Welcome to my site and to my music!
The site has been developed to provide you with some insights into who I am, where I have come from and to, and how my music has evolved and been appreciated by audiences and music lovers. Ian ‘Gerry’ Burke is a Tasmanian singer and songwriter.
Gerry Burke is an Irish born Australian and proud Tasmanian who has spent a lifetime singing and playing the songs of his life – the songs he loved and was influenced by, and the songs he was inspired to write and record. He is a composer and story teller who paints pictures through lyrics and melodies.
Please explore the site and enjoy the music and videos we have produced for your enjoyment.
Here is a clip of the song No Atheists from my new album Every Now and Then. The song is dedicated to my grandfathers who fought at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. I produced the clip for my parents in memory of their fathers (Due to license requirements of some images this clip is not to be used for any commercial purpose).
“From Derry’s Walls to Hobart Town – A life that’s gone the long way ‘round” (Ireland’s Child)
I was born in Derry/Londonderry, the City of Music and the 2013 City of Culture. After emigrating with my parents and sister I grew up in Melbourne, Australia where I was fortunate to be part of the great music scene of recent decades. The history of Australian popular music is grounded in the contribution of emigrant kids from Britain and Ireland such as BillyThorpe, Doc Neesen, Glen Shorrock, John Farnham, Colin Hay, Bon Scott, Jimmy Barnes, the Young and Gibb brothers, many of whom formed groups in migrant hostels and working class suburbs and took the music busi- ness by storm.
I have always been influenced by great songwriters who could tell a story through their music and transport you to another place. Jimmy Buffett and Rodney Crowell have been lifelong influences as has some of the great Australian writers such as John Williamson, Lee Kernaghan and Casey Chambers.
Living by the Southern Ocean in Tasmania, the Roaring 40’s and the powerful waves beat a rhythm that takes me away to other places and different times. From my birthplace in Ireland to the Île des Démons in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence (Marguerite Let Me Go), to Siquijor Island in the Central Visayas of the Philippines (Mystical Island), to the Dandenong Ranges (My Little 550) and to Hobart Town – a life that’s gone the long way ‘round