Gerry is the percussionist with the band, playing cajon and drums. He is also the DJ, compere and ceilidh dance caller, and ensures that everyone knows exactly how to perform each dance with his relaxed, humorous style.
Gerry began his musical journey as a cornet player in the brass band world before joining the Highland Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland with whom he has performed all over the world on trumpet, euphonium and percussion.
While performing in the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in 2005, he developed an interest in the evocative sounds of world percussion, leading specifically to learning the cajon. Along with Gregor, Gerry began working on arrangements for ceilidh band which utilised the cajon – it was this project that led to Shimmy Grand being formed in 2011.
A Design and Technology teacher by day, Gerry designs and manufactures the Cajons he plays himself, fine tuning the sound with the type of wood used in each one.