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Just when you thought it was safe, after 27 years, those loveable indie chart-topping, cow-punk skiffle rogues Terry and Gerry are reforming, originally in honour of their biggest fan, the late John Peel, and as part of their 2015 tour will be coming to Portsmouth and playing in The Glasshouse at The Pyramids on Saturday 14th November.
“The bastard offspring of Lonnie Donegan, Buddy Holly and indeed Country Joe and the Fish, with a diploma from the Billy Bragg school of social politics, a healthy cynicism about fashion trends, and a heart with a bruise the size of a broken love affair, Terry Lilley and Gerry Colvin effervesced onto the scene, and for one brief shining moment (four years actually!), the future of music was a double bass, a battered guitar and a washboard!”
BBC disc jockey and avid devotee John Peel promoted the band when apparently, by chance, he picked out their demo 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 went on to record four critically acclaimed sessions for the John Peel show, and got a very fond mention in his autobiography.
In the mid 80’s, the four piece band released six singles and one album, “From Lubbock To Clintwood East”. Each went to Number 1 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 McGowan of 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 TV documentary by legendary film maker Normal Hull, which aired on British television in July 1986.
Eventually the band went their separate ways, with Gerry Colvin trying his luck as a professional songwriter in Nashville and then forming the much loved ColvinQuarmby, Terry Lilley studying for a higher national diploma in jazz studies (the only double bass player to do so!), Su Richardson trading her washboard to become director of an image education photographic company, and Mick Howson joining a 15 piece gypsy band!
Cherry Red Records precipitated a surge of renewed interest in the band when, in 2010, they released “Let’s Get The Hell Back To Lubbock”, the definitive Terry and Gerry compilation. From that point on, the individual members were constantly being bombarded with the same question - “When are Terry and Gerry going to reform?”.
The answer to that one is simple - on the John Peel Commemorative Tour 2015!
What The Critics Say:
“Terry and Gerry were one of England’s most exciting bands of the 80’s” (Craig Harris, AllMusic)
“Every symptom of brilliance” (NME)
“The plangent authority of an Elvis Costello” (Sunday Times)
“Gerry Colvin remains one of the country’s greatest undiscovered songwriters” (Mike Davies)
“It was a pleasure to put people like Terry and Gerry on the radio” (John Peel)
Physical tickets available from Pie & Vinyl, Castle Rd, Southsea or Southsea Gallery in Albert Rd, Southsea.