A Terre formed in 1981 and made their live debut on the 12th of February the same year. Finbarr and Trish O'Farrell were siblings. They regularly supported The Low at The Ivy Rooms on Parnell St Dublin (later Fibber Magees). Finbarr was a member of the Worker's Party and they often played the Worker's Party social club Club Ui Chadhain in Gardiner Place. They also did a mini tour of Ireland playing among others Limerick University and An Triskel Arts Centre in Cork.
Their poorly recorded demo tape was reviewed in Vox #11 (1982). Dave Clifford described it as "mood-poetry-music" outside the rock and classical domains. They also recorded a Dave Fanning Show Session for RTE. Some of the music was quite political in tone and to this end, they were one of the earliest bands to use samples e.g. Brendan Behan singing "The Bold Fenian Men" and Michael MacLiammoir reciting Yeat's, "Red Hanrahan's Song About Ireland". Unique at the time. "The Devil Of Eire" was a pun on De Valera's name.
At least one source mentions a fourth member joining the band on guitar in 1983 and suggests it was Stephen Ivers (of Atonomy, later in My Bloody Valentine) though he doesn't remember it! Does anyone know who this was?
Trish O'Farrell left after about a year, in 1983 and the remaining trio carried on into 1984. After the split, Finbarr moving to Germany in 1985.
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