Terry & Gerry + Double Down
Terry and Gerry
It’s been almost three decades since skiffle/cow-punk act Terry & Gerry reached the peaks of the indie charts, filling a Lonnie Donegan inspired sound with the politics of the present, and receiving critical acclaim from the likes of John Peel and Shane McGowan. Following a “one off” reunion for a commemorative concert for Mr. Peel, Terry & Gerry (along with washboard wizard Su Richardson and second guitarist Mick Howson) are back with new music, and a new lease of life.
BBC disc jockey and avid fan John Peel promoted the band when apparently by chance he picked out their demonstration tape because his wife’s best friends were also known as Terry and Gerry. He thought the coincidence was too great to ignore! The band recorded four critically acclaimed sessions for the John Peel show and got a very fond mention in his autobiography.
In the mid-eighties the four piece band released six singles and one album. ‘From Lubbock to Clintwood East’: Each went to Number One in the indie charts. Reviewing their single on Radio One Morrissey declared ‘I love it!! Don’t know why!!’ The band toured extensively in the UK, Europe and America gathering fans from Joe Strummer of ‘The Clash’ to Shane MacGowan from ‘The Pogues’.
Terry and Gerry regularly appeared on radio and TV, including sessions for ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ and ‘The Tube’, they wrote numerous theme tunes for Central TV and were the subject of a 30 minute documentary by the legendary film maker Norman Hull, which aired on British Television in July 1986.
Still as energetic and vibrant as ever they continue to chronicle the lives of the people from the city they love, Birmingham
Support comes from Double Down. They’ve been away for nearly a year, but they’re still the same old punk-rock-accident waiting to happen. Make sure you arrive early to catch their set!
Doors 8 pm
£9 otd / £7 members