ONE of the region's most successful musical sons returns for a gig tomorrow night.

The Gerry Colvin Band perform for Ulverston Live on Friday at the Laurel and Hardy Museum on Brogden Street. In the 1970s, Barrow-born Gerry joined pop band The Man Upstairs. They released three singles and toured with The Smiths. In the early 1980s the energetic and enthusiastic performer who engages brilliantly with his audience, co-founded and fronted the John Peel favourite skiffle-cowpunk indie outfit Terry and Gerry. The seminal band toured Europe and the USA and appeared on countless radio and TV shows, including The Tube and another legendary programme of the small screen, the Old Grey Whistle Test. Their five singles and album all reached number one in the indie charts. In 2010 Cherry Red released Let's Get the Hell Back to Lubbock, the definitive Terry and Gerry compilation. In the early 1990s Gerry worked in Nashville as a professional songwriter and back in the UK collaborated with Alison Moyet, co-writing on an album project. He also penned TV themes, musicals, film scores and wrote and presented for BBC Radio 2. His band Gerry Colvin's Inexperience, a fusion of soul, rhythm and blues and folk-country, became a firm favourite on the college circuit. In 1993 Gerry formed the folk-pop band The Atlantics: they toured extensively including a slot at Glastonbury Festival where Gerry was compere, and appeared on BBC's prestigious Pebble Mill at One.

Gerry's other major project at that time was film music as vocalist with The National Screen Orchestra; he also performed as a comedy double act with Hollywood superstar Mackenzie Crook. In 1995 Gerry co-founded the five piece folk band Colvinquarmby, who released six acclaimed albums and were voted best band at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropredy Festival in 2009. In May 2013 Gerry was invited by New York producer and Robert Plant song collaborator Dave Barratt to record Revolution for the Beatles complete on ukulele album and website.

And so to 2015 and the original line-up of Terry and Gerry reformed and toured nationally with rock heroes Status Quo culminating with a concert at the Albert Hall. Terry and Gerry also appeared at Glastonbury that year and released the Dear John EP: a self penned tribute to the late, great John Peel. Cherry Red re-issued the greatest hits album too.

In 2013 Gerry released a self-penned solo album Jazz Tales of Country Folk. His new CD Six of One half a Dozen of the Other, a collection of new songs, is available now. That's not all, Gerry has penned a novel The Rabbits of Zakynthos, which will be published next year.

Tickets for the Ulverston Live gig at the door or on 07749-827488.