Dave Daily radio hero in heaven †
Hailing from Castlemilk, Glasgow, Gerry Cinnamon is a Scottish acoustic blues singer and songwriter. Inspired by the work of bands like the Beatles, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and the Jesus and Mary Chain, Cinnamon began penning his own songs with introspective themes while delivering anthemic singalong choruses akin to the work of Frank Turner and the Tallest Man on Earth. Initially known on the gig circuit for hosting a weekly open-mike night at a Glaswegian bar, he quickly began to make waves on the live scene in 2014 with his own material. After generating a burgeoning fan base, he became popular across the city and the surrounding areas for his highly atmospheric shows. He became widely known for his songs "Hope Over Fear" (which struck a chord with the "Yes" campaign during the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum) and "Kampfire Vampire" (a social critique that delved into the experience of growing up in Glasgow). Social commentary became a frequent aspect of Cinnamon's lyrics, resonating with many across the country. Both "Hope Over Fear" and "Kampfire Vampire" earned him high placement on the 2015 digital music charts. He went on to perform at the T in the Park Festival in both 2015 and 2016, and opened for Ocean Colour Scene and John Power of Cast. In 2016 he won Best Live Act at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards, and stayed busy writing and recording the material for his debut full-length. Erratic Cinematic was funded online through a fan campaign and was released in late 2017. The album reached gold certification, cementing his status as an anthemic yet intimate songwriter, which he capitlized on with the release of his secopnd full-length, 2020's The Bonny.