banjo , vocals
Born in Dublin, and weaned on Ireland’s vibrant folk scene, Gerry enjoyed an incredibly successful career with his band, The Cotton Mill Boys. This band was one of Ireland’s most popular bands on the live music circuit in Ireland and the UK, including American Airforce bases in England and Continental Europe. They had their own TV series, won Opportunity Knocks three times (similar to today’s American Idol), recorded 15 top selling albums and 25 singles.
He left the music industry in the late eighties to pursue a career as a management consultant and keynote speaker on the international speakers’ circuit. During that time he wrote three top selling books – The Five Plateaus of Progress, The Agony of Ecstasy, and The TMI (Ten Minute Interview). His new book, Fluff Management (which deals with bullying in the workplace) will be published later this year.
But now he is back to his first love – writing songs, recording them and playing them. Last year he released a solo album of all original material, Wild Bird, Fly Free. He was one of the pioneers of bluegrass music in Ireland, and now he is playing an eclectic mix of ‘bluesgrass’ music with The Spitzee Post Band.