Gerry’s Irish customs are always music to the ears!
GERRY’S the perfect all-rounder, either side of the Claddagh Bar in San Telmo, Los Cristianos, and he’s pretty good in the kitchen as well! That’s because, apart from being such a likeable Irish character and a great chef, Gerry sings and enjoys banter with the audience – and he’s a supreme multi-instrumentalist, as anyone who’s seen him in action will testify. After some mandolin and banjo plucking, the guitars come out, followed by penny whistles, the flute and other traditional Irish implements that make it sound as though you’re actually in a bar in Ireland. Gerry encourages all sorts of singers and players on to the stage with him, and he often has surprise guests from his mother land turning up – some of them famous! Sandra and Gerry have recently celebrated their fourth anniversary at the Claddagh Bar and are proud to be one of the busiest live-music venues in the area. The bar was designed to be a traditional and authentic Irish bar: put it anywhere in the world and you imagine you could actually be in the Auld Country! The atmosphere and guest appearances make it a venue well worth checking out and, with the light evenings inTenerife rapidly approaching, watching the sunset over the beach view from the first floor level is stunning. Gerry has a musical past that took him to Germany, Scandinavia, Majorca and the US, where he amassed a selection of musicians who have become frequent visitors to the bar, sometimes by surprise. He even had a few gigs inEngland before settling over here. And the man from Galway, in the West of Ireland, is always excited when St Patrick’s Day comes around, which happens to be next Saturday (17th March). That’s because there will be various musicians on stage non-stop throughout the day and night (from midday) including the Riverdance spectacular at 7.15pm. Free, exclusive T-shirts are being given away – 200 in all – and there’ll be children’s face-painting, an extra outside bar, green beer and, of course, the traditional Irish menu. When he’s not on stage or delivering speeches from table-tops, Gerry is in the kitchen making home-made traditional Irish stew, Irish sausages and mash, cabbage and bacon. He also serves an excellent own-cured ham, which is available to satisfy your taste buds in between supping your favourite pint to wash down the terrific Irish ambience. It is truly a venue to experience, and it’s no wonder the place is full of regulars and – year after year – happy, smiling visitors.
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