Gerry Cinnamon is an artist, that if you haven’t heard of before, you need to take a listen.
His Scottish-folk sound is bucking the trend of the current music industry – he doesn’t have an agent or a record label – and he is set for a huge 2019 following a successful 2018.
Even though he isn’t from Liverpool, he has a growing Merseyside following – and next month he will play the Liverpool Guild of Students.
He was born 220-miles away in Glasgow, a city many say is similar to our own.
His music and his working-class views is something that we can all relate to.
He’s a working class artist, who uses a guitar, a harmonica and a microphone – and then turns his live shows into an absolute party.
It makes perfect sense that he is so popular on Merseyside.
Those who know, know
The 33-year-old Glaswegian is not yet a household name but he has an ever-growing fanbase that in 2018 went up another level.
Music fans are finally catching up and realising how good he is.
Social media has been used as his platform to put his name out there – and it’s safe to say that he went viral.
He sings in a Scottish accent and was told that was the reason he wouldn’t be successful – the music experts were wrong.
In 2015, he supported John Power on tour. Only a year before he was playing at small venues that were only known about through social media and knowing who he was.
His 2018 TRNSMT Festival set was the moment that awakened a new set of fans. Over the summer small clips of his set would appear on timelines and his full set has over 1.1million views on YouTube.
His gigs are a complete sing-along. People know every word to his music – even his newer songs.
His way with words
Cinnamon has been brutally honest about why he is in the music industry – and that can be heard in his songs.
He said: “The only reason I’m in this game is because it’s full of impostors 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.”
And speaking to the BBC in December 2017, he said how he wants to offer advice for youngsters trying to get into the industry.
He said: “If you’re a wee guy or lassie and you’re writing tunes but you feel like you’re away to patch it, away to quit, just realise people do care.
“If you can tap into it and keep plugging away, just do what you do and believe in yourself then it can happen.
“As long as you write good tunes, that’s all that matters.”
Musicians in this city can easily relate to this as there are so many talented artists trying to breakthrough.
His loyal following
He has a loyal following, who seem to go and watch him everywhere and have been since he started performing.
At the end of November, he supported the Courteeners at the M&S Bank Arena, just hours after his own tour sold out.
The arena was full for him support and there was a huge Scottish presence at the gig.
Some people on the night were there just for him – with some even leaving once he finished.
He played a short set of six songs and had the Liverpool crowd wanting more – they will have to wait until March 23.
Just a couple of weeks ago, flights from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Amsterdam were full as fans travelled to the Dutch capital to see the Glaswegian perform.
The much anticipated Liverpool return
His Liverpool return is highly anticipated. Tickets sold out in minutes and there are no spare tickets in sight.
Those who missed out on the Amsterdam sale, which sold out quickly, were desperate to get tickets for his next Liverpool gig – luckily I was one of them.
Within a couple of hours of the sale in November, his gig at Birmingham was upgraded to a bigger venue due to the demand – Liverpool wasn’t.
A missed opportunity maybe giving his popularity in the city – and the fact his show falls on the international weekend.
It could have been considering his gig falls on the international weekend – and his songs have become so popular with both Everton and Liverpool fans.
The Blue half of Merseyside have created their own spin on “Belter” to words for an Andre Gomes song – and the Red half have a flag using the words from the same song with a picture of Jurgen Klopp with a similar design to Cinnamon’s Erratic Cinematic album cover.
His songs are also sung at Boss Night – with regular covers by Jamie Webster.
Where else to see him
It won’t be the last time he will perform in Liverpool, and almost certainly the next time will be at a bigger venue.
But until then if you want to see him live, he will be playing on many festival stages during the summer – including the Neighbourhood Weekender in Warrington.
He’s one not to miss.
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