Gerry living the dream in T Break
Overwhelmed by festival crowd
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.