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Bio

Gallie, the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter was born in Dublin city, Ireland, in the seventies.

Picking up guitar in his early teens, helped him navigate ‘the streets’, something he now reflects on as having provided him with a wealth of material for songs and stories that he continues to draw from.

Gallie’s music is captivating from the get-go; his performance can move from a lonesome whistling entrance sounding like a miner in the Klondike, through to a wild folk guitar crescendo, and gorgeous baritone voice giving the grittiest performance of his life.

Gallie’s 20-year musical career has seen him support an impressive line-up of international acts - Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, KT Tunstall, Glen Tilbrook, Squeeze, Newton Faulkner, Glen Hansard and The Frames - he has shared the stage with eminent acts such as Santana, Chris Isaak and Jimmy Cliff.  In Australia he has support The Black Sorrows, Mental as Anything and Renee Geyer and performed on stage with Liz Stringer, Suzannah Espie, Shane Howard and the late great Chris Wilson.

 

Such is the strength of his song writing, that Australian stalwart singer-songwriter, Steve Pigram, has recorded one of Gallie’s songs which he titled “Walking Blues”, it is titled “Look Away” on Gallie’s Occoquan River Album.  Gallie’s songs can also be heard on the multi award winning documentary series “The Bikes of Wrath”

Prior to that Gallie has lived the troubadour lifestyle, troubadour in the true sense of the word.  For over 15 years he has travelled the world playing every type of show imaginable, from busking on the streets of Paris to a 1000 seat sold out show with a 46-piece orchestra in Caxias Du Sol in Southern Brazil.  Having now lived in Australia for 11 years he has finally put enough roots down, to record his songs.

The balladeer is a favourite at a number of festivals including headlining the folk stage at the ‘Mississippi Delta Blues Festival’ in Caxais Do Sol in Southern Brazil -  Mississippi Blues Festival -

Maldon Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Portarlington Folk Festival, Little World Festival (France), Altitude Music Festival (France), Fairbridge Music Festival, Nannup Music Festival, The National Celtic Festival, Yackandandah Folk Festival and St Albans Folk Festival.

A late starter to the recording of his work, his highly lauded debut album "The Occoquan River” told stories of war, showcasing Gallies soulful performances with “the kind of lyrics that can transport you from a civil war battle to the warm comfort of your lover's bed.”

 

Music critics have compared him to the best - Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison , Wilco - not bad company to be in.  Australian Broadcasting Corporation's, Radio National’s "Inside Sleeve" broadcaster, Paul Gough stated, “One of the outstanding releases this year....’The Occoquan River’ is brilliant.”

While Ireland’s RTE Radio 1’s Late Date presenter, Fiachna O’Braonain said “You can hear every mile travelled by Gallie on his adventurous journey to making The Occoquan River… it is a beautiful piece of work, that takes you on Gallie's literary journey and wraps you in the emotional truth of his music.”

 

Gallie is currently putting the finishing touches to his new album, to be released in 2022.