Cork band Gerry Quigley & The Shinkickers made their debut at Galways iconic live music venue Monroe's Live on Thursday November 26th. Playing at the Backstage Bar the crowd was captivated from start to finish as The Shinkickers pumped out a succession of spine-tingling, rocking, mesmerising originals and classic blues/rock to an enthusiastic crowd, with some music fans travelling all the way from Donegal especially to see the band play.
Starting the night with a progressive rock original from The Nomadic Druids catalogue, "To Be Sure, To Be Sure, To Be Sure", The Shinkickers powered out just the right mix of soothing melodies and driving rock beats with the perfect opening track to begin the night, a remarkable taste of what was yet to come.
What followed was a showcase of captivating muscianship and sounds, with Gerry's ecclectic colleciton of guitars and things with strings and his powerful, energetic band behind him who didn't miss a beat. New Vocalist/Guitarist John Dunne kept the audience entertained with his character-filled renditions of Shinkickers blues originals and Classic Blues tunes, including an amazing version of the George Thorogood track "I Drink Alone".
Gerry's epic instrumental "Weeping Willow" wowed the audience from start to finish, and a captivating arrangement of Finbar Furey's "The Lonesome Boatman" was just breath-taking with Gerry's mastery of the e-bow both haunting and captivating. I can certainly see why Finbar Furey himself loves Gerry Quigley's version of his famous tune.
The Shinkickers' new Bass player Denis Coveney and Drummer Ken "Cley" Cleary worked so well together you would think they had been with the band for many years, and Keyboardist Sharon Quigley filled each song with just the right balance of Hammond Organ, Piano & Synth.
Gerry Quigley grew up in Dublin and was taught to play guitar at age 14 by Eric Bell of Thin Lizzy. Now living in Cork City after 30 years in Australia, if you get the chance to see Gerry Quigley & The Shinkickers, this is definitley one original band you don't want to miss!