Cathal Johnson (Harmonica)
Gerry Harrington (Fiddle)
St. Nicholas Church / Thurs 14 June at 7.30pm / Admission €15
Free historical Tour of Church included
Cathal Johnson biography and origins are Irish born and based today in Galway City, The Forge Arts Centre, New Road, Galway, Ireland. He grew up playing various music genres on guitar and harmonica adding accordion and melodeon later. Recognised by Hohner Harmonica manufacturers in Germany as ‘Service Harmonica Repair for All Ireland.’ Cathal studied as a harmonica technician with harmonica guru Brendan Power (www.brendanpower.com). In 2010, Cathal attained a degree in Applied Music specialising in Harmonica Solo Performance at DkIT in Dundalk, Co. Louth in Ireland. He specialised in solo performance playing Irish Traditional Dance Music on diatonic and chromatic harmonicas. As a musician Cathal plays and sings music with the harmonica rack with guitar and also plays melodeon and accordion.
Gerry Harrington grew up in Kenmare Co. Kerry in beautiful surroundings and scenery. At an early age Gerry was very interested in music which was influenced by the landscape and the wonderful musicians of the day. Since then Gerry has recorded seven albums and has taught Irish Traditional Fiddle playing and the history that goes with it in many countries and all over Ireland and provides music for private gatherings, weddings and funerals.
All of Gerry Harringtons recorded albums are based on researching the old traditional tunes and bringing them to a new time. Gerry is skilled in performance, teaching, recording, mixing, production, and has a great interest in nature photography. He has also has performed and taught music in many countries, including the US, Alaska, France, Finland, Holland and has had students from Japan come to his home for tuition.
Gerry Harrington is very passionate about passing on the Traditional music, with feeling and emotion to a new generation with the skills he has learned in his association with many musicians he has encountered on his musical journey. “My greatest pleasure in life is bringing enjoyment to people through my music, teaching fiddle, taking long walks with my dog while taking photos of this wonderful country we live in and it also very much inspires me in my music.”