Monday, December 19, 2005

Gerry O'Kane

I've been trying to track down Gerry O'Kane. He's the wonderful voice you can hear on the soundtrack if you click the play button in my banner.

He used to perform at the Wellington in Kingston, Ontario -- but I have lost track of him. Many Google searches and directory queries have turned up nothing.

If anyone knows his whereabouts, please drop me a line.

I'd like to fill him in on the progress of the film.

*** UPDATE *** I have an MP3 of Gerry singing live at the Welli' -- not very good quality, but you can check it out here.

21 Comments:

Blogger Mel, Max & Pippi said...

Don't know where he is at but I came across your sight because I started wondering whatever happened to my Gerry O'Kane tape and then whether it was ever transferred to CD. Thanks for the sound byte. It brought back lots of memories.

11:38 AM  
Blogger braxtozene said...

I just heard Stan Roger's rendition of Barrett's Privateers, and it reminded me of those long gone drunken nights at the Wellington. It made me wonder what I'd find on Jerry O'Kane on the internet and whether I'd be able to buy any of his music. Your post is the first hit on google, so I'm guessing probably not.

I might still have a copied cassette of his music somewhere, but even if I do, I don't even have anywhere to play a CD anymore, let alone a cassette. I'll see about converting it to CD and then ripping it to mp3. I'll post back here if I do.

"I wish I was in Sherbrooke Now!"

7:37 PM  
Blogger skiboo2 said...

I got nostalic yesterday (St. Pat's) when I thought of all the times I had spent March 17th with Gerry O'Kane... first at The Toucan, then at The Brew Pub, and finally at his own place The Wellington. I was a highland dancer and he would often let us perform with pipers between his sets for free beer. The Irish Ballad was one of my favourites and he would often play it for me when I came in. I spent the better part of 8 years listening to Gerry and would love to find him again. I too have a tape somewhere that I can't find... I miss those nights...

And there was Brown
Upside Down
Lapping up the whiskey from the floor!

11:06 PM  
Blogger jasonpaterson said...

I used to go down to the Welly every Friday and watch Gerry. I did that for about six months, and really enjoyed it. I got to know Gerry a little personally - and last I heard he went back to Ireland to be with some family after the Wellington was sold (and became the Scherzo Pub). I do miss that ol' Finnegan's Wake and Barrett's Privateers... so if anyone has the tape or CD and can point me to some MP3's, I'd be very appreciative.

10:08 PM  
Blogger burlingtony said...

I went to Queen's 1n 1995/96 and the nights at the Wellington were great. Gerry was fun to watch and everyone had a fun night. I would love to get a hold of that tape agian and try to get some MP3's made from it. let me know if anyone has any luck.

Cheers,
Tony

8:46 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

any luck finding gerry okane or his music? I see you have his tape... what can i do to get a copy via mp3... i'm no pirate if you can help me find gerry I'll gladly pay him for his music...

2:18 AM  
Blogger madeincanada said...

How can a guy with such a mini cult following go missing all of a sudden? It's unfortunate that he's not aware of the amount of people just from the "Welly" that love his stuff. He's missin out on some money makin that's for sure! I have tried soooo many times to find his music and can't, yet I continue to look, he was awesome! I've been to Irish pubs in Toronto, Thunder Bay, and Winnipeg: NONE of them compare to the true Irish pub"esque" of the Welly, what a great bar!

5:03 PM  
Blogger Thorny said...

Still no luck finding Gerry.

The audio clip that plays on my banner is a track Gerry recorded for me in a Kingston studio -- to be used in the film I'm making.

Before doing the digital master, he had recorded 7 different takes of the Irish Ballad on a cassette.

The cassette he used was not blank -- and I was thrilled to hear that both sides had live recordings of evenings at the Welli'. It's a fantastic bit of nostalgia for those who were there during those years.

The crowd is drunk and singing along -- it's fantastic.

I'm in the process of converting the cassette to mp3s. Check back here later for updates.

... and it's no, nay, never ...
... RIGHT UP YER KILT!
... no nay never, no more ...
... I'll play the wild rover ..
... no never, no more.

11:24 AM  
Blogger McGruff said...

Oh, How I wish we could see Gerry again.....The nights stumbling out of the Wellington after a good night of Irish singing and drinking! AHHH How I wish I could hear Gerry play Finnegan's wake one more time. I have been to many an Irish bar in my travels but nothing compares to those nights at the Welly with Gerry!

Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

Right up Your Kilt!
McGruff

10:41 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

If I recall correctly, Gerry O'Kane co-owned Wellingtons, but the other owner passed away in the late nineties. He was the father of a friend of mine. After that, I believe O'Kane closed Wellingtons, and I don't know what happened to him since.

I did, however, pick up a CD from one of his performances in pretty good quality with 11 tracks.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Sonya said...

Gerry ended up in Massachusetts, I believe. He owned property in the Thousand Islands, but his ex-wife was in Boston and he had issues he had to resolve with her and his kids there. I wish him the best.

8:21 PM  
Blogger CreamTangerine said...

Mark, I've emailed you 14 pretty good quality tracks of Gerry's for pick up in dropload. I didn't know if you'd had a chance to check your email or not.

Ruth
ruthannefreeborn@gmail.com

9:48 PM  
Blogger sunsetrock said...

I spent countless friday and saturday nights at the Welly while I was student. I took my father there when he came over from England for my graduation and he had a blast! Thanks for the blogspot - it brings back so many great memories!
Right up yer kilt!

3:41 PM  
Blogger William said...

Anyone know where i can get a copy of Gerry's CD?

7:28 PM  
Blogger sue h said...

Sadly for us Irish Canadians, Gerry moved back to Belfast many years ago. I very much miss his voice and his friendship.

9:17 PM  
Blogger リチャード スミス said...

Gerry blew my mind... I used to go there ALL THE TIME to see him. I was often the first person there when the bar opened to get a good seat, and often had Gerry sit with us during breaks. I was sad to hear he left Canada (if he did), and hope people can find him. I talked to his successor at the bar but he (Wade) refused to talk about him.

I miss those times.

12:28 AM  
Blogger JD said...

I posted else where but I think in the wrong place

I'm Gerry's nephew, he is still playing and involved in producing music, we talked about it when had dinner with him earlier this month.

1:39 PM  
Blogger JP said...

JD, you should get Gerry to do a few new recordings and put them up on Grooveshark. I think all his Wellington recordings are there, but some new stuff would be fantastic. I miss the guy.

7:35 PM  
Blogger Thorny said...

JD - missed yer posting. If you could give Gerry my contact info thornton.mark@gmail.com - facebook.com/thornton.mark or direct him to this blog I'd appreciate it no end. I've been trying to find him for years. He recorded the tune for me 20 years ago (gasp) it was the summer of 1992.

I create, develop and direct animated television shows these days and want desperately to complete this little film. Would love to get back in touch with him about it.

7:49 PM  
Blogger JD said...

Hi All I,ve been busy and forgot to call back in, sorry but good news Gerry is realsing two albums one of new stuff and one of the old classics from the Welli

he has a new website www.gerryokane.com

one album can be bought there now second will be added soon,

hope this will make some happy people

1:24 PM  
Blogger JD said...

Hi All I,ve been busy and forgot to call back in, sorry but good news Gerry is realsing two albums one of new stuff and one of the old classics from the Welli

he has a new website www.gerryokane.com

one album can be bought there now second will be added soon,

hope this will make some happy people

1:25 PM  

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