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From: Sligo / USA

Active: 1973 - August 1976

Style: folk / folk rock


Adverts for two Pumpkinhead appearances at the Jolly Beggar Folk Club in Galway on 10 November 1973 and 2 Feb 1974, hosted at the Coachman Hotel.   Turn of the Century, Salthill, Galway, 3 March 1974.



Irish-American band formed in Sligo by Thom Moore, who arrived in Ireland in 1971, his wife Kathy, and another American couple Rick and Sandi Epping [all four members were American]. They won the singing group competition at the ffith Letterkenny International Folk Festival in Donegal in 1973 and were signed by John Woods of Polydor Records. Three singles followed on Polydor but no album deal was forthcoming.

Their debut album was the first LP released on Mulligan Records at the end of 1975. The beautiful cover was designed by Kathy. It's a mixture of traditional tunes, band originals and covers, including a fine version of Neil Young's "Are You Ready For The Country". This mixture of trad folk and West Coast country rock was very popular at the time. The band split in August 1976. Thom Moore later fronted Midnight Well.


• Sheperd And Son / Greenwood Sidney
7" - Polydor Records - 2078 040 - 1973 - PS
Some copies with picture sleeve

• Holy Moses / Golden Thread
7" - Polydor Records - 2058 511 - 1973 - PS?

• Great Dream from Heaven / Murphy's Hornpipe
7" - Polydor Records - 2058 536 - 1974 - PS?
Produced by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter
A-side by Joseph Spence, B-side trad.arr

• Are You Ready For The Country / Castle Kelly
7" - Mulligan - LUNS 002 - IRL - 1976

• Pretend It Never Happened / Cowboy Waltz
7" - Mulligan - LUNS 004 - IRL - 1976

• s/t
LP - Mulligan Records - LUN001 - 1976
Recorded at Dublin Sound Studios.
Produced by Donal Lunny. Associate producer Michael O'Domhnaill.

Notes: With guests Ciaran Brennan (Clannad) (double bass), Robbie Brennan (Skid Row, Brush Shiels Band) (drims, congas), Kevin Burke (fiddle), Jimmy Faulkner (Jimi Slevin Band) (slide guitar), Donal Lunny (Emmet Spiceland, Planxty, Moving Hearts) (bouzouki, backging vocals) and Andy Rice (tuba).

See also: Midnight Well

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