Singer and guitarist Gerry Guthrie was born and raised in Ballina Co. Mayo, where he still resides. He showed a keen aptitude for music from a young age and having bought his first guitar when he was eight years old with the help of Joe Sweeney his music teacher he mastered the instrument. Aged 15, Gerry began playing with a local group called The New Blues on the local pub and cabaret circuit. He subsequently moved on to work with The Richmond’s, a well-established group playing lounge bars, weddings, dinner daces and private functions in the Mayo and South Sligo area.
In 2000, Gerry accepted an invitation to become lead guitarist with Sandy Kelly’s band, with whom he stayed for three years. Over the course of the following decade, Gerry worked as lead guitarist with Martin Cuff, Shawn Cuddy and Louise Morrissey.
In 2009 Gerry decided it was time to venture into the studio, shortly afterwards he released his first single, the Cal Smith song ‘Sunday Morning Christian’, a track which received a huge amount of airplay.
It had long been Gerry’s dream to front his own country band, and a chance meeting with Henry Mc Mahon at a Jimmy Buckley dance brought him one step closer to fulfilling it. Henry takes up the story “I had heard his single ‘Sunday Morning Christian’, and when I met him, I was amazed how much we had in common when it came to singers and songs. I am always of the opinion that a good dance programme is the most important ingredient in our type of music.”
The first thing was to find a suitable song to launch Gerry’s career. Karen from K-Mac Records came across the song ‘Shut Up Heart’, a number that was just waiting on the right singer to record it, that singer was Gerry and he was knocked out by the song.
Gerry Guthrie followed up his debut single on the K-Mac label with the release of an original song ‘The Lucky Horseshoe, written by his manager Henry McMahon who has since penned the very successful ‘Two Loving Hearts’ for Gerry who will appear with his top class band at The Times Hotel, Tipperary town on this Sunday night, 1st July
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