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arry Jackson taught himself some guitar chords back in the seventies and realised his love for writing music and performing. Originally from Toronto, he’s now based in Nashville, Tennessee.

He recorded his first single, ‘Wounded Dove’ in 1981,

which was followed by the EP ‘Hearts Alone’ four years later. Since then he has written over 500 songs. Jackson was signed No copyright clearance

to Wild Oats Records, “a small but great indie label,” in 2003 as part of their Singer Songwriter Series project, ‘Mighty Above All Things.’ Jackson has since gone on to record two CDs, ‘Songs Your Mother Never Sang’ and ‘Something’s Got a Hold on Me’. Inspired by the likes of Bob Dylan and Neil Young, he is currently working on a new record. A familiar face at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival since its creation in 2005; he maintains that, “the more you are seen, the more the scene will see you.” Favourite record? Bob Dylan’s ‘Highway 61 Revisited.’ It is a timeless work of art. I love the sound and lyrics. I still get chills when I hear the song Desolation Row. Favourite book? John Steinbeck’s ‘Grapes of Wrath.’ Favourite film? My favorite film was the ‘Wizard of Oz’ but has since been replaced by the film ‘The Field of Dreams.’ Favourite musician? Neil Young. I love his sound, lyrics and emotion. Favourite song? Van Morrison’s ‘Madame George.’ Last place you visited and loved? Belfast. You can’t help but love this place. The people are warm and sincere. The countryside is beautiful and the music is so soulful and spiritual. Dream gig? The Royal Albert Hall in London, England with Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Jackson Browne and Nanci Griffith, backed by the London Symphony Orchestra.

GARRY JACKSON If you weren’t pursuing your present career, what other career might you have chosen? Pro baseball player. Favourite space to write music? It has always been in my home, whether it was in Toronto or in Nashville. Biggest thrill? When I was invited to perform as the support act for legendary folk artists Tom Rush and Eric Andersen at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. Biggest disappointment? Honestly I do not have any major regrets. Favourite music festival? The Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival. I love the concept of sharing cultures through song. Last album you bought/downloaded? ‘The Conjurer,’ by my friend and great Nashville, singer songwriter Dana Cooper.

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