Gerard was self-taught on the saxophone before going to the Royal Northern in Manchester. Here is a picture from his debut playing Green Onions with The Sting at Derry's The Venue in 1983. L-R. Willie Carson, Gerard, Johnny Watters, Micky Watters and drummer "Ducksy" McDonald.
Such was the popularity of Saturday's Festival Coffee Concert that the event was forced to move to the Elmwood Hall in order to accommodate a larger audience than expected... Mid-morning magic.
Belfast Telegraph, Nov. 2006. Belfast Festival, Belfast.