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Gerry Cinnamon

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Gerry Cinnamon Biography

Gerard Crosbie, professionally known as Gerry Cinnamon, is a Scottish singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist. He sings in his local accent with "brutally honest" lyrics.Career Early life and bands Crosbie was raised in 'The Valley', a residential area of the Castlemilk district of Glasgow. He has stated that as a child he listened to his mother's music cassettes including albums by The Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel and The Beatles. He has also stated that he was a fan of Oasis, as well as The La's. He also has a particular admiration for the work of Bob Dylan. Having experienced problems in the local area and in school as a young teenager, he spent some time living in Lond...
Gerard Crosbie, professionally known as Gerry Cinnamon, is a Scottish singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist. He sings in his local accent with "brutally honest" lyrics.

Career

Early life and bands

Crosbie was raised in 'The Valley', a residential area of the Castlemilk district of Glasgow. He has stated that as a child he listened to his mother's music cassettes including albums by The Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel and The Beatles. He has also stated that he was a fan of Oasis, as well as The La's. He also has a particular admiration for the work of Bob Dylan.

Having experienced problems in the local area and in school as a young teenager, he spent some time living in London with the father of a friend; finding himself with little to do "apart from watch cricket or play guitar", he became proficient in the instrument (as well as the harmonica). On returning to Scotland he began writing songs, with his growing interest in creating and performing music proving a distraction in his attempts to hold down jobs in various industries over several years.

While performing a solo gig at a college he met aspiring producer Chris Marshall, a neighbour from Castlemilk. They began collaborating on a casual basis with Marshall arranging the songs and Crosbie the lyricist, and eventually formed a lo-fi band, The Cinnamons, along with Lori Duncan, Dave Bass and Gav Hunter; with Gerry as frontman, they released a five-song EP in 2010. Crosbie subsequently adopted the Cinnamon name as a solo performer and his later catalogue contains some compositions from the era, such as Sometimes.

An open mic night in a bar on Sauchiehall Street in central Glasgow gave him an opportunity to perform his songs, and the event became increasingly popular.

Rise in popularity and live shows

In 2014, having sold-out gigs at small venues purely through word of mouth and social media, he was invited to write and perform a song at a rally event in George Square ahead of the referendum on Scottish independence. The song, Hope Over Fear, which was released as a single, introduced him to a wider audience – however he has stated that he had no desire to become a figurehead for the Yes campaign.

In summer 2015, Cinnamon supported John Power on tour, released another single, Kampfire Vampire, and performed to a large crowd on the T-Break Stage at T in the Park, fulfilling a long-held ambition to play at the festival.

In July 2016 he again performed at T in the Park, this time at the 'King Tut's Wah Wah Tent' stage as he had hoped to do a year earlier. Despite having one of the traditionally least popular time slots across the weekend (2pm on Friday), his performance was again well-attended. In October he was announced as 'Best Live Act' at the 2016 Scottish Alternative Music Awards.

In November, without being signed to a record label, he headlined a sold-out show at Glasgow's O2 ABC Glasgow, the promotion of which had consisted of a single message on his Facebook profile; he later admitted he was so disorganised that he had not even prepared a set list for the performance. In December, he supported Ocean Colour Scene in their show at the SSE Hydro.

2018: Touring

The early months of 2018 were dominated by a sold-out Scottish tour, followed by several dates across Britain and Ireland, with the vast majority of the tickets once more sold out well in advance and some gigs moved to higher capacity venues due to the demand. During one performance in Inverness, he briefly stopped playing to confront a member of the audience who had thrown a drink onto the stage.

On 28 June 2018, two days before the event, the organisers of TRNSMT announced that Cinnamon's performance at the festival had been moved to a later, higher profile time slot (benefitting from J Hus's cancellation). He was also booked to play at the RiZE Festival (the replacement of the long-running V Festival) and the Tartan Heart Festival (Belladrum) during August 2018.

A further four gigs were announced for the coming December in Glasgow, including on Christmas Eve; those also sold out almost instantly, leaving unlucky fans frustrated. Some complained to Cinnamon via social media about the prices of tickets available on resale sites, leading him to respond publicly "If you think I want some corporate goon reselling my ticks for 10x the asking price you've lost it. If you think I'm somehow involved or can stop it when the biggest bands in the world can't do anything about it then you're misinformed at best". Further December 2018 shows in Dundee, Aberdeen and Kilmarnock were later announced which again sold out in seconds.[citation needed]

Following a run of arena shows supporting The Courteeners, Gerry announced his own England and Ireland tour. Tickets for the tour again sold out within seconds leading to the addition of extra dates and upgraded venues.

2019

Cinnamon headlined a stage at Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2018/19 street party. In January 2019 he played two gigs in Amsterdam. In February, he was announced as one of the Friday main stage performers at the forthcoming TRNSMT event in July, and was also added to the bill for several other festivals in the summer season including Benicàssim, Isle of Wight, Kendal Calling, Y Not and Glastonbury Festival.

On 7 May 2019, it was announced that Cinnamon would support Liam Gallagher at his gig at Irish Independent Park in Cork on 23 June 2019.

On 12 July, it was announced that he would be performing at the new P&J Live venue in Aberdeen on Saturday 23 November, which subsequently broke the record for highest attendance at a Scottish indoor event at 15,000 attendees, and two shows at the SSE Hydro in his hometown of Glasgow on Friday 20 December. The arena tour was further extended throughout venues in England and Ireland with all 125,000 tickets selling out in advance.

In December, Cinnamon supported Liam Gallagher during his Australian tour.

2020

In November 2019 Cinnamon announced via a Twitter post that his second album named The Bonny would be released on 17 April 2020 on his own label Little Runaway. Alongside the album announcement, Cinnamon revealed that he will play the biggest show of his career at the 50,000+ capacity Hampden Park, becoming the first Scottish act to headline the national stadium. Tickets went on sale on 15 November 2019 and were sold out within hours.

On 11 February 2020, it was announced that Gerry Cinnamon would perform the penultimate slot at Reading and Leeds festival in August 2020; the festivals were later cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gerry Cinnamon's second studio album, The Bonny, released on 17 April 2020 debuted at number one on the UK and Irish Albums Charts. The album was also the fastest-selling vinyl of the year and the third biggest-selling UK album released in 2020.

Cinnamon was scheduled to tour the United States for the first time as special guest of the Dropkick Murphys and Rancid in May 2020, pending the status of the COVID-19 outbreak there.

On 21 May 2020, Cinnamon announced that due to the coronavirus pandemic, he had moved the dates for his UK and Ireland tour to May and June 2021.

Views on the music industry

He has encouraged aspiring artists to believe in themselves despite a lack of expensive backing, and expressed a scathing distaste for the nature of music industry marketing and excessive hyping of inferior quality artists, stating in 2016:

"The only reason I'm in this game is because it's full of imposters ruining music and my very existence annoys them and it pleases me. If you're a working class musician hearing this or reading it and you respect the art of song writing more than the art of pretending then you have a responsibility to get involved. There's a war on for real music and if you're sound and can write decent tunes then you're on the front line whether you like it or not."

Other certified songs

Title Year Certifications Album
"What Have You Done" 2017
  • BPI: Silver
Erratic Cinematic
"Lullaby"
  • BPI: Silver
"Diamonds In The Mud"
  • BPI: Silver



Source : Wikipedia
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Gerry Cinnamon Discography

  • 2015SingleKampfire Vampire
  • 2017AlbumErratic Cinematic
  • 2019AlbumCanter
  • 2019SingleDark Days
  • 2019SingleSun Queen
  • 2020AlbumThe Bonny
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