December 11th marked another milestone in the musical life of Gerry Quigley. It was the night which his newest band, Gerry Quigley & The Nomadic Druids made their debut stage appearance after recording their first album together.
From the first moment The Nomadic Druids arrived at Perth's iconic Charles Hotel and began their stage setup the atmosphere was electric - in anticipation of how the evening was about to unfold ... for a very good reason - tonight was about to be different, very different.
The Nomadic Druids is the dream of Gerry Quigley, a dream which is now very much a reality. A dream made possible by a fan and believer of Gerry's music, who financed the entire recording project. The resulting debut album has allowed Gerry to realise his potential as an instrumental progressive rock composer. An instrumental concept album, which tells a story through the music.
The night started with one of Perth's sought after folk bands The Gang of Three, which set a fun atmosphere and had everybody relaxed and ready to enjoy a truly magical evening.
Then without warning, all lights were dimmed and the projector screen rolled down in front of the stage to display a short video production. First, a special video message for Gerry which was filmed in Dublin, some two years earlier. We saw a touching message delivered to launch the band, by none other than long-time Quigley family friend Philomena Lynott, mother of Irish rock legend "Philo" Phil Lynott of 70's rock band Thin Lizzy. Philomena's speech was followed by a short movie animation courtesy of London-based eco-druid and movie-maker Celestial Elf.
The movie animation presented a druid legend from days of old known as "The Tree of Life" which was a fitting introduction to the live performance of the album titled "Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow". As the animation concluded and the music slowly began, the projector screen rolled up to reveal the dimmed stage beyond ... the stage lights brightened slowly and we finally got what we we'd all waiting for ... Gerry Quigley & The Nomadic Druids made their presence known and what a presence it was.
Gerry showed us his pure guitar wizardry like we've never seen before, as he demonstrated his array of instruments, the man behind this truly inspirational instrumental album showed everyone what he is more than capable of. Combined with Gerry's own pick of virtuoso musicians in the band, and the result was breathtaking ... Leroy Cleaver on drums felt every beat and knew instinctively what to do next ... Jon Pitulej shined on keyboards giving it all he had and John McNair worked his bass guitar magick.
Playing to a capacity crowd, Gerry Quigley & The Nomadic Druids left the crowd buzzing with excitement after witnessing one of the greatest instrumental performances of the year. We got to see it all right here in Perth for the very first time, how lucky are we?
The album Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow is available online from us here and is also available on iTunes.