Gemini

Gemini

BandFolkAcoustic

Gemini is strongly inspired by the NYC folk scene of the 60s. We play originals and old and new songs, mainly from America and Ireland, in the old acoustic, folk style.

Biography

Ronn and Liza have been playing music together since 1996. Over the years they have played many kinds of music, but have always returned to their roots - folk music. Gemini played their first official gig at the Deep South Festival in New Brunswick, NJ in 2000. They quickly built up a library of traditional folk songs. Since then they have expanded their repertoire to include original and more contemporary compositions.
Ronn's first folk influences emerged from the NYC 60s folk scene, especially the Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, and Bob Dylan. Through these artists he discovered Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Leadbelly, and most importantly, The Weavers. Ronn has also always been a huge fan of Rock and Roll. He has found inspiration in every generation of Rock and Roll, but no one has affected his playing as much as Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. It was Jerry that led Ronn to appreciate Bluegrass music and pick up a banjo.
Liza added the Celtic influence to the mix, having grown up listening to The Chieftains, The Clancy Brothers with Tommy Makem, and The Irish Rovers. She also brings a little country twang, having learned to harmonise by listening to The Judds. Liza leans heavily upon her classical training to add melodies to Ronn's blues based guitar.
Liza has also driven Gemini's goal of preserving the traditions they are a part of (and even some they are not!). Because of their diverse influences, Gemini's music oft sounds like it is taking a train across the Americas, frequently sidetracking to Ireland and other parts of Europe.

Lyrics

Bridge

Written By: Gemini

Is there something I can’t see?
Somewhere out ahead of me
Something I’m supposed to be

Is there a bridge I have to cross?
It seems as if I’m getting lost
On the waves my ship is tossed

And the rhythm takes me home
And the music fills my soul

My ship keeps rocking back and forth
East meets west and south comes north
Can’t help but wonder what it’s worth

And every time I’ve traveled far
And each and every morning star
Still standing here with my guitar

And the rhythm takes me home
And the music fills my soul

Something’s catching up with me
It’s changing everything I see
In its grip I’m truly free

Is there a change you need to make
To get yourself an even break
The chance is only yours to take

Let the rhythm takes you home
Let the music fills your soul

Jersey Boy

Written By: Gemini

Most all my life, Jersey’s been my home
In all that time, I never was alone
I’ve moved around, but mostly in one place
There’s something to be said, about a familiar face

Well I’m alive and well
And here in the promised land
I’ve lived to tell
And I’m still in the promised land

Good friend have gone, they say it’s better there
South or west, it doesn’t matter where
They say move out, get myself some fun
But shine or rain, Jersey is the one

Well I’m alive and well
And here in the promised land
I’ve lived to tell
And I’m still in the promised land

Well I’ve been up north
And I’ve been down south
But something happens
When I open my mouth
I’m either too damn country
Or slick city
They painted Jersey Boy on my Springsteen poster
They made fun of Jon BonJovi

Well I’m alive and well
And back in the promised land
I’ve lived to tell
And I’m still in the promised land

Can I take you to the shore, or to the best pizza in the world
I couldn’t want anymore, now that you’re my Jersey girl

Well I’m alive and well
And here in the promised land
I’ve lived to tell
And I’m still in the promised land

Gravity

Written By: Gemini

Well, I can’t stop drinking and momentarily thinking
That something’s about to go down
Scratch my head wondering, why the skies’ rumbling
Shakes the earth with their sound
Tea kettle whistling, black cat’s a bristling
We’ve seen this one before
But Death takes another, your sister or your brother
And then he takes one more

But the world keeps spinning ‘round
Barely makes a sound
Holding us to the ground

It’s kinda hard explaining, my problem with refraining
When smoke fills the air
Dirty thoughts keep haunting and laughing and taunting
Me, I just sit and stare
Newsman keeps on telling ‘bout someone caught for selling
The witch hunt goes on and on and on and on and on
And Death does his work, whether you’re a saint or a jerk
Until we’re all gone, gone, gone

But the world keeps spinning ‘round
Barely makes a sound
Holding us to the ground

Well, I can’t stop rocking, although my knees are knocking
It keeps on pouring out
Well, there ain’t no stopping, though I feel like dropping
Hey now, watch me scream and shout
Well, Old Death keeps on rapping, I can hear him tapping
He’s come to set things straight
But I’m still strumming my guitar, chances are I’ll go far
Playing at the pearly gates

But the world keeps spinning ‘round
Barely makes a sound
Holding us to the ground

Discography

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Set List

Gemini has performed sets anywhere from twenty minutes to two hours in length.

A typical set list would include songs like (in no particular order):
Down in the Valley, This Land is Your Land, Ripple, The Hammer Song, Skip to My Lou, Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye, Guantanamera, Baby Let Me Follow You Down, 500 Miles, Isn't It Grand, Boys?, My Favourite Things, Women Are Smarter, You Are My Sunshine, On Top of Spaghetti, Johnny is a Roving Blade, Where Have All the Flowers Gone?, De Colores, Midnight Special, Sweet Dreams (T. Amos), Jersey Boy (orig.), Gravity (orig.), Bridge (orig.), Long Lost Friend (orig.), One More Time (orig.), Time Stops (orig.), Roadsick (E. Squindo), Goodnight Irene