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THE SHINKICKERS and THE NOMADIC DRUIDS - Tour Perth 2014

25th, 26th, 27th & 29th July

Written by Soda Lee,
Westcoast Music Shack
http://www.sodalee.com/

Originally from Dublin, and playing professionally in Western Australia for the last 30 years, Gerry Quigley, 2 years ago relocated back to Ireland. He recently returned however, to his Australian hometown of Perth, to visit family, and whilst here, reforming his long standing and highly acclaimed five piece rock/blues outfit of 23 years, 'The Shinkickers', to perform again, to their passionate and. dedicated West Oz fans, their unique and infectious brand of Celtic hard edge blues and rock, in a whirlwind reunion set of 4 outstanding and highly entertaining shows over a an extended weekend, starting on Friday night 25th July at the Indi Bar, Scarborough Beach and following through to a climax, two band showcase 'Perth Blues Club' event at The Charles Hotel on the Tuesday night 29th July.

Also reformed and on the final night's bill was Gerry's musically mesmerising original instrumental project, soon to be launched in Europe, 'The Nomadic Druids', an instrument quartet performing a 45 minute continual play, 'listening showcase' of the band's debut CD 'Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow', recorded at Shelter Studios, Perth in 2012. A virtuoso musician at a world level, Gerry's powerful and melodic style is hypnotic to the ears, and as always, kept listeners mesmerised from beginning to end, the set finishing with a yet to be recorded outstanding 10 minute melodic rock guitar piece titled 'To Be Sure, To Be Sure...to be sure'.

The Shinkickers line-up consisted of 3 original core members, Geoff Bushby on vocals, guitar, harmonica and saxophone, Leroy Cleaver on drums and Gerry Quigley on guitar and strings. Original keyboard player Terry Pugh, who was present at the debut show, but no longer playing full time in Perth, was replaced by corporate keyboardist, Jonathan Pitulej, and long time friend and highly accomplished local musician John McNair on bass, both of whom are also original members of 'The Nomadic Druids' Guest appearances included Gerry's wife, musical partner, and a musician in her own right, Sharon Quigley, playing keyboards on his popular masterpiece 'Weeping Willow', talented rocker, guitar teacher and ex-student of Gerry's, Rod Pearson on guitar, and yours truly 'Soda Lee' for my usual fun rocked up classics at the end of the night.

All four sell out shows were a joyous celebration of music, friends and fans spanning over the two decades and crossing generations. On Gerry's return to his new home in Cork, he will move forward with the continued development of 'The Nomadic Druids' project, while playing a steady flow of shows with the Ireland based line-up of 'The Shinkickers'. He hopes to return to Perth again in the coming 24 months, with the possibility of extending the tour interstate and onward to the East Coast.

A very much missed part of Perth's live musical circuit, Gerry's return threw a brief, but very uplifting and powerful explosion of world class guitar music expertise to a currently low key and somewhat quiet Perth Winter live music scene. We all look forward to your return our dear friend!

ROCK!

 

 

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The Rock Pit.net CD Review

GERRY QUIGLEY & the NOMADIC DRUIDS

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
Self released, 2012

By Shane Pinnegar
www.therockpit.net

Gerry Quigley - Irish by birth, childhood friend to not only Phil Lynott, but also Gary Moore and Rory Gallagher, Perth blues legend and much more – has delivered a tender, touching and intriguing EP in Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.

A conceptual instrumental Celtic blues tale encompassing nothing short of the Journey of Life, track one, Conception, moodily builds to a…errr…climax (sorry!), before an exultant Prelude To Yesterday celebrates the birth with a short piece of singing guitars.

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A family affair

Five members of the Quigley family, Pat, Fran, Liam, Gerry and Peter have made notable contributions to the Irish music industry.

Jackie Hayden, 08 Jun 2011


The recent death of their mother Kathleen Quigley (Ma Quigley) has prompted many in the Irish music industry to reflect on how five members of the same family made such an impact on the music industry despite, or perhaps because of, coming from a modest home in Synnott Place in Dublin.

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Radio 99.3 FM Los Angeles

Gerry's band The Shinkickers played the Perth and Western Australian music scene for some 18 years (at least) from 1994 - 2012


"The Shinkickers from the first listen have thoroughly impressed me with their talents. The guitars, the sound and the energy behind what they play is absolutely astounding. The commitment they’ve shown thus far to their music has been proven evident with every song. These are people who love music! "

- Ash Fierro, The Chaos Box, 99.3 FM, Los Angeles, California