Hi all, I'm using the Cafe to pay tribute to one of its members and my very great friend Gerry Barry who unfortunately died very suddenly yesterday. I'm also hoping that Cafe members who know Gerry will pass the word around to his many friends in the Bluegrass Communities of the United States, The United Kingdom and of course his native country Ireland.
Gerry has been my friend for almost 40 years and has been there for me and my family through good and bad times. I know on the Cafe we tend to mainly talk about instruments and stars of the Bluegrass and other music scenes but I think its right that we acknowledge one of our own, one of the ordinary guys who lived for his music and his family and who took great pleasure in learning new tunes, listening to music and meeting new friends in all sorts of strange places through playing his mandolin. That's what music is to most of us after all.
He leaves behind his beloved wife Helen, his extended family and a host of friends who have all been blessed to have known him.
We'll all miss ya Gerry and hopefully they have mandolins in Heaven cos if they don't I know you're going to be really pi**ed off.