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Gerry Ffrench at Forest Folk Club

A wonderful performer, writer and recording artist of rich contemporary folk music
15th March 2020


One of the best singer songwriters that the Northwest has to offer, Gerry’s Liverpool/Irish roots make her a wonderful performer, writer and recording artist of rich contemporary folk music. Her song writing has evolved over the years, influenced initially by the music that her Irish Father – who was a Cunard Yank – brought home from America during her childhood. Rock and Roll and Country and Western made up the musical diet at home, together with the Irish folk songs that her Irish Grandmother used to sing. These different but connected genres made an engagement with the Folk Revival a natural progression for her.

With their strong local flavour, Gerry’s own songs make many references to Liverpool’s maritime history while their style is firmly rooted in traditional folk and shanty. Now she is embarked on a mission to record and celebrate a way of life which has all but disappeared from Liverpool – and every other major seaport. The hard lives of the women left behind when the sailors went off to sea have never been given a voice in the same way that the lives of their husbands and sons were, in traditional Shanty. Songs such as The Other Maggie May, When The Wind Blows Up From The Mersey and of course Cunard Yanks do just that, being written from the point of view of the wives and the families left behind. 

Doors open at 7.30 for 8.00pm start. Admission £7 on the door.


  • Music


The Orepool Inn
Chepstow Road
GL16 8LH
01594 833833

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  • Coleford


The Orepool Inn

Our bar and restaurant have been tastefully decorated in a relaxed modern style with a comfortable seating area. We have an extensive range of food from snacks to evening meals.

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