THIS week sees another amazing line-up of free gigs from Summer in the City, with superstar Jerry Fish headlining The Churchyard Sessions on Bailey’s New Street this Saturday July 6. Saturday’s ArtBeat gig has another top Irish act with the fantastic Jack O’Rourke taking the stage. Waterford is being treated to another great Saturday of music and family fun in the open air surrounded by the historic French Church.
Jerry Fish is a true superstar of Irish music. His swaggering vocal has been described as Tom Waits in a good mood, or Leonard Cohen doing Dean Martin. Smiles come aplenty and witty lyrics abound, but with songs this well-crafted they deserve more than a casual listen.
Throughout the 1990’s Jerry was the main creative force and front-man of An Emotional Fish, touring the globe and giving us the alt rock anthem ‘Celebrate’. Once he left the constraints of the four-piece rock however, he found a whole universe of music suddenly become a tangible and touchable prospect: New Orleans funk, Noir Soundtracks, Punk Latino, all manner of Odd Mondo Scenes and Broken Mambo Jive. His widely adored upbeat music includes the hit ‘True Friends’ and two platinum selling albums ‘Be Yourself’ and ‘The Beautiful Untrue’. Jerry is a consummate showman, and his Electric Circus is a highlight of Electric Picnic each year.
Jack O’Rourke is one of Ireland’s fastest rising stars, who recently performed a knockout set for RTE’s Other Voices. With his grizzled baritone and ethereal falsetto, Jack’s songs chronicle lost love, street lit avenues and open highways filled with possibility.
Also happening this Friday as part of Summer in the City is another fantastic ‘Big Event’ on July 5 in Waterford Viking Triangle with attractions including Crafter’s Corner, Street Performance, Speaker’s Corner, the Gigantic Colouring Book, free facepainting, bubble fun and loads more for all the family! In John Roberts Square, the magnificent 5-piece Rookie Thompson will be entertaining shoppers and revellers alike!
Summer in the City is funded by Waterford Council and Waterford Viking Triangle and supported by The Reg, The Munster Bar, Tully’s, Rapid Cabs and Waterford Cultural Quarter. With loads more info, announcements and details to come, keep and eye to FaceBook or the brand-new Summer in the City website, www.summerin.city. And don’t forget to pick up a copy of the Summer in the City brochure, available throughout the City! It’s going to be a great summer!