Gerry Quigley And Th e No­madic Dr uids

Yes­ter­day, To­day & To­morr ow

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We like to bring you some­thing un­usual and also try to fea­ture al­bums sub­mit­ted by read­ers if ap­pro­pri­ate, and this in­stru­men­tal of­fer­ing sat­is­fies both cat­e­gories rather well. Gerry Quigley de­scribes this de­but al­bum as ‘In­stru­men­tal pro­gres­sive rock with a Celtic twist’ and we have to agree. Gerry switches ef­fort­lessly be­tween elec­tric, acous­tic and clas­si­cal gui­tars as well as man­dolin and a cu­ri­ous twin-necked man­dola/bouzouki (Pre­lude To To­mor­row) so there’s plenty of va­ri­ety here. ‘It’s a mu­si­cal story, a jour­ney’ he re­veals and in­deed it feels like a ride through space and time with that soar­ing gui­tar ris­ing above. Lot’s of moods here and Gerry has a unique feel which may be a hang over from early lessons from Thin Lizzy’s Eric Bell back in his home city of Dublin. He ex­pe­ri­enced a great deal of suc­cess in Ire­land with heavy rock out­fit Raw Deal but sub­se­quently left for Aus­tralia in 1983. Re­turn­ing to Ire­land in 2012 he put to­gether this band and we rather like the re­sult. the way he at­tacks the gui­tar is re­ally some­thing to be­hold. He has a very in­di­vid­ual style of play­ing in spite of be­ing in­flu­enced by the likes of Jimi Hen­drix, BB King and AC/DC. This 12-strong song of­fer­ing is packed with fan­tas­tic gui­tar work; licks, runs and so­los abound, but it’s his ex­pert use of ef­fects that gives Tognoni the edge. For in­stance, the in­stru­men­tal ti­tle track makes great use of wah-wah but all his tones are su­perb. All the tracks are self penned (apart from Ge­orge Har­ri­son’s Some­thing which gets a very dif­fer­ent treat­ment), while some, like Tsunami, sound more commercial. The band is a four-piece with Rob han­dling vo­cals and keys; the ma­te­rial is var­ied enough to cap­ture our in­ter­est while re­tain­ing the power. Well worth check­ing out.

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