Artist Spotlight: Gerard Smith

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
Gerard Smith

A weekly feature showcasing local artists

Name: Gerard Smith

Sound: Celtic, jazz, folk and rock

History: Smith is a member of the the traditional Irish trio the Bowzies and the more modern-sounding group with Celtic and prog-rock influences Bill Grogan's Goat. The multi-instrumentalist — he plays a variety of stringed instruments including guitar, mandolin and bouzouki, plus the bodhran, tin whistle and concertina — has released two solo albums that are a mix of acoustic and electric with traditional and original songs. 

The latest: At the start of summer Smith celebrated the release of his third solo release, "Lullabies in an Ancient Tongue." The melodic and eclectic album is a collection of material that he "needed to get out of his head" during the pandemic. Smith enlisted a variety of friends and fellow talents from the local music pool, including Paco Higdon on guitars and keyboards, Justin Velic on drums and Tom Phillips on bass. 

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Melody Baetens