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Last week was all about a guy from Castlemilk in Glasgow called Gerry Cinnamon.

Fresh from playing to a packed King Tut's tent at T in the Park, Gerry's gig at Glasgow's O2 ABC sold out in less than a week. That's more than 1000 tickets for a guy with no label muscle, radio play or financial backing.

So, how has he done it? Well, he has great songs and puts on amazing live shows. He is what he is and doesn't try to be anyone else.

People who love Gerry love not only his songs but also his honesty.

Being honest is a massive thing in this industry. I meet a lot of bands and artists who act how they think they should be - whether it's pretending to be rock stars or being too nice Craig Johnston, beardy booker at DF Concerts, spends his life finding the best new bands and, for lack of a better phrase, sucking up a fair bit.

As an artist, you are better to be yourself. If you aren't, you'll get found out at some point.

Once people realise you're a fake and putting on a facade, there is no coming back from it.

Gerry is his own guy and because he's a normal dude, his songs resonate with real people.

He joins an ever-growing list of artists I've worked with who have sold out gigs at the O2 ABC even though they are unsigned.

It shows just how vibrant the music scene in Scotland is just now.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 31, 2016
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