“Finding the magic in all aspects of music and life” – whether discussing music, books, movies, cars or food, this may be the credo Gerard Gannon lives by. With a passion for virtually all genres of music, Gerard strives to help create magical moments on stage and in the studio–to fuel passion for the artists with whom he works.
Primarily a freelance drummer based in Edmonton, Canada, Gerard does it all–pop, funk and, more recently, jazz–but he is kept busiest working with some of the top country, blues and rock artists in Canada. Brett Kissel, Jason Blaine, Samantha King and Kory Wlos are regular clients.
Gerard has also recorded and/or played live with Big Screen, Wax Apparatus, Mad About the Girl, Picasso’s Life, Lemon Juice, K.T. & the Soul Harvesters, Six Figures, The Bruce Pooley Trio, Eclectrip, Jon Grothe, Dawn Bissett, The Time Flies, Samantha King, Jake Matthews, Adam Gregory, Aaron Goodvin, Bjorn Again, Krysta Scoggins, Brett Kissel, Paramedic, Jason Blaine, Victoria Banks, Tiffany Dowhan, Gb Roots, Gordie Mathews and many other great artists.
A proud Gretsch drum Artist, Gerard has played on countless recordings and TV shows, and for as many as 50,000 people live. Check the “Dates” page for upcoming shows with Brett Kissel, Julian Austin and others as well as his forthcoming original project, which promises a diverse blend of musical flavours.
“I’ve had the distinct honor of recording and performing with some of the greatest drummers in the world such as John “JR” Robinson and Lonnie Wilson, to name a few. Gerard Gannon is in the same category as far as I am concerned. Gerard Gannon is the best live drummer I’ve ever played with. He is the most adaptable musician on stage, and in my live show it’s necessary to have great instincts! I appreciate how Gerard anticipates a song he’s never heard before, and the way he “jazzes-up” a song he’s played a million times. He is the ultimate professional, with great tone, great control, and great talent – and I feel privileged to tour and share the stage with him every night.”
Brett Kissel – Country Music Artist and Songwriter
“I have had the opportunity and pleasure to work with Gerard a number of times in the past few years as an independent musician (drums). Gerard comes to the job extremely well prepared, demonstrating complete professionalism with a high degree of competence and skill. I LOVE his work ethic and integrity (both personal and professional) and will continue to contract him at every available opportunity.”
Randy Stark – President, Stark Ravings Artist Management
“Gerard is a singularly talented drummer possessing formidable musical instincts and a superb feel. I have worked with him on numerous occasions and have found him consistently prepared and enthusiastic regardless of circumstance. In short, hiring Gerard to play drums for your project is a very smart thing to do. I am happy to give him my highest endorsement.”
Paul Faber – Professional Bassist, Various Artists
“What can I say about Gerard Gannon? Other than…he is the awesomest guy I KNOW!!! This man is MORE than a pleasure to work with…he makes each and every gig THAT much more magical! He’s super pro, a VERY kind hearted guy, and is a KILLER drummer. I would recommend him to everyone and anyone. I wish I could share the stage with him every night forever! That’s how much I love working with him! If you’re looking for a great drummer, who LISTENS to everything else that’s going on, onstage, someone who shows up on time, and has one of the most pro attitudes I’ve seen to date… YOU need to call Gerard Gannon… THE END.
Samantha King – Singer/Songwriter/Performing Artist
“Gerard was hired as Drummer for musical group The Time Flies! (recording project and live shows). His work is impeccable, and his contributions to our original songs were creative and concrete! I would highly recommend his musical talents and professionalism.”
Karen Stirling – Owner, Expressionz Cafe/Singer/Performer/Partner in The Time Flies!