Traveller are Gerry Sheridan (lead vocals, guitar and keyboard), Simon Usher (Drums, Vocals and Piano) and Brian Socha (Bass).
Lead singer Gerry Sheridan has a storyteller style of writing, sharing tales of happiness, hurt and life’s struggles. Writing from the heart, his soul wrenching voice has become a blend of many influences citing Kelly Jones (Steriophonics) Michael Stipe (R.E.M) and Thome York (Radiohead) as some of his main influences. He started writing songs in his early teens and begun playing keyboard for a college band called Little house and Daze before going onto focus more on writing his own material with his band Midnight Swimmer. They built up a reputable following on the Scottish gig circuit before going their separate ways in 2005. This however was just the beginning of a long musical journey and he continued writing songs and performing in venues throughout the country as a solo musician until he met up with Simon (Drums) in 2014 at a party and after a few drinks and some late-night songs, they decided to collaborate on writing music together.
Simon had already had some previous success with his old band Suburbia who coincidently were supported by Gerry’s band Midnight Swimmer at Edinburgh’s Bongo Club a few years previous. Suburbia’s lead vocalist was Ainslie Henderson (BAFTA Award winner and Fame Academy Finalist). They were signed to a small independent label who were based in LA called City of Angels. They became the house band for a weekly BBC television show in London called Hype that was aired live on BBC Choice for eighteen months with presenter Rick Adams. As part of the shows Christmas episode, the band went to New York to perform live and work briefly on one of their tracks called “Half” with renowned Music Producer Tony Visconte. They were later invited to Los Angeles as part of a Demo arrangement deal under Capitol Records and Bill Silva Management to perform an exclusive industry showcase gig at the famous Viper Rooms Venue on Sunset Boulevard. Whilst in L.A, they also recorded and released a track for EA games called “Always” for FIFA 2004’s football game and which was produced by another well known Music Producer Joe Barresi. The bands label unfortunately went bankrupt and not long afterwards in 2002, they decided to take a break from music and go their separate ways, but they remain very close friends to this day. Simon then went onto performing with The Last September whose front man Pete Deane was one of the guitarists for Suburbia. He recorded drums for their album Volcano which was released independently. The band went onto support Nell Bryden throughout the Scottish leg of her UK tour in 2014. More recently Simon has recorded drums as a guest for Blue Rose Code and their EP titled Sunday featuring Robert Vincent on vocals.
Traveller formed in January 2016 and that same year, they released their debut EP called “All this time” featuring Martin Yves on guitar having spent only five days in the studio to capture their unique tightly driven and melodic sound. The EP received positive reviews from several music publication’s including Flavour Mag and Essentially Pop who said; Title track ‘All This Time’, is a polished and beautiful track which further emphasises the band’s considerable abilities. It’s familiar but in a warm, comfortable way, and the perfect opener to the rest of the EP. It was aired on the radio to a worldwide audience in over 68 countries with America and Germany generating the greatest number of streams, helping to build on the bands increasing reputation. The band also had top ten hits on college and internet radio and “Till the storm” is the most streamed track on their SoundCloud page with over 134 k streams.
The band performed throughout their local gig scene in Scotland for a few years before returning to the studio to release three singles throughout the summer of 2019 beginning with Old Stories followed by Running and their self titled track Traveller leading up to their Debut Album which was released towards the end of 2019 called Blank Page. All tracks were recorded at Grans House Recording Studio with multi-instrumentalist and producer Angus Lyon (Yusuf Islam, Paul McCartney, Bobby McFerrin, Blue Rose Code, Craig Armstrong, Blazing Fiddles to name but a few incredible people that Angus has worked with in the past). These releases enhance the bands Americana style and show diversity with a softer approach to their music featuring Iain Sloan on guitar who is also one of the UK’s finest Pedal Steel guitar players. Iain has performed with multiple artists including Blue Rose Code, Peter Bruntnell, My Darling Clementine, Louise Connell, Norrie McCulloch, Yola Carter and his own band The Wyntown Marshals. The band appeared live on The Americana Bar T.V. Show for Sky Television, Talk Radio (with Bob Mills) and BBC Radio. They performed and recorded their debut album live at Edinburgh’s “Counting House Ballroom” which is where Simon’s great Uncle (Andrew Usher) once lived and who was the founding father of Blended Whisky. Andrew Usher donated funds to the City of Edinburgh Council to build one of Edinburgh’s best known concert Hall’s The Usher Hall.
Traveller will be releasing their second EP featuring title track “Blank Page” in December 2020 and with their combined experience to date and diverse influences ranging from R.E.M, Crowded House, Bruce Springsteen, The Stereophonics, Decon Blue, Simon & Garfunkel, Pink Floyd, U2 and Radio Head to more recent artists such as Jack Savoretti, Noah Gundersen and Keith Urban, this Americana, contemporary country style blend of toe tapping acoustic rock with a bit of cinematic flare in between seems like the perfect collaboration for you to enjoy!
“A Unique Blend of Americana, Blues and Acoustic Rock” – Impose Magazine
“The Sound of Gritty, UK Country Rock” – XS Noise
“One of the countries most exciting new prospects in Country and Americana” – Fame Magazine