Roll up! roll up! Jerry Fish’s majestic, magnificent and at moments macabre “Electric Sideshow” delivers all manner of musical delights and wonders. The wild show features everything from circus performers to one of the most lively and engaging artists in Ireland right now. A ringmaster of exceptional renown, Fish has evolved into a showman extraordinaire, not to be missed.” ~ Hot Press Magazine
Jerry Fish is currently touring two unique live shows “The Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow” and an intimate, stripped down, theatre style show “The Songs & Tall Tales of Jerry Fish” Biographies below…
“The Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow”
There’s a tendency for the word ‘unique’ to be bandied around a little too freely in music circles, but that is the only way to describe Jerry Fish’s genre bending style.
A highly charismatic performer who refuses to countenance audiences having anything but a good time.
Jerry Fish is a carny soul, one who has spent much of his life on the road, a shape-shifter, showman, shaman, songster, rock peacock and supper club crooner from Lynchville, a constantly evolving artist who has always favoured innovation over orthodoxy.
Jerry’s music has previously been described as “Lounge Lizard Schmooze” and “Punk Latino” and his latest releases ‘Barefoot $ Free’ + ‘Early to Bed’ feat. Dana Colley (Morphine) have been compared to The Cramps, The Stooges and John Spencer Blues Explosion.
“I have formed a brand new collective of artists and musicians for my live show” ~ “We have recently recorded sessions with Rarely Seen Above Ground who will also be joining forces with us at our future live shows.”
So, now in cahoots with drummer Jeremy Hickey aka R.S.A.G. with a new sound and music collective Jerry Fish’s love of carnival street theatre has bore fruit in the shape of “The Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow.”
“The Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow” was launched at Ireland’s premier music and arts festival The Electric Picnic in 2013 and was deemed by many to be the highlight of the festival. Consequentely The Electric Sideshow returned to the picnic in 2014 and 2015 to a new even bigger arena, achieving even greater success. The Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow is confirmed to return to Electric Picnic in 2016.
The Jerry Fish live experience dissolves all boundaries between performer and audience.
Jerry Fish’s antecedents are not stadium rock bands but burlesque artists, circus acts, carny barkers, travelling players, showfolk all.
“Someone told me that during carnivale you could to give a two fingered salute to the king and get to keep your head,” Jerry said some years ago. “The powers that be knew they had to give people some sort of release from the daily grind. It was an anarchist’s holiday, a time where you could be whomsoever you wanted to be, even it it was just for the day. May there forever be carnivale.”
“The Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow” is on the road.
So… if you are looking for entertainment of the something completely different variety.
“The Songs & Tall Tales of Jerry Fish”
There’s a tendency for the word ‘unique’ to be bandied around a little too freely in music circles, but that’s the only way to describe Jerry Fish’s genre bending style. A highly charismatic performer who refuses to countenance audiences having anything but a good time. Jerry routinely fills the country’s biggest venues with his travelling musical medicine shows, his swaggering vocal, generous and infectious smile and that fantastic vaudeville moustache.
Jerry Fish has spent much of his life on the road, a constantly evolving artist who has always favoured innovation over orthodoxy.
Throughout the 1990’s he was the main creative force and front-man of the alternative rock band An Emotional Fish, touring the globe and giving us the alt rock anthem ‘Celebrate’. Once he left the constraints of the four piece rock format however, he found a whole universe of music suddenly become a tangible and touchable prospect: New Orleans funk, Noir Soundtracks, Punk Latino, all manner of Odd Mondo Scenes and Broken Mambo Jive. His widely adored upbeat music includes the hit ‘True Friends’ and two platinum selling albums ‘Be Yourself’ and ‘The Beautiful Untrue’.
The Jerry Fish live experience dissolves all boundaries between performer and audience, transforming sedate tux ‘n’ frock audiences into Roman galley slaves rowing their way through ‘The Hole In the Boat’, or ballroom-of-romancers slow-dancing to ‘Back To Before’, or swampy block parties gyrating to bacchanalian classics like ‘Celebrate’.
Jerry’s aforementioned swaggering vocal has been described as Tom Waits in a good mood, or Leonard Cohen doing Dean Martin. Smiles come aplenty and witty lyrics are definitely Mr. Fish’s currency of choice, but Jerry’s songs have been so well crafted that they deserve more than a casual, amused listen.
‘The Songs & Tall Tales of Jerry Fish’ is an intimate, stripped-down, theatre style show in which Jerry performs his favourite songs from a career spanning over two decades.
Motorcycle Photos by Celine O’Sullivan.
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