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Violet Sky

From: Belfast

Active: 1980-




One of many promising bands on the excellent "First Things First ... It's A Strange Kettle Of Fish Vol.1" various artists compilation LP (1987) who were unable to make a break through, despite coming close on several occasions.

Violet Sky had tracks played on the radio in 'battle of the bands' style competitions with other local bands such as No Hot Ashes and True Colours and came out with most votes received. They won the Sony Tape Rock And Pop Challenge in 1985, appearing on the front of the Belfast Telegraph (the first band to do so in colour). They were finalists in the Carling/Hot Press Battle of Bands at Sir Henrys in Cork two years running, losing out to The Subterraneans in 1986 and Azure Days in 1987. They played Lark by the Lee in Cork with In Tua Nua and The Fountainhead. They appeared on RTE TV on Megamix, miming "Kings of Nothing" in 1987.

The band almost signed a management contract with ex Boomtown Rat Gerry Cott and nearly landed a record deal with WEA, a deal which instead went to The Adventures. It was not to be.

They changed their name to Adams People In The Big World, adding Micky Norwood (ex Out of the Shadow) on guitar/keyboards and did some gigs around Belfast and appeared on the N.Ireland TV show Channel One, broadcast live from the Coach in Banbridge, miming the track "Even When I Close My Eyes". But success eluded them.

Stevie Strange was drummer at one stage. Her later became a successful promoter in London.

Phil Rossi next formed Peacefrog with Davy McLaron (ex Shock Treatment). Mark Rossi formed The Rainbow Bridge and worked with Eamon Keyes (ex Saigon) as beeZwax. More info on this bands ASAP. Mark Rossi later emigrated to New Zealand.


• various artists - First Things First ... It's A Strange Kettle Of Fish Vol.1
LP - One By One Records - FIRST 1 - UK - 1987
See Compilations section for full track listing.


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See Also: Perfect Crime, Ten Past Seven, VHF

External Links: Eamonn P.Keyes

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