Gerry liv­ing the dream in T Break

Over­whelmed by fes­ti­val crowd

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations - Jonathan Ged­des

A Castlemilk singer­song­writer has achieved a ca­reer dream by play­ing T In The Park.

Gerry Cin­na­mon took to the T Break stage last Sun­day as the mas­sive mu­sic fes­ti­val rolled into Stra­hal­lan Castle for the first time.

And Gerry, who used to stay in the Val­ley, was over the moon at net­ting his op­por­tu­nity, es­pe­cially as a large crowd came out to see his af­ter­noon set.

He told the Re­former: “I don’t think it could have went any bet­ter, to be hon­est.

“The sound was amaz­ing and the at­mos­phere was elec­tric.

“The tent was packed, back to front and side to side, so I loved ev­ery minute of it. If I could do it again right now I would.”

The fes­ti­val slot con­tin­ued the hard- hit­ting singer’s re­cent hot streak, which has seen him re­lease his ‘Kamp­fire Vam­pire’ sin­gle, head­line King Tut’s Wa Wah Hut and play in front of thou­sands of peo­ple at Ge­orge Square dur­ing the in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum.

But his T slot, which saw the T Break stage tent rammed to ca­pac­ity, will be up there as one of his best mo­ments.

He added: “Be­fore I went on I thought I would have a heart at­tack.

“I think the stage man­ager came over and told me to go out and smash it. I marched out and ended up on my knees with my head in my hands.

“Hear­ing so many peo­ple chant your name gets the adren­a­line pump­ing big time. The gigs are usu­ally jump­ing but this was on another level. It was com­plete may­hem.”

The singer’s bru­tally hon­est lyrics were heav­ily inspired by his back­ground in Castlemilk.

He said: “It’s a crazy wee place that has seen a lot of things go down for such a small area. It’s a place that can make or break you.

“There’s no short­age of sto­ries to draw in­spi­ra­tion from. It’s a lot qui­eter now. That can only be a good thing.

“Castlemilk is dif­fi­cult to ex­plain to any­one who’s not from there. For years it was so di­vided by gang fight­ing but it’s changed big time. There’s a gen­uine sense of com­mu­nity there that I never thought I would ever see.

“The sup­port I’ve had per­son­ally from folk all over Castlemilk and be­yond has been amaz­ing and very hum­bling.

“The youth street team and the Youth Com­plex have done some amaz­ing work for years and now Castlemilk Against Aus­ter­ity are step­ping up to the plate and en­gag­ing peo­ple with im­por­tant is­sues that af­fect us all.”

Gerry is not rest­ing on his heels ei­ther. As well as another Scot­tish tour, he is plan­ning to record an al­bum us­ing the Pledgemu­sic ini­tia­tive.

He said: “I think we’ll reach the tar­get no prob­lem. It ends in a few weeks then I’ll go into the stu­dio and try record all the songs and pick the best ones.

“I prom­ise the al­bum will be a belter.”

More in­for­ma­tion on Gerry’s mu­sic can be found through his Face­book page or www. pledgemu­sic. com/ artists/ger­rycin­na­mon.

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