Terry & Gerry Serious Sam Barrett Cherry & Peesh
Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough.
After 27 years the Birmingham based cult skiffle cow-punk band Terry and Gerry have reformed for a tour in honour of their biggest fan, the late John Peel.
BBC disc jockey and avid fan 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.
Serious Sam Barrett is a roots/country/folk musician and the main support. Sam has played at the Westgarth for us before. You can read all about him here:
There's nothing contrived or forced about the music he makes. Everything has it's place. It's all very natural. Marc Riley Show (BBC Radio 6)
Serious Sam Barrett, from Addingham, splendid folk blues from the West Yorkshire hills Gideon Coe show.(BBC Radio 6)
Songs that rattle with the ghosts of Appalachian folk, and southern blues, yet sound emphatically English.
Old before his years country-folk fellow who mixes intricate John Fahey fingerpicking with confessional tales of dirty old Leeds-THE GUARDIAN (PICK OF THE WEEK)
“Yorkshirecana bluegrass brilliance from Serious Sam. He plays a mean 12 string resonator, mixing songs about his home county with traditional southern folk stompers. There’s authenticity, there’s soul - someone to get very excited about.”- ARTROCKER
(ARTROCKER MAGAZINE voted his first album NUMBER 27 in the top 100 albums of 2009 (not bad for a 500 limited pressing) http://artrocker.com/node/19662)
“Deliciously home-grown, this is a rewarding collection of songs that could well renew your faith in underground folk scenes. This stripped down and raw album is riddled with the gritty reality of this artist's Northern life and makes no apologies” ACOUSTIC MAGAZINE
“An endlessly playable delight from beginning to end”- VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE (USA)
Cherry & Peesh Punk n Poetry brought together arising from the solo original acoustic work of Peesh Logoz and the provocative burlesque, political poetry of Cherry B.