Breaking news: Ireland’s guitar wizard Gerry Quigley has been invited to play a second show as part of his festival debut at Ireland’s prestigious Blackstairs Blues Festival in Enniscorthy Co.Wexford in September. Along with visiting bluesman and drummer extraordinaire Jim Finn from Sydney, Australia this promises to be something special.
The Gerry Quigley & Jim Finn Band is a seasonal collaboration of the two, and consists of Dublin-born Gerry Quigley on guitar and things with strings, Jim Finn (Australia) on drums and lead vocals, Sharon Quigley on keyboards (also from Australia) and Gerry’s fellow “Dub” Bryan Hyland on bass.
The Gerry Quigley & Jim Finn Band will play a mix of captivating progressive blues-rock instrumentals from the “half-mad Irishman” Quigley, along with Finn’s original blues and a great selection of the best of blues classics. Friday 8th September in Rackard’s Bar and on Saturday 9th September at Houlihan’s Bar.
Gerry Quigley returned home to live in Ireland in 2013 after 30 years in Australia. Festival chairperson John Murphy said that he was urged by a friend to travel to Co.Cork in 2016 to see Quigley play a show. John was so impressed that he immediately booked Gerry for the 2017 festival after the show, and is really looking forward to having him in the festival lineup for the first time in September.
Guitar lovers prepare to be captivated at Blackstairs Blues Festival 2017!
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“Phil Lynnott and Thin Lizzy. Quigley is one of that rare breed”
– Blues Matters magazine (UK) Feb 2017
“Unique and infectious brand of Celtic hard edge blues and rock”, “The purest quality in terms of guitar playing” – album review, Blues Matters magazine (UK) Feb 2017
“If my Philip was still alive, I just know he would choose you to be guitarist in his band”
– Philomena Lynnott, (family friend and mother of Ireland’s greatest rocker Phil Lynnott of Thin LIzzy) after cheering Gerry while standing on her chair as Gerry & band played his epic “Weeping Willow” at a charity concert in Dublin. 2011