The word ‘unique’ is bandied around a little too freely in music circles, but that’s the only way to describe Jerry Fish’s genre-bending style.
A highly-charismatic performer who refuses to countenance audiences having anything but a good time Jerry is one of Ireland’s most enigmatic songwriters and performers with a career spanning two decades.
He swaggers in a way that suggests he needs a Hollywood agent. Imagine the Fun Lovin’ Criminals bumping into Tom Waits in an obscure jazz bar somewhere in Mexico and you’re still not close. In the spring of this year Jerry Fish recruited producer Gavin Glass and a skeleton crew of rogue musicians to re-record the iconic song ‘Celebrate’ from his Emotional Fish days to raise money for the Barretstown children’s charity. He lists his influences as “beat poetry, dog, bone and sailor stories, Tom Waits, Dean Martin, Dr John, Jacques Brel, Ray Charles, One Mint Julep, Mingus and Ellington”. He ticks all those eclectic boxes and describes his sound as “indie lounge lizard schmooze, mariachi swampadelica”.
Jerry Fish is the alter ego of singer Gerard Whelan who through the 1990s was the main creative force behind An Emotional Fish, the Irish rock band who released one of the most successful debut Irish albums ever. Today this lounge lizard raises the cool in any room he performs in without breaking a sweat.
Jerry Fish features at the Source Arts Centre on Saturday, December 1st (8pm). It will be an unforgettable night, mark it in the diary!
Tickets are priced at only E18 (concession E15). Call the box office now on 0504 90204 and book your seats today or alternatively visit www.thesourceartscentre.ie.