The Heggarty Twins (Northern Ireland) and Jerry Hanlon (USA)
Jerry Hanlon and UAR Records present this wonderful CD production of Irelands own \"The Heggarty Twins and Jerry Hanlon\" - in a fantastic recording done across the world in Nashville and in Northern Ireland. Since his first visit to Ireland in 1987, Jerry Hanlon has fallen deeply in love with that beautiful Emerald Isle and it\'s people, who have likewise come to think of him as one of their own. Having Irish roots dating to his Great Grandfather who emigrated to America in 1825, Jerry claims an inner calling to Ireland since his early years which was the inspiration for his self penned song \"The Calling Home\", recorded here with \"The Heggarty Twins\" as the title track, done with each of the Heggarty Twins and Jerry Hanlon taking parts in the song which sets the CD theme - The Heggarty Twins in Ireland - calling back home to Ireland - the American Country Singer, Jerry Hanlon who has found his niche in the Irish land of his heritage.
Jerry has long been known for his kind and caring ways, especially toward the aspiring singer. A chance encounter brought to his attention, the musical endeavors of The Heggarty Twins, who share the O\'Hanlon name in their own family history and inspired in him the inner \"Calling Home\" once again, resulting in their signing to the USA based record label, UAR Records - and the idea to record and release this collaboration CD of both American and Irish Country music.
Created at studios in Nashville, Tennessee and Northern Ireland and Illinois (USA) this recording includes some self penned tunes by The Heggarty Twins, reflecting a hint of the Irish Showband and country styles of music they have performed for many years.
There are songs here for everyone to enjoy. The very appropriate theme of this record \"The Calling Home, welcomes the Irish American Singer, Jerry Hanlon, home to Ireland once again, this time as an able producer and recording artist with Ireland\'s Own Heggarty Twins, performing together with them in this unique musical production that you are sure to enjoy for many years to come.
THE HEGGARTY TWINS -- OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY
It was in the year 1968, that the late rock and roll legend, Bill Haley and his famous \"Comets\"- after having begun their career earlier on the American Country Music Scene, with follow up recordings that made their mark in Rock and Roll history including their forever classic \"Rock Around The Clock\" - entered a studio in the United States to record a single recording for the United Artist Record label, a version of Tom T. Hall’s \"That’s How I Got To Memphis.\"
In the same year, (1968) in the small village of Markethill - located in the County Armagh, Northern Ireland, The Heggarty Twins, Aidan and Paul, were born on November 6th to Maureen and Tommy Heggarty. Years later, the songs of Bill Haley and The Comets along with a host of other great Rock and Roll legends and a variety of country artists would become the influence for The Heggarty Twins interest in music.
Born very premature and fragile with a slim chance for survival - the birth of The Heggarty Twins was a near miracle for the Irish couple who had suffered the loss of other children during the early months of conception and had sadly concluded that their love and want for children was not to be.
The Heggarty Twins survived, however, and grew to be young men of good character and special talents. Their father instilled in them his deep love for American Country Music and at their early age of 6 years, he obtained a piano to provide a means for his sons to express their obvious budding love for music. It was at that young age and with the encouragement of their parents, that American Country music in particular became their favorite style of music. Learning to play the piano, drums and eventually the Saxophone (for Paul) seemed to come naturally. The hit song \"Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On\", initially recorded by one of America’s top country singers, Hank Locklin, became the song that decided their love for American Country Music, a song that is now beautifully sung by Aidan and is included on the newest CD release of The Heggarty Twins.
The road to recognizable success has been difficult for The Heggarty Twins. With a combined love for country music and the eventual influence by many of the greatest rock artists of our time, they began combining the two styles of music with a growing fondness also for the popularity of the Irish showbands. Their endeavors were filled with the strong influences of the Living Legend, Big Tom and the Mainliners, as well as the fabulous Brian Coll. Paul Heggarty learned to play the drums with instruction from the late Joe Dean, formerly of the Clippertone Showband of Keady town.
As with the majority of aspiring performers, the early teen years of The Heggarty Twins consisted of performing around their home area, wherever they would have the opportunity to play, whether it be for local parties, school events or concert halls. Their primary influence and \"manager\" for many years was their late father, Tommy Heggarty, who guided and directed them in the best ways he knew until his passing in 1995. For over the past 20 years, The Heggarty Twins have performed in both the North and South of Ireland, and they continue to perform in a variety of venues including night clubs, area pubs and lounges all around the area.
In recent years, they have recorded two separate CD collections as well as a music video production. Area radio stations have offered some recognition of their recording efforts through the years, but the necessity of maintaining full time jobs prevented them from fulfilling their lifelong dream of being the top rated music performers they had witnessed in the popularity of the more major artists who had influenced their musical endeavors.
In October 2007, Aidan Heggarty came upon the internet website of American Country Singer, Jerry Hanlon, who had, through the years, made numerous musical tours to Ireland and Northern Ireland - and is the author of the classic Irish song \"The Calling Home\" with appearances at America’s Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. A brief note to Jerry Hanlon from Aidan Heggarty resulted in a response that has since added new life and challenge to the musical aspirations of The Heggarty Twins and has created a musical association between them that has few, if any, bounds.
Perhaps The Heggarty Twins were in awe of the reaction by Jerry Hanlon for their simple kind remarks, and perhaps they were not aware of the struggles this American Artist himself had endured for all his years involved in country music or of his care and concerns that talented artists such as The Heggarty Twins could, at least, experience the same helping hand that had been offered to him so many years before.
Followup communication found Jerry Hanlon to be so impressed by the sincerity and talent of The Heggarty Twins that they were signed to the U.S. Record label, UAR Records. In January of 2008, Jerry Hanlon entered a studio in Nashville to produce several music tracks for a collaboration CD release between The Heggarty Twins and himself. In February, 2008, in a small recording studio near Markethill in Northern Ireland, The Heggarty Twins likewise found themselves in a studio recording session with, and under the production guidance of Jerry Hanlon and studio producer, John Giffin. On May 7th, 2008, their new 20 Track CD release \"The Calling Home\" was launched at the Gilford British Legion Dance Club-in Gilford, Northern Ireland, to an audience that was described only as \"a packed house\" of nearly 300 people - and the biggest crowd ever in attendance in the history of the place.
The Irish roots of Jerry Hanlon run deep, and, having the O’Hanlon name in their own family history has only solidified the musical and personal relationship between The Heggarty Twins and Jerry Hanlon. The theme of their combined CD Production \"The Calling Home\" along with the circumstances that brought them together from across the world - is a unique story in itself, ie., the Irish/American Country Singer, being \"called home\" once again to Ireland , this time through closer family and musical ties that offer a sense of hope and encouragement for better and continued successful adventures that may lie ahead for all of them.
Compiled by UAR Record Productions, U.S.A. May 30, 2008
IRISH AND AMERICAN COUNTRY ARTIST -Jerry Hanlon
MAJOR PERFORMING CREDITS
Grand Ole Opry - NashvilleTennessee (guest artist)
Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree Radio Show - Nashville, Tennessee
18 European Tours - Ireland/N. Ireland and Scandinavia
Ralph Emery Morning TV Show - Nashville, Tennessee
General Jackson Showboat - Nashville, Tennessee
Johnny High Country Music Revue · Fort Worth, Texas
Jerry Hanlon\'s Midwest Playboys Showband (U.S.)
Ullerup Market Festival - Copenhagen, Denmark
North Counties Country Music Festival - Portrush, N. lreland. (1989)
International Country Music Festival - Newcastle, N. lreland . (1990)
Country Rock Cafe - Copenhagen, Denmark
Chicago Irish Festival - Chicago, Illinois
Appalachian Jubilee - Orrstown, Pennsylvania
Ohio Irish Festival - Cleveland, Ohio
Riverfront Centre Irish Festival - Cuyohoga Falls, Ohio
Almost Ireland Festival - Pottsville, Pennsylvania
MEMBERSHIPS AND AWARDS
Golden Eagle Award - Country Music Assns. Of America -Album Of Year (1994)
Country Music Associations of America (CMAA)
Country Music Association - Nashville, Tennessee (CMA)- 40 year member
American Federation Of Musicians - Local 26 - Peoria, Illinois
British Country Music Association - London, England
European Country Music Association · Spain
Danish Country Music Organization - Denmark
Danish Country DJ Association - Denmark
Nordic Country Music Organization - Sweden
Reunion Of Professional Entertainers (ROPE) Nashville, Tennessee
Veteran - United States AIR FORCE
Loyal Order Of Moose - U.S.A. - Member
American Legion - U.S.A. - Member
United States Air Force · Outstanding Airman Award
American Red Cross - Special Performance Award
D.A.R.E. of the United States · Special Performance Award
Pensioners Organization - N. Ireland - Performance Award
Doreen Downing Memorial - N. Ireland - Performance Award
In September of 1962, it was a special occasion for JERRY HANLON, when, as a young, aspiring entertainer, he stepped for the first time into the spotlight at the famed GRAND OLE OPRY in Nashville, Tennessee and performed his first recorded song \"Boy With A Future\". Released in a hit album (Midnight Jamboree) by his mentor, the late ERNEST TUBB, the song fast became known around the world to Country Music Fans and the Radio Media.
Of Irish heritage, JERRY HANLON spent his early life in the rural country farmlands near Kickapoo, in Illinois, which had been settled and occupied by his Great Grandfather who immigrated to America in the early 1800\'s.
After many years of recording and performing throughout America, the song \"Boy With A Future\" surfaced in Northern Ireland in 1986 when the Irish recording artist, Jackie Nelson, recorded it. Encouraged by an Irish DJ friend, Gerry Donaghy, Jerry joined Jackie on his first personal appearance tour to Northern Ireland in April, 1987, thus beginning a series of over 15 subsequent tours to Ireland where he has appeared at a variety of venues and several of the major festivals.
Jerry has worked with most of the Northern Irish Country Entertainers and has been instrumental in assisting several of them in their continued recording and performing careers, being recognized most recently as a duet partner with the long time popular Irish Artist - Tracy Wells.
Jerry\'s humanitarian efforts have been noted in his charity appearances for many of the handicapped children in N. Ireland · and he considers it a privilege to carry the title of Honorary President of the Banbridge, N. Ireland Gateway Center for the Handicapped.
\"THE CALLING\" is an Irish song penned by Jerry Hanlon in tribute to his Great Grandfather. The song has become well known throughout Ireland and has been recorded by several Irish artists, including Shawn Cuddy, Finbarr Harte, Sean Michael, Coner McKay, Tracy Wells, and the Australian artist, Slim Dusty. Another of Jerry\'s songs \"Words Great Grandpa Said\" has become a favorite on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as \"Waltzing Through lreland\" which Jerry wrote in collaboration with Irish songwriter, Eddie Grew.
Trevor Smyth Productions of Ballymoney, N. Ireland have produced two recent CD\'s of Jerry Hanlon. \"If The Good Lord Is Willing\" (a superb album of religious songs) and \"Livin\' On Dreams\", a full country CD which also includes some Irish recordings. Both of these CD\'s can be found in the shops in N. Ireland or obtained through TSP Productions and Music Box Records in Ballymoney.
In addition to his frequent tours to N. Ireland, Jerry Hanlon has become increasingly popular with his brand of Irish Country and American Country Music in Irish/American venues in Chicago and other Irish Centers in America including a variety of Irish Festivals held annually in Chicago, Cleveland, Ohio and Pennsylvania, among others.
(Compiled - 2001 - UAR Productions, Ltd)