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Incomplete Entries (60s&70s)

The following is a list of bands I need much more information about in order to create an entry in the database. I still need help with most of the existing band entries too, of course, as many need correcting and expanding, but the bands listed below have no entry at all at the moment, or only a skeletal one. I need basic bio info about these bands. If you remember anything about any of them, then please get in touch.









Events

(might jog some memories)

• 14 July 1970 - Progressive Music Concert - St. Aidan's Hall, Dublin.
Granny's Intentions, Blueshouse, The Urge, Macbeth, Switch, Thin Lizzy, White Magic, The Few

• 4 September 1970 - Open Air Festival - Richmond Park, Dublin.

Mungo Jerry, Granny's Intentions, White Magic, Blueshouse, Thin Lizzie, Teddie Palmer & Rumble Band, Portrait, Gipsy

• 8 August 1971 - Rock in the Hollow - Free Open Air Concert at Blackrock Park, Dublin.
Thin Lizzy, Horslips, Elmer Fudd, Gypsy Rock, Supply Demand & Curve, Mellow Candle.


• 24 June 1977 - Macroom Mountain Dew Festival - One Day Open Air Concert in the grounds of Macroom Castle, Cork.
Rory Gallagher (headliner), Roland (Belgium?), Sonny Condell backed by Supply Demand & Curve, Nutz (UK), Sunset.


• 24 June 1978 - Macroom Mountain Dew Festival - One Day Open Air Concert in the grounds of Macroom Castle, Cork.
Rory Gallagher (headliner), Joe O'Donnell's Vision Band, The Cimarons (UK), Jenny Haan's Lion (UK), Hot Guitars, Stepaside.



Abbey

From: Howth
Active: 1975
Style:
Lineup:

Bio: With 14 year old Paul Brown (b.1961) AKA Jack Dublin, later in Rocky DeValera & Gravediggers, In Tua Nua, etc. Other members include Mick Shannon and Colm O'Hare. Sole gig at Sutton community centre.



Advent

From: ?
Active: circa 1971
Style: Harmony Pop
Lineup:

Bio:



Allied Brick and Stone

From: Dublin
Active: circa 1975
Style: Rock / Bluesrock

Bio: Rock and blues covers band (Deep Purple, Wishbone Ash, Ten Years After, Free, etc) who toured round the country and occasionally played in the Baggot Inn, Dublin. With Seamus Mallen (drums).



Andala

From: ?
Active: circa 1971
Style: Psychedelic

Bio: Reputedly psychedelic, using distortion and free playing. No recordings. Is this in fact Andwella? Or should it be Mandala? There was a US hippie band called Mandala active in Dublin in the early 70s. They had a van they practically lived in.



Apex Jazz Band

From: Belfast
Active: circa 1979
Style: Jazzz

Bio:



Aquarius

From: Sligo
Active: 1973-4
Style:
Lineup:

Bio: Later with Dick Lynott & Kieran Dykes. More details please.



Aton

From: Dublin
Active: ca 1972-75
Style: Rock
Lineup:

Bio: Dublin rock band active for at least three years in the early/mid 70s, who had a regular Saturday night residency in Kelly's pub on Dublin's south quays. Gorman, Elliot and Hanna were from Cabra, Andrews and Fitzsimons from Donnycarney. Aton played covers (Hendrex/Zeppelin/Free) as well as their own material. They received some press attention and recorded two tracks which were never released.
Eamon O'Sullivan (bass) joined from The Trench Band in 1973. He recalls rehearsing on Winetavern Street and finishing 2nd in the Pepsi Supergroup competition in the Zero Zero club in Dublin some time in 1973.
Andrews & Fitzsimons later played in the Norman Teeling Band, appearing on his unreleased first LP.



Harvey Bagenal

From: ?
Active: circa 1971
Style:

Bio:



Black Knight(s)

From: Ennis
Active: circa 1971
Style:


Supporting Elmer Fudd in Galway 25 November 1971

Bio: Rock band who appeared at the Ballyvaughan Peace Festival in 1971. (Probably) named after Deep Purple song.



Boutique

From: Belfast
Active: late 60s/early 70s
Style:

Bio:



Bronco

From: Belfast
Active: 1979-82
Style:

Bio: Featuring Kenny McDowell on vocals ( ex Them, Mad Lads and College Boys). Reputedly brilliant band who never got the recognition they deserved. Bronco merged with Light to form SK'BOO.



Brotherly Love

From: IRL?
Active: ca 1975
Style:

Bio: Brotherly Love appeared on 'Aimen High' (RTE TV) on 12 April 1975 and I'm afraid that's all I know about them. The still in the RTE archive shows a singer, guitaist, bassist and keyboards player - presumably the drummer was out of shot.



Chad AKA The Chad

From: Dublin?
Active: late 60s - early 70s
Style:

Bio: This band was around for a number of years but no-one seems to remember them. Lead singer John Caine. Released a single on Columbia (IDB 776, That Wonderful Mother Of Mine / Mamma's Waiting) in 1971.



Chocolate Vehicle

From: ?
Active: circa 1971
Style:

Bio: Quartet singer Eric Murray (ex Blue) and guitarist Jimmy Marshall. This band was sponsored by Jacob's to promote their Club Milk bar in a TV advert in 1971.



Clawhammer

From: ?
Active: c1972
Style:
Lineup:

Bio: Played the Foxrock Folk Club, where gigs were regularly recorded on reel-to-reel, on 15 May 1972.



Crock

From: Dublin
Active: 1973-
Style:

Bio: Quintet formed in Dublin in 1973 from ex members of Blackbird and Railroad.



The Debonaires

From:
Active: 60s
Style:

Bio: Short-lived beat group who made little impact.


Discography:

• A Love Of Our Own / The Night Meets The Dawn
7" - Pye Records - 7N 17151 - UK - 1966

• Crying Behind Your Smile / Forever More
7" - Pye Records - 7N 17204 - UK - 1966


Demon Duck

From: Maynooth
Active: early 70s
Style:

Bio: Heavy rock band who played the clubs regularly in 1971-73. Some members left in 1973 to form Zebedee


 

 

Demon Duck Galway gig adverts 1971-73


Dickensia

From: ?
Active: c1969
Style:
Lineup:

Bio: Played the Foxrock Folk Club, where gigs were regularly recorded on reel-to-reel, on 25 May 1969.



Dickler Fitz

From: Galway
Active: ca 1973
Style:
Lineup:

Bio: Galway folk trio signed to Polydor Records in 1973 following their appearance at the fifth Letterkenny International Folk Festival. But did they record anything?



Dim Reflection

From: ?
Active: c1970-71
Style:
Lineup:

Bio: Played the Foxrock Folk Club, where gigs were regularly recorded on reel-to-reel, twice, on 26 April 1970 and 5 December 1971.



Dirty Dozen

From: Dublin?
Active: late 60s - 1972
Style:

Bio: Acoustic blues outfit feat Johnny Norris. With Declan McNeilis (bass).



Doll's House

From: ?
Active: 1969
Style:

Bio: Trio with Joe Creighton (bass). Named after the 1968 Family album?



Druid's Prayer

From: ?
Active: 1969
Style:

Bio:



Elas Horn (or Elias Horn?)

From: ?
Active: circa 1971
Style:

Bio: Acoustic outfit



Equinox

From: ?
Active: circa 1972-73
Style:

Bio: A short lived band consisting of Ed Deane (guitar), Jim McCarthy(?) (sometime Blueshouse bassist?), Paul Mahon (keyboards), and 'Little Pete' (percussion). Their only notable gig was UCD in 1972 or 1973 where they stole the show. There are no recordings.



The Executive Suite

From: ?
Active: 1970
Style:
Lineup:

Bio:



Factory

From: ?
Active: late 60s
Style:

Bio: Late 60s quartet about whom I know nothing.



Feather

From: ?
Active:
Style:

Bio: progressive band



The Few

From: Belfast
Active: circa 1965-70
Style:

Bio: Began as a beat group formed at Methodist College in Belfast in 1965, developed into an out-and-out blues band. Supported Fleetwood Mac at the Ulster Hall? Terry Lendrum, Brian Russell (RIP), Alan Wheeler, Greg Wheeler, Peter Galbraith. Donie Ryan was also in the band and moved to South Africa when they split.



The Few playing the third night at the opening week of Club A Go Go in Limerick in July 1966.



Fifth Degree

From: Kilkenny
Active: early/mid 60s
Style:

Bio: Quintet active in the early/mid 60s in the Kilkenny area.



Fire Brigade

From: Dublin
Active: 60s
Style:

Bio: Dublin group the Fire Brigade later added a horn section and became The Clouds Showband, but what was the original band like? Lead singer Austin Smith.



The Fix

From: ?
Active:
Style:

Bio: Trio with Eddie Creighton



The Fleet

From: ?
Active:
Style:

Bio:


Discography:

• Higher & Higher / High On A Mountain
7" - Hawk Records - HASP ??? - IRL - 1973 - PS


Fugitives

From:
Active: 60s/70s
Style:
Lineup:

Bio: Mitch Mahon's band before or after The Editions. By 1973 The Fugitives were fronted by a female singer named Cathy.



Generation Gap

From: Sligo
Active: 1971
Style:
Lineup:

Bio: Supported Thin Lizzy at Summerhill College on 23rd October 1971



Gipsy

From: ?
Active: circa 1970
Style:

Bio: On the bill of the Open Air Festival held at Richmond Park in Dublin on 4 September 1970.



Good Tymes

From: ?
Active:
Style:

Bio: With Mike O'Brien (vocals), later in the Real McCoy; Robbie Brennan (drums), later in various bands; Donie Devaney; a.o.



Gnumps

From: Dublin?
Active: circa 1965-66
Style:

Bio: Lead singer Mick O'Brien later in The Real McCoy.



Harmony Heights

From: Dublin.
Active: early 70s?
Style:
Lineup:

Bio: Monday night residency at TV CLub.



Harpo's Hat Band

From: ?
Active: circa 1971
Style:

Bio: AKA The Hat Gang. Supported headliners Alice at the Indoor Pop Festival at Alice's Restaurant, Wolfe Tone Street, Dublin on 21 August 1971.



Homer's Oddities

From: Athlone
Active: 60s
Style:
Lineup:

Bio: Described as an uptempo beat/mod combo. Played Christmas '68 at a Variety Concert in the 1969 Marist College Annual in Athlone.



Hot Air Machine

From: ?
Active: 1970
Style:
Lineup:

Bio: Eric Murray was also in The Strangers and The Sands.



Supporting the Real McCoy at the Talk of the Town, Galway, 17 April 1970



Instantaneous Mood

From: ?
Active: c1969
Style:
Lineup:

Bio: Played the Foxrock Folk Club, where gigs were regularly recorded on reel-to-reel, on 27 April 1969.



Jack

From: Dublin
Active: 1973
Style:

Bio: Short-lived rock band formed from the remains of Adolf J Rag and The Urge. Played the Dublin club scene but progress was halted mid-1973 by 2 members being lured away to join The Gentry who were by then a pop showband.





Jazz Odyssey

From: Dublin?
Active: late 70s
Style: Jazz
Lineup:

Bio: One of the handful of jazz bands active during the 1970s. With Dara O'Lochlainn (vocals), Joey Mc Intyre (trumpet & flugel horn) and Tony Drennan (piano). They played a regular Thursday night gig at the Crofton Airport Hotel in February 1979. According to a contemporary review, their set at the Killiney Court Hotel in May 1979 opened with New Orleans style jazz. Dara O'Lochlainn was jazz correspondent for In Dublin magazine a.o.



Jack Hill Express

From: Belfast?
Active: late 60s
Style: power trio
Lineup:

Bio: Late 60s trio. Most memorable gig was supporting Taste and Cheese. Tom Teegan later in Night Prowler and No Smokin'. Jack Hill & Tom Teegan later in late 70s/early '80s band Val & Vendetta with Val (vocals) and Ray McCullough (bass & vocals)



Joyless Eye

From: Limerick
Active: circa 1973-74
Style:
Lineup:

Bio: Led by Francis O'Donnell, younger brother of Joe O'Donnell, and managed by another sibling, sister Kay. Is this the same Pat Buckley who later fronted The Media during the 1980s?



Jimmy Skinner

From: Limerick
Active: 60s
Style: beat
Lineup:

Bio: Limerick beat group.



Judgement

From: Galway
Active: circa 1973
Style:

Bio: Heavy trio whose set in 1973 was 50% covers, 50% band originals. Made waves locally.



Julian's Heirs

From: ?
Active: 1970
Style:
Lineup:

Bio: With the three Kiely brothers. Michael Kiely later in Cromwell and The Establishment. Described as a "horrible little pop band" by original Cromwell vocalist Mick O'Hagan.



Liberation

From: Dublin
Active: ca 1972
Style:
Lineup:

Bio: Six piece pop group from Whitehall in Dublin, formed in 1972. Played anything from country to rock.



Loose Rainbow

From: ?
Active: c1971
Style:
Lineup:

Bio: Played the Foxrock Folk Club, where gigs were regularly recorded on reel-to-reel, on 24 October 1971.



Lotus

From: Dublin?
Active: c1973
Style:

Bio:



Lovin' Kind

From: N.IRL
Active: ca 1976
Style:

Bio: Several bands used this name (with the first word spelt 'Lovin' or 'Luvin') so I'm not sure who this outfit were exactly, except that they were most probably from the north and favoured a poppy, bubblegum sound. Needless to say, the A-side is NOT a Zeppelin cover! Any more details greatly appreciated.


Discography:

• I'm Goin' To California / Dance Dance Dance
7" - Lovin' Kind Records - LK 001 - IRL - 1976




Luvin' Memory

From: Belfast?
Active:
Style:

Bio: Supported Taste and The Plattermen.



Magic Garden

From: Dublin?
Active: Formed 1969
Style:

Bio:



Mercury

From: Howth?
Active: mid70s
Style:

Bio: With 15 year old drummer Paul Byrne, later in Sounds Unreel/Deaf Actor/In Tua Nua. Played the 1976(?) Peace Concert organised by Legalise Cannabis activist Ubi Dwyer in the Phoenix Park. Mercury continued into the 80s as a hard rock/metal act playing all original material plus the odd AC/DC cover, with Mick O'Leary on guitar.



Monopoly

From: Irish?
Active: ca 1970
Style:

Bio: Not sure about this one. There was an Irish band called Monopoly in the late 60s described as "garage beat", but is this the same band who made a single for Pye in 1970. The A-side is forgettable pop but the B-side sounds earlier and is credited to Terry Fahy, so this could be the Irish band. Anyone know any more about this? Produced by Barry Ainsworth. A Marathon Production. Nothing to do with Raymond Froggatt's Monopoly who recorded for Polydor.


Discography:

• We Belong Together / Gone Tomorrow
7" - Pye Records - 7N 17940 - UK - 1970



Niro Jade

From: Coolock, Dublin
Active: 1973
Style:

Bio: Main protagonists Dave Sweeny (or Swenny, guitar) and Tony (Anto) Kelly (drums). Fran Leonard played guitar during 1973-74. Dave Sweeny and Tony Kelly later in Room Service. Kelly was also later in The Shy and Frame of Mind. More details appreciated.



Originals

From: ?
Active: 1970
Style:

Bio:



Overnight Bag

From: Dublin?
Active: late 70s
Style: Jazz
Lineup:

Bio: One of the handful of jazz bands active during the 1970s. Reputedly raucous sax player.



Red Peters Band

From: Dublin?
Active: 70s
Style:
Lineup:

Bio: Dates back to the late 60s folk & blues scene. Declan McNeilis was in the Dirty Dozen who split in 1972. Red Peters was also in the Medium Wave Band (c1974). The Red Peters Band became the Mystery Train in 1978.
In 2014, Blue Navigator released a 2xCD set titled 'Red Peters: Rare Recordings 1968 -1989', consisting of live and radio recordings.



Martin Phelan & The Knights

From: Dublin?
Active: ca 1979
Style: Jazz
Lineup:

Bio: One of the handful of jazz bands active during the 1970s.



Pickford Set

From: Dun Laoghaire
Active: late 60s?
Style:
Lineup:

Bio: The Pickford Set went on to become Freewheel and later Jason and Chateau (and possibly Cable), active circa 1969-71. All these bands were managed by Dick Merrigan.



Pink Champange

From: Dun Laoghaire
Active: early 70s
Style:
Lineup:

Bio:



Plad Cat

From: ?
Active: c1971-72
Style:
Lineup:

Bio: Played the Foxrock Folk Club, where gigs were regularly recorded on reel-to-reel, on 9 January 1972.



Pyramid

From: Thurles
Active: c1973
Style:
Lineup:

Bio: Initially a four-piece rock group formed by ex members of Slowcoach, another local (Co.Tipperary) band who went showband. Influenced by Hawkwind, who they met during their 1972 tour, but described by the time they were a quintet as Santana-esque, with lots of original material.



Reflections

From: ?
Active: 1970
Style:

Bio:



Rising Sons (Polydor)

From: Dublin
Active: early 70s
Style:

Bio: Single on Polydor in 1972 . . . This is not the same Rising Sons who recorded for Pye in 1968 ("Just A Little While Longer") or the South African band active in the late 60s and early 70s who also recorded for Polydor and had singles releases in Europe.



Scripto

From: Letterkenny
Active: circa 1973-74
Style:

Bio:


 
"Very big on the Northern scene". Listings for two gigs at The Hangar, Salthill, Galway on 23 June & 28 July 1973.


Secundus

From: Athlone
Active: circa 1973
Style:

Bio:



 
Secundus supporting Clovehitch on two occasions in 1973


The Shadracks

From: Dublin
Active: circa 1965
Style:

Bio: Quartet with Patrick 'Ditch' Cassidy who played in the bill at Sound City on opening night supporting The Greenbeats and Bluesville. Ditch was recruited to join The Kingbees.



Shaft

From: ???
Active: circa 1975
Style: Pop showband

Bio: All I know about this outfit is they released a single in 1976 titled 'Long Time Blues' on their own Shaft label (ST 001). The A-side is credited to Kelly. The B-side is unknown to me. There's a photo of Shaft on irish-showbands.com showing 8 musicians, two of whom look familiar but I can't place them. Managed by Brian Maguire, represented by Tommy Hayden Enterprises. Categorised as a pop showband on that site, and described as sounding "kind of bubblegum style" by an ebay seller, both descriptions somewhat at odds with a title like 'Long Time Blues'. So who knows?


Discography:

• Long Time Blues / ???
7" - Shaft Records - ST 001 - 1976 - no PS?




Sheriff

From: Dublin
Active: circa 1973
Style:

Bio: Rock band with singer Pat Ward, noted for his Bowie-esque image. The band made a big impact when they first emerged in 1973 (aided by a clever 'Support Your Local Sheriff' poster campaign), and played the Phoenix Park free concert on July 1st. But they lost impact, and Ward was replaced after a few months by Benny White, ex Elmer Fudd, in the autumn of 1973, who in turn made way for Davy Hall by the end of the year.



Smokestack

From: ?
Active: 1970
Style:

Bio:



Snakehips (or Snake Hips)

From: Dublin
Active: mid-70s
Style:

Bio: Reputedly a rock group, but the record label and song titles of their lone single suggest otherwise.


Discography:

• Runaway / Tennessee Waltz
7" - Emerald Records - MD 1173 - 1974 - no PS?


Listing for the Yacht Club, Galway from June 1973


Leisureland, Galway, Easter 1974, mentions "Runaway" single


Opening week at another Galway club Rivelino's in June 1975


Sorrow Acre

From: Dublin
Active: mid-70s
Style: Heavy Blues Rock
Lineup: