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Regular residencies at the Blackburne and The Hard Day’s Night  and special shows at the Floral  Pavilion, New Brighton and even at Liverpool Museum I also performed the “Dixie” song as part of their Everton Day as well as a short presentation on the “Genius of Dixie Dean”
Autumn/Winter 2013
Spring 2014
Summer 2014
Gerry taking some time out to serenade the vines
Cocconatto Festival...Asti...Italy
Bob Paisley - Reluctant Genius- Floral Pavillion New Brighton
Phil Neal, Jimmy Case, Gerry, John Keith (Author), Ian Callaghan, Alan Kennedy
Autumn 2014
Happy New Year! See you in 2015.....
Winter 2014
         Tony Joe White and Gerry


The Beatles at Brockman Hall
Gerry's article in the Liverpool Echo on the Beatles at Brockman Hall
Radio Days
The Atkinson Theatre-Southport
The Baltic Fleet

Gerry's 'office'....
Planet Light Vessel-Liverpool International Music Festival

View from the bridge...

Serenity

DJ Abraham and Gerry

"Acoustic Lounge" - Live
Spring 2013
Summer 2013
Michael Gray Lecture - "Song and Dance Man"
York University 50th Anniversary Weekend 21st -23rd June
Autumn 2012
Summer 2012
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The Autumn was a time of one-night stands as venues ranging from the Hilltop in West Kirby to Pizza Express in Heswall, the Blackburne Arms in Catherine St., Liverpool and backed up with a return to my residency at the hard Day’s Night Hotel in Liverpool City Centre.
Added to these were:

The Wirral Guitar Festival at the Floral Pavilion New Brighton.

The Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight as part of John Keith’s “Footballing Legends” show performing my songs dedicated to William Ralph “Dixie” Dean and Bill Shankly, the  former Liverpool Manager.
The Hard Day’s Night Hotel.

3-month residency at the Marina Metro Hotel in Jersey, Ch. Islands.

During this period I had the pleasure of working closely with the Open Mic. in Jersey organisation which did a lot of favours for my employers at the Marina Metro and for charity in the form of Autism Jersey and MIND on the island.   
The highlight of the early Autumn for me was the gig at the iconic Albert Hotel in Lark Lane (21/9/13) here in Liverpool.

It had everything, virtually no audience to begin with, a packed room at the end, two sets of 75 minutes each and a final free-form Beatles medley lasting a full half-hour (it is the home of the Fab-Four after all!). The audience was, as ever, sensational. The Albert is the kind of gig where I can play originals, Pete Doherty (“Music When the Lights Go Out”) and Dylan’s “Desolation Row” without anyone blinking, as with classic Liverpool managements and audiences, they have a vast knowledge of guitar-based music old and new. Thankfully, some things never change.

I was also working on some new songs and re-recording of older songs and produced 2 CDs...Note After Note and Tales of the Crescent City Daze.

I rounded off the year by returning to The Metro Marina Hotel in Jersey where I was invited to be in residence over the Christmas and New Year period...very, very busy and lots of Christmas Cheer!
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In December 2012, I started a series of radio programmes for Vintage Radio based on the Wirral peninsula. It’s a community internet radio programme and I have complete freedom. It’s great. I host two programmes, “Soul Coaxing” on Wednesdays (6-8pm) a show dedicated to all types of Soul music from Gospel onwards including R&B, Motown, Northern Soul, Philadelphia, Satin and what I call “mohair” or pop soul from Ray Charles to Mel & Tim. 


In Italy there is a long tradition of holding concerts in the town square and of wine festivals...Gerry's old friend a co-owner of the Bava Wine Company invited Gerry to perform at the Cocconatto Wine Festival in Asti.


Due to the success of both Gerry's tribute to Bill Shankly and Dixie Dean he was commissioned to write a song for a new production about Bob Paisley..which was performed at the Floral Pavillion in New Brighton.



Bob Paisley: Reluctant Genius 


 The remarkable story of the man who had to be persuaded to take on so-called Mission Impossible by succeeding Bill Shankly as Liverpool manager and proceeded to land 19 trophies in 9 seasons as the 20th century’s most successful manager. Kop legends Ian Callaghan, Jimmy Case, Alan Kennedy and Phil Neal join writer and broadcaster John Keith and musician Gerry Murphy on stage for a show not to be missed.




August 25 2014: Liverpool Echo
The Beatles historian claims Fab Four were discovered in Tuebrook - not The Cavern
Gerry Murphy hopes to start project to find out more about history of St John's youth club. 
The Beatles historian has claimed manager Brian Epstein first spotted the Fab Four when they performed in a youth club in Tuebrook. Gerry Murphy, who was a co-founder of the Cavern City Tours, claims to have discovered that the group was first seen by the manager who helped them to international success at St John’s Youth Centre on Snaefell Avenue, Tuebrook. And he said the club, also known as Brockman Hall and now home to disability charity Daisy Inclusive, was the setting for the “best rock and roll ever seen”. Mr Murphy said he was studying for an MA in the Beatles when he came across the information. He now believes Epstein came to a Beatles concert in July 1961 and spotted the group months before his first reported gig at the Cavern in November that year. Mr Murphy said: “In 2011 I staged a 50th anniversary event at Brockman Hall and told the audience the Beatles had played there just months before Brian Epstein saw them for the first time at the Cavern and signed them up on the spot. “Afterwards a woman said 
to me ‘it’s wrong what you said about Brian Epstein - because he was standing just there’. She said they recognised him from NEMS record shop.” Mr Murphy said her description of John Lennon’s wife Cynthia in an all leather outfit, which would have been bought on the group’s recent trip to Hamburg, convinced him she was right. He later spoke to her friend,who was with her on the night and backed up the story. Last month he spotted a picture in the ECHO of fans with the group, which then included Pete Best, at the gig in question. He said: “My belief is that Epstein went to see the group in late July, kept in contact with them and formally went to see them and make a proposal in the November that year.” He added: “I think he watched the audience at the gig in Brockman Hall, not just the band, and realised if they could get 200 kids jiving like that in that hall, they could get the world jiving.” 
But Cavern Club director Bill Heckle disputed the claim. He said Epstein’s first sighting of the group was well documented in his own autobiography and was not at Brockman Hall. Mr Heckle added: “What is possible is that he was there but did not remember seeing the Beatles or being impressed, because his first memory and encounter is obviously irrefutably at the Cavern.” Mr Murphy and Dave Kelly, of Daisy Inclusive, now hope to start a project to uncover more about the hall’s connections with the band. They are appealing for people to share their memories. To get in touch email beatles-hiddenhistory@hotmail.com.


Gerry was the host and DJ at an Autumn Soul Spectacular at the Brockman Hall 


02/11/2014


Gerry is playing at the Baltic 14.00

14/11/2014


Gerry at the Albert 20.30


A return to the scene of the last great nite, the Albert in Lark Lane.


28/11/14


The "The Bill Shankly Story" takes to the stage at the Gladstone theatre once again on Friday 28th November.

I get to play my "Shankly Song" in tribute to the great man.

Features Ian Callaghan, Chris Lawler, and Ian St. John.

A must for 60's nostalgics.


16/11/2014


Gerry is playing at the Baltic 14.00


30/11/2014


Gerry is playing at the Baltic 14.00


14/12/2014


Gerry is playing at the Baltic 14.00


Brilliant photie of Gerry taken by Gary McCullach


11 and 12/12/2014


Gerry is at the Heights....Christmas Fayre at the Heights in Llanberis would not be the same without music!


Friday 19/12/2014 at 20.00


Gerry hits the Heights...Pre-Crimble hoedown at Llanberis's premier venue


Wednesday 24/12/14 "Soul Coaxing" Christmas Eve at 15.00 and on


Wednesday 31/12/14 "Soul Coaxing" New Year's Eve...


It's a time for mulled wine, Glaslyn ales, acoustic and soul music and mince pies at the Heights and


Auld Lang Syne




Wednesday Christmas Eve  24/12/2014 at 10.30 pm


Gerry will be on Bay TV singing 4 original Christmas Songs....


Friday 26/12/14 Boxing Day


The only place to be on Boxing Night is  The Albert, Lark Lane  


Sunday 28/12/14


Gerry at the Baltic Fleet...End-of-the-year bash at the Baltic...be there or be spare!


This "Valencia" is the same model as the first guitar I ever saw, brought back to our home from sea by my elder brother. The one we had had probably sailed around the world ten times or more. They were built by the Harmony Co. in Chicago in the 1930's. If there ever was a "Blues" guitar, this is it!



11/11/2014


The Art & Craft of Songwriting Taster Course


Venue: Childwall Adult Learning Centre, Childwall Fiveways, Queen's Drive, Liverpool


This is the re-birth of the nation's original songwriting course founded at Liverpool University in 1991 which went on to form the basis of the BBC's "Sold on Song" 2003-8.

PRS John Lennon Award-winner, Gerry Murphy leads the course designed for those who have an interest in songwriting from an amateur or professional standpoint,

The course will last just two weeks and is totally free!!!



The summer months were particularly busy with a varied series of projects in addition to Gerry's regular gigs. He produced and DJ'd a Soul and Motown Night at the historic Brockman Hall in Tuebrook.


He again hosted and performed at The Planet Light Vessel moored at the Canning Dock over the August Bank Holiday as part of Liverpool International Music Festival also featuring amongst others Serenity and DJ Abraham, due to the 'typical' Bank Holiday weather on the Monday the acts moved below decks...



As well as Gerry's regular gigs at The Baltic Fleet and  The Heights Snowdon in Llanberis, Gerry was invited to peform at The Atkinson Theatre which presented the Shankly Story for which Gerry had previously written and performed his song about Bill Shankly.

The second show is the “Acoustic Lounge” on Thursdays (8-10pm). On this show, I feature guest artists and play some of the finest acoustic-based musics I’ve ever heard from the local to the world, the past to the future. In the period from late summer, when the Acoustic Lounge started I’ve featured ace guitar-player, George Lawless, songwriter, Mark Whitely, veteran duo Rob Jones & Rob White, Chris Elliot, Polish blues singer Leo Whiskey and Serenity, an all female group. To come are Nicky McGrane (3/10/13), “Herringbone” John Hall (10/10/13), Jo Bywater (17/10/13) and Folk broadcasting legend Stan Ambrose (24/10/13).

As an adjunct to this I have started a series of “Acoustic Lounge” gigs at venues like the “Ethical Glass” (20/9/13 & 26/10/13) in North John Street, and the “Baltic Fleet”, on the dockside at Wapping, just by the Albert Dock (29/9/13) this latter one is a lunch-time gig entitled the “Acoustic Lunch” (snappy eh?).
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All now is pointing towards the “International Guitar Festival of Great Britain” better known as the Wirral Guitar Festival when I’ll be playing a couple of gigs in the plaza at the Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton (14/11/13) and another supporting classical guitarist Jad Azkoul at the Williamson Art Gallery on the 20th of November.


Summer highlights after the let-downs of the temporary closure of the Blackburne Arms were the Lark Lane gigs and the series aboard the Planet Light Vessel, moored at the Canning Dock which featured ace guitar-player, George Lawless, songwriter, Mark Whitely, veteran duo Rob Jones & Rob White, Nicky McGrane, Chris Elliot, Polish blues singer Leo Whiskey and Tracey, Linda and Paula as “Serenity”. I was also able to open and close the shows which were staged either side of the August bank holiday, 26th August.

The shows were quite brilliant in good weather with a great audience. The setting was special also:
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I had the honour of being hired for a series of gigs around the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the University of York where I was a student in the ‘70s. The gigs consisted of a “jars out” pub quiz gig on the Friday night, and appearance on the York “Woodstock” festival on the Saturday and a special set by way of introduction to a lecture by Bob Dylan biographer, Michel Gray, author of “Song & Dance Man”, also a former student.

The weekend was a blast. I had the distinction of being the only person, including Chancellor and head of the Football Association, Greg Dyke, to sport a university tie! (pictured)

The highlight was the students’ gig which was unheralded and which caught them a bit by surprise. I sang an original called “Middle English Tears” which is what I’d describe as a modern protest song. It’s lyrics take no prisoners.
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The Michael Gray - Bob Dylan lecture was a great gig too. The room was filling up as I was opening up with “Chimes of Freedom”, “My Back Pages”, “Love Minus Zero - No Limit”, “Subterranean Homesick Blues”, “Mr. Tambourine Man” and was full by “Jokerman”. The headliner didn’t disappoint either.
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