He’s back . . . new works of Gerry Rafferty being released a decade after his death

A new Gerry Rafferty album is being released from beyond the grave.

It’s ten and a half years since the Paisley musical superstar’s funeral at St Mirin’s Cathedral.

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Now his daughter Martha has revealed the previously unheard works have been put together in a new record ‘Rest in Blue.’

She has given a 38-second taster by publishing a sample of the first single ‘Slow Down’ which is now available.

The news has been welcomed by Rafferty followers who thought they’d heard the last from the great Buddie.

Rest in Bue will be out on September 3 and will be a mix of songs Gerry had planned as well as previously uncompleted demos.

Martha now runs the official website and Facebook page of her father, who died of organ failure in 2011 after decades of struggling with alcohol.

The name and now new songs live on - Martha Rafferty and nephew Mart Rafferty declar Gerry Rafferty Drive open
The name and now new songs live on – Martha Rafferty and nephew Mart Rafferty declar Gerry Rafferty Drive open
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The last Rafferty album ‘Life Goes on’ was published two years before his death.

Martha has stripped back uncompleted demos to focus on her dad’s voice.

Fan Campbell Stewart has listened to the sample track and said: “This sounds superb, if the first single is anything to go by we’re in for a treat.”

And David Macking added: “Absolutely brilliant. Sound of the summer. A stunning new track. Love it.”

The single was played last week by BBC Radio 2 presenter Ken Bruce and Martha said: “The earliest demo was from the mid 80’s and the most complete vocal from early 90’s which is when this version was recorded.

“It was one of the songs Gerry had returned to before he passed, for the album he’d been working on since his last release in 2009.

“It’s co-produced and mixed with a talented upcoming producer Tambala who freshened up the drums that were sounding a bit dated and worked on the intro.

“It’s a great melody with a memorable guitar riff and when the album was finished it was the obvious first single as I could hear it being played on the radio.”

Work of art - John Byrne's cover for the new Gerry album
Work of art – John Byrne’s cover for the new Gerry album

The cover for Rest In Blue was illustrated by Rafferty’s lifelong friend, the Paisley artist John Byrne, who also did artwork for the classic City To City and Night Owl albums.

Tracks includes a cover of ‘It’s Just The Motion’ and a new version of ‘Stuck In The Middle With you.

The loudersound.com website says of the single: “It kicks off with the kind of crescendo that marked the start of Baker Street (minus the sax), before falling into a relaxed, familiar groove and travelling happily towards a soulful chorus via a melody that sounds a little like Home By The Sea by Genesis.”

Gerry was 63 when he died at home in Dorset, with his daughter Martha by his side.

He was born in Underwood Lane, Paisley, on April 16, 1947, to his mother Mary Skeffington and his father, Joseph, an Irish-born miner.

A pupil of St Mary’s Primary School and later St Mirin’s Academy, he was heavily involved in music from his early teens. In 1969, he joined Billy Connolly and Tam Harvie in folk/rock combo The Humblebums.

The following year, Gerry married hairdresser Carla Ventilla but the pair divorced in 1990. They had a daughter, Martha.

Gerry went solo in the late 1970s and the release of the album City To City was hailed as a musical masterpiece, featuring Baker Street.

He made a rare visit to his beloved hometown in June 2000 for the opening of a John Byrne exhibition.

His funeral took place in Paisley’s St Mirin’s Cathedral and was attended by his closest friends and family as well as the great and the good of Scotland’s music scene including The Proclaimers and Barbara Dickson.

In 2012 Martha was delighted to name a Paisley housing development off Inchinnan Road as Gerry Rafferty Drive.

The new album had been delayed due to the pandemic and another two singles will be released.

Martha added: “There are lots of new projects in the pipeline.”

*You can hear a clip of the track “Slow Down” at https://lnk.to/GerryRafferty_RestInBlue

Daily Record – Paisley