About

Gerry Harrington ~ Irish Traditional Fiddler

Gerry grew up in Kenmare County Kerry under the influence of some of the great players of the day, Connie O’Connell, Dennis McMahon, Séamus Creagh and Jackie Daly. In Kenmare in those years there was a very vibrant Folk Club founded by another local musician Joe Thoma.  In the 1980s Gerry moved to America and lived in Milwaukee and visited Chicago as often as possible, playing tunes with Johnny McGreevy, Liz Carroll and others. Gerry’s music was brought to a wider audience during the nineties through the release of two exquisite albums with accordion player Eoghan O’Sullivan, Scéal Eile and The Smokey Chimney. Another perfect match was formed when Gerry recorded The New Road with button accordion master Charlie Piggott. Gerry has recently recorded two albums “Fortune Favours The Merry” and “The Merry Love To Play” with very well known Sligo flute player Peter Horan from Killavil. Gerry met Peter at the James Morrison Festival in Riverstown, Co. Sligo in 2000 and they have been friends and musical partners since. The depth of tradition in Gerry’s playing is formidable, and yet the sound remains fresh and exciting. The listener is treated to rare versions and tasty interpretations of tunes, a natural coming together of skill and sensibilities that strikes to the very heart of the music. Audiences from Alaska to Ohio, and from California to New York were delighted with his simple yet elegant playing. When not performing in Europe, theUS, and Ireland, Gerry teaches intermediate and advanced fiddle lessons.

 

DISCOGRAPHY

 

Scéal Eile Mulligan Records 1993

The Smokey Chimney Kells 1997

The New Road Cló Iar Chonnachta 2000

The Fiddle The Voice Connoisseur Records 2003

Fortune Favours The Merry Cló Iar Chonnachta 2005

The Merry Love To Play Cló Iar Chonnachta 2007

Gerry Harrington “At Home”  Solo Fiddle Own Lable 2011

 

QUOTES

 

Stepping out from the unison, Harrington’s fiddle is a tad less drowsy, with a spiky, impeccable old-timer’s style.

Mic Moroney   The Irish Times

Gerry Harrington was a completely new name to me, but if his playing here is anything to go by he deserves to be much more widely known. He has a truly faultless tone – very even, full and vibrant – and is an extremely dexterous player – even the triplet notes stand out clear and sharp, and his timing is just gorgeous.

Rod Stradling Musical Tradition

 

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