lost their tunes, and some of these have been recorded by Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh from West Kerry on her recent albums.

 

Gerry has toured the world as a solo artist and with the Sharon Shannon Band, Patrick Street, Midnight Well, Andy M. Stewart, Kevin Burke, Andy Irvine, and the Waterboys.  He has performed at the White House, opened for the Grateful Dead, and played electric guitar with Marianne Faithfull. He has played with a Romanian orchestra and choirs in a cemetery in Transylvania at night and surely not many people can say that. He has written music for film and theater and appeared on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. His songs were celebrated in a special concert at Sligo’s Fleadh Cheoil in August 2015.

 

Recently he has been working with New York composer Peter Gordon on a recording of the music of the legendary Arthur Russell, and recorded recently with Peter Gordon and Tim Burgess of the Charlatans.

 

He has produced albums including Promenade by Kevin Burke and Michael O’Dhomhnaill (winner of the Grand Prix Du Disque at Montreux), Irish Times by Patrick Street, Man in the Moon and Donegal Rain by Andy M. Stewart, The Connaughtman’s Rambles by Martin O’Conner, Up Close by Kevin Burke, Silver Hook Tango by Australian singer-songwriter Kavisha Mazella, albums by Sarah McQuaid, and Lumina by Irish piper, low whistle player, and composer Eoin Duignan.

 

Links to recent appearances on Fleadh TV in Ireland performing his songs Down London Way and The Last King Of Feothanach :

All Down The Day (Down London Way)

The Last King Of Feothanach