Garry Jones has been a professional musician for thirty years and a musical instrument maker for twenty. He has performed within many genres of music—folk, rock, r&b, jazz, traditional Irish, cabaret, world music and sacred music (as well as fusions of many of these)—as a soloist, in duos, trios, bands, ensembles and choirs. He has composed music for rock operas, musicals, children’s musicals, documentaries, large-scale outdoor festivals, fire events, millennium celebrations and dance theatre. He has lived in Australian Aboriginal communities and traveled through Papua New Guinea and the Middle East, living and playing music with native musicians. He has recorded some of his compositions in caves, in rainforests and on the top of an extinct volcano (using honeycombed rock formations as a huge resonant percussion instrument).
Garry plays classical and steel string guitar, electric and acoustic double bass, bazouki, viola da gamba, piano and synthesizer, and all sorts of instruments he has designed and created—percussive and melodic. Garry founded and ran for a number of years, “Horizon’s Unlimited” an adventure tour company specializing in extended expeditions into wilderness areas of Queensland with a focus on bush survival, ecological awareness and Australian Aboriginal spiritual perspectives. He formed “Mimburi Guitars” with his brother Andrew, making classical and steel string guitars (two of which he uses in his performances), mandolins and dulcimers. In 1995, he formed Hubbub, a performance group who designed and constructed their own large-scale instruments out of mostly recycled materials.
Garry composed the music for the Millennium celebrations for Clifden Arts Week in the West of Ireland and a five-movement suite, “Fire Eye”, based on the ancient spiritual capitals of the provinces of Ireland. “Fire Eye” was first performed in conjunction with an island-wide Bealtaine celebration that he instigated and organized involving the relighting of the ancient hilltop Bealtaine fires around Ireland, North and South. This was supported by fires lit in thirty-six different countries around the world and attended by thousands of people. For more information visit: Hear more about The Fire Eye Suite
Irish Music on our Tours
Ireland is steeped in traditional music; it feels as if it comes from the very rocks and mists of the land.
Fire Eye Music Suite
A unique and essential element of the Pilgrimage to the Otherworld Tour revolves around music. At the core of the tour lies "The Fire Eye Music Suite", composed by Garry Jones, Tour Guide.