The Circus were a duo from Malahide who recorded a 3-song demo tape at Chrome Yellow's Lada Studios ca 1988 with Joe Caprani (of Chrome Yellow) producing.
They later expanded the lineup to include Deirdre O'Neill (vocals) and Graham Darcy (bass) and changed their name to Gavin Is God, active circa 1988-89. Drummer Anto D'Arcy joined form 1984ish, as did Pat Murphy somewhat later.
Gavin Is God played a residency at T Upstairs at the Baggot around 1989 alongside a band called The Flying Kidney. They had a song called 'Small Man' on a demo which was played several times by Dave Fanning. See the Fanning Sessions archive for more details.
Gavin Is God became The Joys circa 1990.
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