Si Genaro started out on a whim as a harmonica player on the Isle of Wight and played harmonica with various local blues and rock outfits. In his mid twenties while studying in Music College in Bournemouth, the Indie rock group “Shapeshifter” persuaded him to sing for them. It was during his time performing with them that he honed his stage skills, and when the band later came to an end, he embarked on his solo career; prolifically writing original material and performing whenever possible.
He later fronted the legendary Bournemouth Dub Reggae band “Dubheart”. After this, he formed “The Genaro Project” a rag tag indie pop come folk, funk reggae band with several friends. At the same time he joined “Blue Commotion” (formerly known as “The Baddest Blues Band Ever!”); a jazz blues fusion band formed by respected jazz musicians Rob Koral and Zoe Schwartz. The project is still going and the flexible line up features outstanding musicians such as Nina Simone’s former drummer, Paul Robinson.
Si Genaro also recently collaborated with French grunge band Falling Girl, who recently recorded their debut EP here.
Si does compere work and has hosted and performed at many shows, including a six-month residency at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire showcasing upcoming bands, as well as performing alongside British Sea Power at The Oxford Brookes University Summer Ball.
Si has worked with Ruby Turner, and in 2009 toured with David Essex, in which he played to a capacity crowd at the London Palladium and at the Birmingham Symphony Hall. He’s recorded harmonica with the Mad Professor and Reggae Star Luciano, as well as performing with the Mad Professor himself live.
Si’s quirky sense of humour always makes his live shows crowd pleasing pleasures, showcasing incredible original songs ranging from haunting ballads, to sing-along rock anthems, all infused with folk, reggae and indie, and often likes to spice them up with his beatboxing talent. Mr Genaro has toured extensively, playing venues all around the world, and now runs “Revolving Doors” at O’Neill’s every Tuesday, Bournemouth’s premier open mic night.