The Boulder Band were a popular live blues band active in the mid-70s. Founding member Marian Byrne was a blues singer influenced by people like Bonnie Raitt, Maria Muldaur, and Fred McDowell. She is the sister of reknowned folk singer Anne Byrne.
A future single release was mentioned in the pages of Hot Press in Feburary 1978 but this came to nothing.
The Boulder Band split for the first time in August 1978. Half of the band (Marian Byrne, John O'Brien and Ken Doyle) began rehearsing as Bagatelle with Mick McNally (keyboards) and Wally McConville (drums).
However, other ex members (Brede Meaghar & Paul Fairclough) formed a new Boulder Band lineup, much to the chagrin of the others who felt an agreement to terminate the name was being violated. They abandoned the name Bagatelle and reclaimed the Boulder Band name. The other side of the split then became the Alias B Band. The 'reformed' Boulder Band continued for a few more months but eventually did change their name to Bagatelle as originally planned.
When Liam Reilly joined, their sound began to move in a more pop direction. Unhappy with this change, Martian Byrne took a break from the group and was replaced by Margaret Coady. She eventually decided not to return and emigrated to the USA. Bagatelle signed to Polydor Records in late 1978.
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