'a sublime album of fiddle tunes' - The Irish Times
‘the best Irish album
of 2004’ - irishmusicreview.com
'dazzling medley of reels, jigs, highlands and
- Belfast Telegraph
"Sparkling" " Immaculate" and with "Dazzling Ability" were words used recently by the national Press
to describe the music of Gerry O'Connor, one of Ireland's most outstanding fiddle players. His family has played fiddle for
at least four generations and Gerry is able to draw on this wealth of music learned from his mother Rose O'Connor and also from
hand-written manuscripts passed down through the family.
Later he came under the influence of Joe Gardiner the great
Sligo fiddle player, who lived in Dundalk for many years. Gerry breathes new life and intensity into many long forgotten tunes from
his home area in the North East of Ireland. His unique personal style and splendidly fluid bow-hand combined with technical
virtuosity have brought him to concert stages throughout the world and have earned him international renown. He is a founding
member of the band Skylark and recorded four albums with this highly respected band that had toured Europe for 10 years. The
Brighid's Kiss album of his own band La Lúgh was voted album of the year 1996.
October 2004 saw the release
of his album entitled 'Journeyman' which traces Gerry's musical development and experiences as a skilled performer in
the traditional art of fiddle playing. Each of the twelve carefully crafted tracks celebrate the rich musical heritage of the great
master musicians of the last century.