Irish American Country Music Artist Jerry Hanlon presents an outstanding collection of 16 old and new Irish songs for your enjoyment. There is something here for everyone, a couple of songs that fit the Irish pub scene as well as numerous Irish Ballads and Country Ballads. The Irish mood is set in the title track "An Ireland Dream" and follows through with the heartbreaking ballad "Noreen Bawn". The rollicking "The Ratcatchers Cat" is written and performed here by Irish singer Terry Maher from Wales and is a highlight of the CD. "We're The Lucky Irish" is a "sing-a-long" song that fits the Irish festival scene or for a "Guinness" glass raised in song by jovial Irish gents and ladies. "The Calling Home", written by Jerry Hanlon has become a classic song in Ireland and Australia as well as America and reflects on the inner calling of those of Irish descent who have the "Calling" to go home or to visit Ireland. A truly great song! This is one Irish CD that will be a valued part of your collection of music and reflects both the Irish and American Country singing roots of the artist, Jerry Hanlon.
JERRY HANLON - AN IRISH BIOGRAPHY
In September of 1962, it was a special occasion for JERRY HANLON, when, as a young, aspiring entertainer, he stepped for the first time into the spotlight at the famed GRAND OLE OPRY in Nashville, Tennessee and performed his first recorded song "Boy With A Future". Released in a hit album (Midnight Jamboree) by his mentor, the late ERNEST TUBB, the song fast became known around the world to Country Music Fans and the Radio Media.
Of Irish heritage, JERRY HANLON spent his early life in the rural country farmlands near Kickapoo, in Illinois, which had been settled and occupied by his Great Grandfather who immigrated to America in the early 1800's.
After many years of recording and performing throughout America, the song "Boy With A Future" surfaced in Northern Ireland in 1986 when the Irish recording artist, Jackie Nelson, recorded it. Encouraged by an Irish DJ friend, Gerry Donaghy, Jerry joined Jackie on his first personal appearance tour to Northern Ireland in April, 1987, thus beginning a series of over 15 subsequent tours to Ireland where he has appeared at a variety of venues and several of the major festivals.
Jerry has worked with most of the Northern Irish Country Entertainers and has been instrumental in assisting several of them in their continued recording and performing careers, being recognized most recently as a duet partner with the long time popular Irish Artist - Tracy Wells.
Jerry's humanitarian efforts have been noted in his charity appearances for many of the handicapped children in N. Ireland * and he considers it a privilege to carry the title of Honorary President of the Banbridge, N. Ireland Gateway Center for the Handicapped.
"THE CALLING" is an Irish song penned by Jerry Hanlon in tribute to his Great Grandfather. The song has become well known throughout Ireland and has been recorded by several Irish artists, including Shawn Cuddy, Finbarr Harte, Sean Michael, Coner McKay, Tracy Wells, and the Australian artist, Slim Dusty. Another of Jerry's songs "Words Great Grandpa Said" has become a favorite on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as "Waltzing Through lreland" which Jerry wrote in collaboration with Irish songwriter, Eddie Grew.
Trevor Smyth Productions of Ballymoney, N. Ireland have produced two recent CD's of Jerry Hanlon. "If The Good Lord Is Willing" (a superb album of religious songs) and "Livin' On Dreams", a full country CD which also includes some Irish recordings. Both of these CD's can be found in the shops in N. Ireland or obtained through TSP Productions and Music Box Records in Ballymoney.
In addition to his frequent tours to N. Ireland, Jerry Hanlon has become increasingly popular with his brand of Irish Country and American Country Music in Irish/American venues in Chicago and other Irish Centers in America including a variety of Irish Festivals held annually in Chicago, Cleveland, Ohio and Pennsylvania, among others.
IRISH AND AMERICAN COUNTRY ARTIST
MAJOR PERFORMING CREDITS
Grand Ole Opry - NashvilleTennessee (guest artist)
Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree Radio Show - Nashville, Tennessee
15 European Tours - Ireland/N. Ireland and Scandinavia
Ralph Emery Morning TV Show - Nashville, Tennessee
General Jackson Showboat - Nashville, Tennessee
Johnny High Country Music Revue * Fort Worth, Texas
Jerry Hanlon's Midwest Playboys Showband (U.S.)
Ullerup Market Festival - Copenhagen, Denmark
North Counties Country Music Festival - Portrush, N. lreland. (1989)
International Country Music Festival - Newcastle, N. lreland . (1990)
Country Rock Cafe - Copenhagen, Denmark
Chicago Irish Festival - Chicago, Illinois
Appalachian Jubilee - Orrstown, Pennsylvania
Ohio Irish Festival - Cleveland, Ohio
Riverfront Centre Irish Festival - Cuyohoga Falls, Ohio
Almost Ireland Festival - Pottsville, Pennsylvania
MEMBERSHIPS AND AWARDS
Golden Eagle Award - Country Music Assns. Of America -Album Of Year (1994)
Country Music Associations of America (CMAA)
Country Music Association - Nashville, Tennessee (CMA)- 40 year member
American Federation Of Musicians - Local 26 - Peoria, Illinois
British Country Music Association - London, England
European Country Music Association * Spain
Danish Country Music Organization - Denmark
Danish Country DJ Association - Denmark
Nordic Country Music Organization - Sweden
Reunion Of Professional Entertainers (ROPE) Nashville, Tennessee
Veteran - United States AIR FORCE
Loyal Order Of Moose - U.S.A. - Member
American Legion - U.S.A. - Member
United States Air Force * Outstanding Airman Award
American Red Cross - Special Performance Award
D.A.R.E. of the United States * Special Performance Award
Pensioners Organization - N. Ireland - Performance Award
Doreen Downing Memorial - N. Ireland - Performance Award
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1. An Ireland Dream
2. Noreen Bawn
3. That Little Irish Church
4. An Emigrant's Dream
5. If We Only Had Old Ireland Over Here
6. My Donegal Shore
7. The Ratcatchers Cat
8. The Auld House
9. Noreen Delaney
10. We're The Lucky Irish
12. The Calling (home)
13. Long Ago, Kathleen
14. Waltzing Through Ireland
15. Sister's Lament
16. On and On