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In Tua Nua

From: Howth, Dublin

Active: 1982-89

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In Tua Nua were a mid-80s rock-folk-trad amalgam who never quite found their focus.

The first In Tua Nua sessions began in 1983 with guitarist/engineer Ivan O'Shea (one time Modulators and Yeah! Yeah! roadie), composer Martin Clancy, opera singer Miriam Blennerhassett and drummer Paul Byrne (ex Deaf Actor). They were joined by bassist Jack Dublin (ex Deaf Actor, Gravediggers), piper Vinnie Kilduff (then best known for his appearance on U2's "October" album), and violinist Steve Wickham (another Deaf Actor connecton, now best known for his time with The Waterboys and playing on U2's "War" album). The search for a permanent female vocalist led to the discovery by Paul Byrne of Sinead O'Connor, who co-wrote some material, but at 16 she was too young to tour and so the place ultimately went to Leslie Dowdall (ex Electric Maggots, Assembley) who'd spent part of 1983 with the Rhythm Kings.

In Tua Nua debuted in 1984 with a single on Mother Records and subsequently signed a high profile deal with Island Records. They appeared on Anything Goes (RTE) as an octet with Daragh Tanham (sax). They won the Stag/Hot Press Award that same year.

The first Island single was selected as Single of the Week in Melody Maker and the band successfully completed recording of their debut LP to be titled "Map Of Years". But the release of this album fell through for some reason and after two years of waiting with no sign of it coming out, by which time Wickham & Kilduff left for The Waterboys, the band left Island Records. Island issued a singles compilation "Somebody To Love" but the original debut LP remains unreleased.

After the Island debacle, the band regrouped, added new members Brian O'Briain (ex The Host) on pipes and Aingeala de Burca on violin and wrote some new material. They signed to Virgin Records and finally released an album in 1987, titled "Vaudeville". De Burca was replaced by Lovely Previn (of the Wilf Brothers) after recording of the second album "The Long Acre" in 1988.

In Tua Nua split somewhat acrimoniously following completion of their unreleased third in 1989. This was finally made available (as an itunes download only, alas) in 2007 thanks to the efforts of Paul Byrne.

In Tua Nua appeared on TV in Ireland (RTE) and elsewhere many times over the years. Besides promo films and mimed performances, there are also live recordings including a full RTE In Concert show and a BBC Radio In Concert hour from ca 1989. They also appeared at Self Aid in 1986 and a video of their performance of "Seven into the Sea" was used as a promo clip for the "Live For Ireland" album.

Leslie Dowdall pursued a solo career. Paul Byrne recorded as Sugar Candy Mountain and was later a member (with Steve Wickham among others) of the Texas Kellys, a bluegrass outfit who released a mini-CD "Stay All Night" in 1996 which included a track originally by In Tua Nua ("Jealous Knife", by Martin Clancy). Jack Dublin formed The Great Divide with Matt Spalding and Jenny Newman (vocals, ex Toy With Rhythm), and later managed Christina Calls. He eventually return to his pre musical career as a painter/decorator and is now a full time interior designer, but is also gigging again with the Gravediggers, as is Paul Byrne, who also works at Phonic Studios in Dublin. Aingeala De Burca was involved with the Harvest Ministers.

In Tua Nua reformed for one-off gig on Easter Sunday 2004 and subsequenly played more shows.



Discography

• Welcome To The Freshness
K7 - 1983 - 100 copies approx
demo tape available in local shops in Howth
Possibly includes the track "Summit".


• Dave Fanning Session
Recorded mid-1983


• 2nd demo tape
K7 - 1983


• Coming Thru' / Laughing At The Moon
7" - Mother Records - 001 - 1984 - PS


signed to Island Records


• Take My Hand / Fire In My Heart
7" - Island Records - IS 211 - 1984 - PS
• Take My Hand // Coming Thru' / Fire In My Heart
12" - Island Records - 12 IS 211 - 1984 - foc


• Peel Session, date unknown, circa 1984-85


• Somebdoy To Love / Into The Dark
7" - Island Records - IS 223 - 1985 - PS
• Somebdoy To Love // Sleeping Tide / Into The Dark
12" - Island Records - 12 IS 223 - 1985 - PS


• Blue Eyes Again / No Love, No Pain
7" - Island Records - IS 254 - IRL - 1985 - PS
• Blue Eyes Again / No Love, No Pain // King of Kings / Stop, Turn
12" - Island Records - 12 IS 254 - IRL - 1985 - PS
Only released in Ireland.


• Somebody To Love
LP/CD - Island Records - NUA 10 - 1986


signed to Virgin Records


• Seven Into the Sea / Ballad of Irish Love
7" - Virgin Records - VS 885 - 1986 - PS
7" - Virgin Records - 108.381 - NL - 1986 - PS
• Seven Into the Sea (extended version) // Ballad of Irish Love / Seven Into the Sea (7inch version)
12" - Virgin Records - VS 88512 - 1986 - PS


• Heaven Can Wait / Belt Me
7" - Virgin Records - VS 939 - 1987 - PS
• Heaven Can Wait / Belt Me / The Man
12" - Virgin Records - VS 93912 - 1987 - PS


• Vaudeville
LP - Virgin Records - V 2421 - 1987 - inner sleeve
CD - Virgin Records - VCD 2421 - 1987

Note:
All (CD?) versions listed "Vaudeville" as the final track, but not all pressings contain this track.



• Some Things Never Change / Vaudeville // Ballad of St. Patrick / Alternative Voice of America
12" - Virgin Records - VST 1023 - 1987 - PS

thanks to Günter for the scans


• The Long Acre
LP - Virgin Records - V 2526 - UK - 1988 - inner sleeve
LP - Virgin Records - STVR86952 - USA - 1988 - different PS, different track listing
CD - Virgin Records - CDV 2526 - UK - 1988
CD - Virgin Records - 2-90948 - USA - 1988
CD - Virgin Records - VJD-32084 - Japan - 1988 - obi
CD - MP Records - MPRCD057 - Italy - 2010 - digipak, 3 bonus tracks


• All I Wanted / The Word Punishment
7" - Virgin Records - VS 1072 - 1988 - PS
• All I Wanted / The Word Punishment / Holy Hour at the Beggars Bush
12" - Virgin Records - VST 1072 - 1988 - PS
• All I Wanted / The Word Punishment / Holy Hour at the Beggars Bush / An Inch of an Acre
CDS - Virgin Records - VSCD 1072 - 1988 - PS


• All I Wanted (single remix)
12" - Virgin Records - PR 2349 - USA - 1988 - PS, one sided promo
Same track both sides


• Don't Fear Me Now / Everybody's Darling
7" - Virgin Records - VS 1091 - 1988 - PS
• Don't Fear Me Now / Everybody's Darling / See No Evil / The Burning Of The Midnight Lamp
12" - Virgin Records - VST 1091 - 1988 - PS
• Don't Fear Me Now / Boys Keep Swinging / All I Wanted / Everybody's Darling
CDS - Virgin Records - VST 1091 - 1988 - PS


• Wheel of Evil / The Innocent And The Honest Ones (live)
7" - Virgin Records - VS 1118 - 1988 - PS
• Wheel of Evil // The Innocent And The Honest Ones (live) / Heaven Can Wait (live)
12" - Virgin Records - VST 1118 - 1988 - PS
• Wheel of Evil // The Innocent And The Honest Ones (live) / Heaven Can Wait (live) / Molloy
cds - Virgin Records - VSCD 1118 - 1988 - PS


• various artists - Live for Ireland
2xLP - MCA Records - MCGD 6027 - IRL - 1988
Recorded live at Self Aid.
See Compilations section for full track listing.


• (unreleased third album)
K7 - Virgin Records - 30 October 1989 - promo only advance cassette

Notes: A Virgin's "Pre Cut" release sent out to journalists and the like. The release was eventually cancelled. All but two (¹) of the eleven tracks finally surfaced on When Night Came Down On Sunset, released in 2007.



• When Night Came Down On Sunset
CD - promo only - 2007
iTunes Download - 2007
Recorded 1989

Notes:
The unreleased third album, 11 tracks recorded in LA in 1989, finally released in 2007, albeit as an iTunes download only. To get it, click here. Note "Sweet Lorraine" is not a Uriah Heep cover!




Help!

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Thanks to Tim Barnes

See Also: Assembley, Deaf Actor, Erin Saga, Rhythm Kings, Wilf Brothers



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