Introducing Gerry Ffrench

“One of the best singer-songwriters Merseyside has to offer”

About Gerry

About Gerry

One of the best singer- songwriters Merseyside has to offer, Gerry’s colourful, Liverpool and Irish roots make her a wonderful performer, writer and recording artist of rich, contemporary folk music.

Graduating from the folk clubs in the seventies, Gerry dipped into the local music scene, playing in three local bands before a lifelong love of folk music brought her back onto the folk scene. Her first serious solo venture into recording is the EP My Brother’s Shoes, which contains four of her self penned songs about war. It was released last November, and the first pressing sold out after receiving radio play both on Radio Merseyside and in the US.

Her first album “Rivercityology” was launched in March 2016 and contains eight of her own songs about life in the city of Liverpool as well as one of the traditional songs from her repertoire. The recording has a strong local flavour with song titles such as “Cunard Yanks” “Riverside Drive” , “The Dockers’ Pen” and “The Liverpool Irish”, which give it a uniquely Liverpudlian flavour.

Gerry is a musician with a great voice who is in demand at festivals and live venues across Merseyside and beyond, Her appeal is growing as her own songs and stories are played out in her very popular solo performances and recordings.

Take a look at a review of my latest album in the May issue of Buz Magazine

Review by Pete Massey in Folk Northwest Magazine

This a really good album from Gerry Ffrench who, at this moment in time, is a little known artiste outside of Merseyside. However, I have a feeling this may all soon change as her fame spreads.

Once again, I am reminded how many really good talented performers we have on Dee & Merseyside. How lucky I am to live here.  In a fairer world we should be seeing Gerry on the BBC2 folk awards, – but may never happen.

Gerry is a real folk singer – songwriter from Liverpool, and just as Jess Lowe takes his inspirations for his songs from the northeast, Gerry takes hers from Merseyside. On this album Gerry sings her own songs with honesty and feeling. The songs are well crafted with lyrics that are clear. Even if you don’t live in this area, you are sure to find them interesting.

Gerry wrote all the songs on the album, apart from one, which is a traditional Irish ballad. She accompanies her self on guitar and banjo nicely, keeping the accompaniment to a minimum and its tastefully done. One other thing I liked about this album. This is how Gerry sounds ‘live’ – so should you go to one of her performances you won’t be disappointed.

The play list…

  1. The River Song – A song of hope.
  2. The Calm Before The Storm – Songs reflects feelings before the Great War
  3. The Dockers Pen – A song about the hardship and employment Liverpool Dockers’ had to endure
  4. Summer in the City – A romantic look at today’s Liverpool in the summer
  5. Riverside Drive – Another romantic look at the Mersey on a nice day
  6. The Claims Solicitor – A comic song about the claims process solicitors make money out of
  7. The Liverpool Irish – A lament about the Irish Battalion of the Kings Liverpool Regiment who fought in the Great War in 1916.
  8. My Laggan Love – Traditional Irish ballad
  9. Cunard Yanks – A nickname given to the guys who worked for Cunard on the transatlantic run. They brought back with them many things that were not yet available here, including American Records (Many of the Merseyside bands got hold off, including The Beatles, and took inspiration from and developed ‘the Mersey beat’ sound back in the 60’s)

I enjoyed this album. There is no ‘album fodder’ on it. A pity there is only 9 tracks. However, Gerry also has an EP with 4 tracks on it called * My Brothers Shoes *. I recommend if you seek out this album you get the EP as well.

Gerry will be appearing at the Wirral Folk Festival at Ellesmere Port in June, and later on in the year on 12th Sept at The Mucky Duck Folk Club in Ewloe.

Catch Gerry’s act if you can. She is an artiste that is on the way up!

Forthcoming Gigs

May
20th Folk in The Park, New Brighton
28th – 29th Gloucester Shanty Festival, various venues.
28th 2pm. A ticketed concert at The Mariner’s Church, Gloucester docks.
http://www.gloucestershantyfestival.co.uk/

June
4th From The Mountains To The Sea. Concert at the Bridge Inn Port Sunlight, supporting Jeff Warner and PSSD. (link below)
https://www.wherecanwego.com/event/919264-from-the-mountains-to-the-sea-traditional-songs-and-music-with-the-rythms-of-work-and/events.aspx#.VxULVYOMiTY.email
5th Wirral Folk on The Coast (Box office enquiries: 0151 652 0734; 0151 678 9902)

July
10th Tamworth Folk Moot – Peace Concert.
Friday 22nd July 7pm atMelrose Hall Hoylake
As part of the Johnny Donnegan Skiffle Band, in support of PSSD. The event is part of Wirral Festival of Firsts and is a beneit for Claire House.

September

12th (Monday)  The Mucky Duck Folk Club, Eweloe Social Club. Old Mold Road CH53 AU
Liverpool Shanty Festival 30th September – 1/2 October (see Shanty UK Website for details)

October
15th Thornton Hough Village Club (with Tom Blackwell)
22nd Liverpool Irish Festival in the Everyman
28th The Floral Pavilion new Brighton with PSSD and friends (Box Office 0151 666 0000)

November
6th, Sunday 7pm. Floral Pavilion, New Brighton as part of the Wirral Guitar Festival

December
6th. Cornmarket Folk Club, Fenwick Street, Liverpool. It’s their Christmas session, so should be fun.
31st . Lowlands, Heyman’s Green, West Derby Village, Liverpool. Ticket details to follow.

March 2017
3-5th Deundenddeinen Festival, Enkhuizen, Holland.
13th (Monday) The Prospect Folk CLub, Weston Village.

June 2017
9th -11th  Wimbourne Folk Festival

August 2017
12-13th Fuiderzee Museum Festival Holland.

Contact Gerry

Contact Gerry by email at gerryffrench@hotmail.com or call her on 07739 025660.

© Gerry Ffrench 2015