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The Crypt

From: Rathfriland, Co.Down

Active: circa 1967-72


Lineup ca 1967:
Lineup ca 1969:


The band formed in Rathfriland, Co.Down in 1967. The original lineup included Mark Fitzpatrick on lead guitar and George Elias on drums, later replaced by Mick Loughran and Brian Donaghy. The band played in Dublin regularly and became good friends with Thin Lizzy, often staying with Phil Lynott in Clontarf. They eventually relocated to Dublin. Sean Walsh (brother of Maurice) was their manager (not Ollie Byrne as prevously listed--ed), as was Larry Mooney later on. The Crypt supported headliners Alice at the Indoor Pop Festival at Alice's Restaurant, Wolfe Tone Street, Dublin on 21 August 1971.

The Crypt appeared on Like Now RTE TV circa 1970 performing 'Monday'. Audio tape of this performance still exists. They recorded a two song demo in Trend Studios ("Monday" and "Jane"), mixed and produced by John D'Ardis, an acetate of which still exists.

Barry Manson left to form Iron Horse ca 1970. Brian Donaghy also played with Alyce and was later in The Gentry and Chips.

Barry Manson currently lives in Sheffield, Brian Donaghy in Dublin, Bill Wilson in Banbridge Co.Down. Mick Loughran in Newry Co.Down and Sean Darby in Canada.

Crypt at Saxo's Revolution, Galway in 1972, on Jan 15 and Feb 19

The Crypt, LR: Sean Darby, Barry Manson, Brian Donaghy, Mick Loughran, Bill Wilson
[photo courtesy Barry Manson]

The Crypt onstage
[photo courtesy Barry Manson]

See also: Iron Horse

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thanks to Barry Manson

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