Leaving Ireland’s harsh economic climate for a better job and quality of life was the main push factor for
Ireland’s latest diaspora.
Landing in Toronto in 2011, he and his now wife Niamh Harmon began the difficult job of settling in a new culture and integrating with their new city. Between job interviews and apartment
Drawing on early influences such as Depeche Mode,
Avoiding the need for a drummer led them down the electronic music rabbit hole, which gradually evolved their act into an electronic synth-pop creation, playing a myriad of live instruments with a pulsating high tempo.
Running local Dundalk music eZine Highway67 and fronting his old band Artificial Flight gave Gary invaluable experience, which proved vital in
Bringing all this knowledge to Toronto has at times been eye opening. When comparing the two music scenes, Gary believes Irish musicians are more disciplined and
Coming home to play a slot at Ireland's biggest festival is an opportunity not lost on the Haggardstown man and he hopes that he can build on this every year, playing more festivals and larger stages.
Their Electric Picnic performance will kick off a 15-show tour across Canada, supporting their new album Dreamless Sleep.
With already talk of a second album being released this time next year, Gary is already planning his return.
Honey Beard play the Global Green Stage on Saturday, Sept 2nd at 7 pm. Check their website for tour details: