After 30 years in Australia - this Dublin boy is back!
Of course I'm talking about none other than Dublin's own legendary guitarist Gerry Quigley, who grew up in inner city Dublin in a family where rock and roll was a way of life.
Youngest brother of Ireland's pioneering rock photograhper Liam Quigley (RIP), Fran Quigley of CAVS, Pat Quigley Bassist Orphanage, The Jolly Beggermen, The Movement and Peter Quigley (RIP), it's difficult for most people to imagine how Gerry's cherished childhood memories could include watching and playing air and broom guitar as a 10-14 year old during countless band rehearsals in the Quigley basement by Irish rock gods Gary Moore, Phil Lynott and Eric Bell with bands such as Orphanage, Skid Row and Thin Lizzy; playing board games and street football with Phil Lynnott who thought of Gerry as a younger brother, and private guitar lessons at age 14 with Thin Lizzy founder and lead guitarist Eric Bell who introduced Gerry to the blues and encouraged him to develop his own style. But for the young Gerry Quigley, it was all just part of everyday "normal" life growing up in a musical Dublin family in the 70's.
With such legendary influences setting the standard in his early years it's no surprise that Gerry continues to captivate the audience where ever he plays since returning home to Ireland. Just as he did while living in Australia for 30 years - where he was awarded honorary life membership of the prestigious Perth Blues Club for his contribution to the Western Australian music scene.
With no less than five amazing shows during his debut at the world's largest Rory Gallagher Tribute Festival recently in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal with the Irish Lineup of his blues/rock and originals band The Shinkickers, Gerry Quigley has well and truly claimed his status as another of the great Irish guitar legends!