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Gerry Strong is from Little Bay Islands, Notre Dame Bay, and grew up between there and Little Bay, a short distance away. In the early 1970s, while working in Stephenville Crossing, Gerry became involved in the local music scene through the influence of Stephenville physician, Dr. Kevin McCann. Kevin introduced Gerry to several traditional west coast musicians such as Emile Benoit and Ed Doucette, among others. Around the same time, local bands Red Island and Figgy Duff were experimenting with and developing new and exciting ways of playing local music. Gerry became part of the renewal of interest in the folk and traditional music of Newfoundland and Labrador. He subsequently became a founding member of the award winning group, Tickle Harbour. Gerry travelled extensively throughout Canada and the US while playing with Tickle Harbour, and through Ireland and Australia with his most recent musical ensemble, A Crowd of Bold Sharemen. He has recorded with an astonishing array of musical groups, all while holding down a job as a X-ray technologist at the Carbonear General Hospital.