Theres a tendency for the word unique
to be bandied around a little too freely in music circles,
but thats the only way to describe Jerry Fishs
genre bending style.
A highly charismatic performer who refuses to countenance
audiences having anything but a good time. Jerry routinely
fills the countrys biggest venues.
Jerry Fish is a one of Irelands (by way of Brixton)
most enigmatic songwriters and performers with a career
spanning two decades, and a reputation for dynamic live
shows. Touring the globe throughout the 1990s
as frontman of An Emotional Fish the alternative rock
band that gave us the rock anthem Celebrate
Jerry Fishs swaggering vocal has been described
as Tom Waits in a good mood, or Leonard Cohen doing
Dean Martin. Yes, the smiles come aplenty and witty
lyrics are definitely Mr. Fishs currency of choice,
but Jerrys songs have been so well crafted that
they deserve more than a casual, amused listen.
Music that bucks the zeitgeist with so much enthusiasm
you just have to love it. including the hit crooner
True Friends now truly ingrained in the
Irish hum-along psyche, and two platinum selling albums
Be Yourself and The Beautiful Untrue
featuring guest appearances from among others, Damien
Rice and Rockabilly starlet Imelda May.
Watching Jerry Fish do his lounge-lizard turn onstage
evokes the smoky ghosts of Tom Waits, Willy DeVille,
Professor Longhair and Dr John. With his rolling band
of troubadours, Jerry Fish weaves a strange, heady brew
of Barrio Blues, Punk Latino, Psychedelia, Tropicalia
and whatever youre having yourself.
Eager crowds have flocked to Fishs traveling
musical medicine show. He played three consecutive nights
at The Glastonbury Festival and turned a triumphant
gig at the Spiegeltent into a best selling live album.
Celebrate by Jerry Fish has just been re-released
as a single this Summer. All proceeds of Irish Sales
in 2012 will be donated to Barretstown Childrens
Jerry Fish & the Skeleton Crew play the Spirit
Store on Thursday 27 December. Tickets on sale now.