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From: Belfast

Active: ca 1976

Style: Rock

Squinter Dan Lineup:
Dirtywork Lineup:


Iggy Ward, Shorty O'Kane & Peter McKinney had been in popular Belfast rock band Squinter Dan, formed in 1975. They changed their name to Dirtywork in 1976. Dirtywork merged with the remains of the disbanded Katmandu adding frontman Martyn Lundy (vocals), Tommy Lundy (rhythm guitar), Ronan O'Callaghan (keyboards) to the lineup. Geraldine McKeever, who by then was studying music in Belfast, began to sing with the group. She appears on their 1976 single, a reggae version of 'The Rose of Tralee' backed with an uptempo rock track 'Belfast City Girl'.

Martyn Lundy left the band and re-formed a Belfast-based Katmandu in 1978. The rest of Dirtywork took up an offer from Dublin band manager Louis Walsh to become a backing band for Irish singer Tony Kenny. When The Tony Kenny Band split in 1980, Tommy Lundy & Ronan O'Callaghan joined Crackers who quickly became The Crack and Shorty O'Kane joined Dublin based Rock'n'Roll revival band Daddy Cool & The Lollipops. Ronan O'Callaghan and Geraldine McKeever, who'd married in 1978, moved to Derry in 1983.

Iggy Ward & Peter McKinney returned to Belfast, teaming up once again with Marty Lundy as Katmandu, this time joined by Trevor Hutchinson on Bass & Pat Fitzpatrick on Keyboards. This finalised the familiar line-up and the band soon moved back to Dublin. See the Katmandu entry for more details.


• The Rose Of Tralee / Belfast City Girl
7" - Aztec Records - no cat.nbr - UK - 1976 - no PS


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