Rare solo outing for Colvin

By Dan Santy 21/08 Updated: 21/08 14:57

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A RARE solo outing for ColvinQuarmby's charismatic frontman Gerry Colvin kicks off Rugby Roots' autumn series of concerts.

The singer-songwriter will be performing material from his long-awaited solo album, Jazz Tales of Country Folk, at the Merchants Inn, Church Street, on Wednesday September 12.

Known for recordings reflective of his vast musical influences and lyrical insight, Gerry's solo collection of jazz inspired songs tell human stories of love, revenge and celebration.

Richard Barnes, Rugby Roots organiser, said: "The excellent ColvinQuarmby are one of our favourite bands here at Rugby Roots, not least because of Gerry’s superbly crafted songs and unique performing style, and we jumped at the chance to showcase Gerry’s solo work.

"Stylistically his solo work is very different to ColvinQuarmby’s material, with a jazzy, lounge feel ideally suited to the intimate setting of the Merchants Inn, but with the brilliant witty and sharply observant lyrics we've come to expect from Gerry's writing.

"Gerry will be accompanied by the excellent Elliott Rooney on piano."

Born in Barrow-in-Furness and raised in Kent, in the early 80s Gerry co-founded and fronted skiffle outfit Terry and Gerry, a favourite of the legendary John Peel.

The duo toured Europe and the USA together, appearing on television shows including The Old Grey Whistle Test and The Tube, and reached number one in the indie charts will their five singles and album.

In the 90s Gerry spent time in Nashville, plying his trade as a professional songwriter and later collaborating with Alison Moyet on her album Hoodoo, as well as writing television themes, musicals and film scores.

In addition to forming The Atlantics in the early 90s, Gerry has also compered at Glastonbury Festival, appeared as a corpse in the BBC’s medical drama Casualty, sang Big Band swing with the National Screen Orchestra and performed as a comedy double act with The Office's Mackenzie Crook.

Since 1995 Colvin has worked with Nick Quarmby in the five-piece folk band Colvinquarmby. They have released six critically acclaimed albums and were voted best band at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropredy Festival in 2009.

In 2010 they won the Hancock Award for best folk act. Their latest album, CQ5, was released in June 2012. In May 2012 Gerry was invited by New York producer and Robert Plant song collaborator Dave Barratt to record a song for the Beatles Complete on Ukulele album and website.

Tickets are £10 and available from Rugby music shop Sounds, on Church Street, via www.rugbyroots.com website, or direct from Rugby Roots by calling 01788 567338.

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