“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
“Gerry Colvin is a remarkable talent. I am a fan.” Simon Nicol, Fairport Convention
We are delighted to welcome Gerry and the Band to Watford for what will be a fantastic evening.
Recommended donation – £12:50
In the 1970’s Gerry joined pop band ‘The Man Upstairs’. They released three singles and toured with ‘The Smiths’.
In the early 1980’s he 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. The quirky portrayal of their unique skiffle music and beloved Birmingham can be viewed here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVC_uGq5bSA
In 2010 Cherry Red released ‘Let’s Get the Hell Back to Lubbock’, the definitive ‘Terry and Gerry’ compilation.
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 May 2013 Gerry was invited by New York producer and Robert Plant song collaborator Dave Barratt to record ‘Revolution’ for the ‘Beatles complete on ukulele’ album and website.
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’.
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’.
The new Gerry Colvin Band were delighted to be invited to re-appear at Cropredy Festival 2017 to celebrate 50 years of Fairport Convention, where they received a standing ovation!!
His live concerts are unmissable. A great performer and raconteur as well as a brilliant songwriter.
Gerry has released three self-penned solo albums with his own band, ‘Jazz Tales of Country Folk’ followed by ‘Six of One Half a Dozen of the Other’, featuring his original songs. His latest CD ‘Back and Forth’ was launched at Cropredy in 2018. All are available from www.gerrycolvin.com
As well as his new albums “Back and Forth” and ‘Fully Functioning Wind-Up Mechanism’ Gerry’s book ‘The Rabbits of Zakynthos’ is due to be published later this year.
Gerry is immensely proud to be Patron of both Banbury Folk Club, Oxfordshire www.banburyfolkclub.co.uk and Welcombe Radio based in Stratford Upon Avon www.welcomberadio.co.uk.