Liam started his career in music as a member of the highly
successful folk/bluegrass group Jargon in the late 70's. The group
also featured singer songwriter Charlie McGettigan, who (along with
Paul Harrington) would go on to win the Eurovision Song Contest in
1994 with his song Rock n' Roll Kids. Following a stint
during which the band enjoyed considerable success on the Irish folk scene,
Liam moved into more traditional waters as a session player with
Stockton’s Wing as bassist, drummer, and guitarist during the early
1980’s. Liam toured internationally with the
In 1984, Liam joined the successful
Sligo-based Hennigan's Blooze Band. He played rhythm and lead guitar
and wrote and recorded two Irish top ten singles for the band in
1986 and 1987. In 1988, Liam moved from rock to country when he
joined Ray Lynam's country rock band which toured Ireland, the UK
and United States.
In the 1990's, Liam continued to
expand his musical horizons and
became an in-demand session
and recording musician. He also secured a publishing deal for his
original songs with Warner Music in Germany. He toured in Denmark
and Belgium with Eleanor Shanley and Charlie McGettigan and
performed at the ‘Tonder Music Festival’.
He also played with Irish
country singer Pat Ely and the Rocky
Tops on several tours of England as well as touring with Chris
Meehan and his Redneck friends for a time. During the late 1990's and early
2000's Liam focused his musical energies nearer to home and played
with several very successful regional bands including the Bubblemen
and the Passengers.
He also continued to record with both
local and nationally known artists.
In early 2006, Liam joined with former band
mates to form the Rock n' Roll
Circus which broke up in the winter of 2006.
Gerry started his career playing guitar
with local pub groups in the Northwest and got his first taste of
the pro circuit when he joined the Ritchie Fitzgerald Ceili Band on
a tour of England's Irish clubs in early 1974. Later that same year,
he teamed up with a young Welsh girl, Philomena Ellis (a.k.a. Sandy
Kelly) in her first Irish band,
Easy Listenin'. Sandy left to
join the Fairways and Gerry relocated to Galway to join the showband scene when he
was picked as the original lead guitarist with
Magic and The
Swallows (who would soon be renamed
The Magic Band) in mid 1974.
In late 1975, Gerry returned to
the Northwest and formed the band Sundown playing local pubs, dances, and
weddings. In late 1976, Gerry headed to the United States where he
arrived in California and got a gig with the resident Bill McClure
Band in Newport Beach. After a few months, a young female singer,
Kim McCormick joined the band and within a year they married and
returned to Ireland.
In 1978, Gerry (with Kim) went
back to the ballroom circuit with
The Kim Newport Band. During the
next five and a half years, the band toured Ireland constantly and
Gerry also penned nearly a dozen songs which the band released and
performed on RTE. He formed his own publishing company (Gala Music)
and Record Company (Sunset Records) as well. Sunset records released
all the band's records as well as discs for The Duskeys, Pluto and
Donal McLynn, among others.
Throughout this period
Gerry also made appearances with several other bands including Stage 2,
The Fairways, and Pat Ely's Rocky Tops. In the early 80's he also
started recording local bands in Sligo including both Jargon and
Those Nervous Animals.
In 1983, Gerry and Kim returned to
the States once again and lived in Southern California. In 1990,
they relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and Gerry built his own 16 track studio and started working with a
variety of clients, doing most of his work in voiceover and
commercial videos. In 1994 Gerry added
video production to his business. In 2007, Gerry returned to
the Northwest and was reintroduced to Liam after first recording
him with Jargon 25 years earlier.