Big Gerry Bio
Before he was Legendary, "Big Gerry" Feher multi tasked at many different jobs. He worked as a maintenance man, he rented out cars at the airport, he cleaned windows and carpets, he drove buses and owned taxi cabs, but his first love was always music. In 1989 Gerry was living in Mammoth lakes Ca, a small town of a couple thousand residents on the eastern slope of California's Sierra Nevada mountains, playing guitar at old time country dances with the "Empty Pockets String Band ". Never for a moment considering the far-fetched possibility that he might one day make a living playing traditional music.
So was born the wild dream that eventually grew into Legendary Big Gerry and Mile and a Half High Music. Big Gerry bought his first dulcimer that year and with dedication bordering on obsession began his self taught odyssey to learn the dulcimer.
In April of 1995 Gerry went from his home in Mammoth Lakes to the place with the busiest sidewalks in the Eastern Sierra: Virginia City, Nevada. He went directly to the county commissioners to ask permission to play his dulcimer for passers-by, but there was one problem: no one in the office had ever heard of a hammered dulcimer. He was told he would probably need a business license. Unaware that he was about to invent for himself a new profession, Gerry carried his dulcimer into the public meeting and gave a demonstration. The perplexed county commissioners looked at one another and finally said, "Well, I don't have a problem with it," and Gerry got his license.
Immediately Gerry began work on his first album. Just before Memorial Day weekend of 1995, in the living room of a friend and with borrowed equipment, Gerry recorded eleven of his favorite tunes. Three days later, after a quick mix-down and mastering, "Short for His Weight", Gerry's first recording was complete in time for a Fourth of July shipment.
The summer of 1995 was an experiment to see if Gerry could actually make a living playing music. Gerry continued to play, and at the end of the summer was astonished to discover he'd earned $10,000 in ten weeks, ten dollars at a time!! He then realized he could, in fact, make a living at music.
In October of 1995, after a week of intense recording involving members of what is now the "Wild Mountain Tyme" band, Big Gerry released his second album entitled " Sierra Christmas." It was a collection of traditional Christmas tunes with a Celtic flavor Public reaction was enthusiastic enough that Gerry, now with his own recording equipment, immediately went to work on his third recording: "Large Furry Man with a Wee Cap." Released in early 1996, the album of Celtic, Old Tyme, and Civil War tunes became an instant success with traditional music fans from Reno to Los Angeles.
Soon he was making the rounds on the craft show circuit, performing and selling his music all over California, Nevada and Arizona. Before he knew what was happening, Big Gerry's dream had grown into an independent music label. He released "Big Celtic Buckskinner" his fourth recording in September of 1998, and public response was overwhelming!
In January of 1999, Big Gerry met Nicolas Buckmelter, a young flute and tin whistle player with a love of traditional music, and invited him to play on a new album. Buckmelter accepted the invitation, and his flute, whistle and piano work played a prominent role on "Mellow Big Fellow", Big Gerry's fifth album. Released in May of 1999, it featured the compositions of the legendary blind Irish harpist "Turlough O'Carolan". Currently, " Mellow Big Fellow" is Big Gerry's most popular recording!
In September of 2000, Big Gerry has finished his SIXTH ALBUM , "Pleasantly Plump Pirate", Music and Song of a Nautical Nature, a long-overdue album of great Celtic instrumentals and Sea Shanty songs.
A much requested CD of pub songs was next. "Drinks are on the House" is the 6th Cd and it is a hoot ! 70 minutes of traditional Irish, Scottish pub songs and even a couple from Australia round out this 'live recording' with laughs and jokes as well.
Big Gerry's newest labor of love, "Large and Laid Back" was released in summer of 2013, with great tunes like Beethoven's Ode to Joy, Scarborough Faire, Summertime, Auld Lang Syne and Simple Gifts to name a few plus 5 Big Gerry original tunes This CD is destined for greatness !
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