I love a lot of things about Dublin, but most of all I love being a musician here. Ever since I moved to the Emerald Isle, I began exploring its musical landscape and found myself busking, gigging and attending all sorts of events. It’s wonderful to know that anywhere you may find yourself, you could witness a great musical performance. Such was the case last week, when I attended a Songwriting & Music Production Masterclass held by Gerry Leonard at the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) HQ in Dublin.
Gerry Leonard is a Dublin-born guitar player, songwriter and producer, known for his collaboration with many international artists, such as David Bowie, Suzanne Vega and Rufus Wainwright. The minute he walked into the room, he started playing two original pieces from his solo project called Spooky Ghost and after that he talked about his songwriting style, as well as his current and past projects.
Obviously, a lot of people in the room were eager for him to talk about David Bowie. One of the highlights of Gerry’s career was his role as musical director and guitar player for Bowie’s last year long “Reality” world tour and DVD (2003-2004). He was featured on his previous two records, “Heathen” (2001) and “Reality” (2003) and the subsequent tours, but he played a major role in Bowie’s second to last release titled “The Next Day” (2013), having co-written two songs with David for the album.
Gerry shared a couple of stories, one about the time when Bowie visited upstate New York (same area where Gerry resides) one summer with his family and he invited him over for coffee – assuming he didn’t have anyone to hang around with – and they ended up writing songs together, while the second story was from the “Reality” tour, when they played an acoustic version of “Loving the Alien” at Carnegie Hall.
Alright, I won’t go into anymore details, because I don’t want to spoil the fun of watching the video. Oh, and I almost forgot – I also got the chance to have a one-to-one short interview with Gerry. Enjoy and subscribe! 😀
Here’s the live version they played of “Loving the Alien”
Gerry also performed at the Brit Awards Tribute to David in February 2016.