Vanilla Essence were a blues rock band from the Dundalk area active during the second half of the seventies. They covered John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, The Zombies, Rory Gallagher, Wishbone Ash, Led Zeppelin ("Stairway"!) and Lindisfarne, including a 15 minute rendition of the latter's "Lady Eleanor" for which they are well remembered.
There are no recordings apart from some live tapes which you can now find on youtube including covers of "Badge", "It Hurts Me Too", "Lady Eleanor", and five more. These show Vanilla Essence to have been a superior covers band. They played the clubs around the Louth area -- The Cellars and Afton Club in Dundalk, The Penny Farthing in Drogheda, a Saturday night residency at Enda's Bar in Dundalk during 1976-77 -- and once did a support slot at UCD, opening for the Rosemarie Taylor Band in 1978.
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