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Dust Devils

From: Gorey, Co.Wexford

Active: 1988-1994

Style: Indie



Irish indie band from Gorey in Co. Wexford who later incorporated more folk and trad influences in their music and have reformed occasionally since their initial split in 1994, usually billed as the Tasmanian Dust Devils.

They began life in Cormac 'Butz' O'Toole's garage in Courtown in 1988, playing covers of AC/DC and Bon Jovi among others, and unaware of the existance of the Leeds/New York band of the same name signed to Matador Records. O'Toole and O'Callaghan became the main songwriters, and began introducing more and more original material into their set in the early 90s. Mandy Kinsella's fiddle gave the band a different dimension, adding folk and traditional influences to their sound. Live they also covered Horslips and The Waterboys, among others.

The band released one single on the Mother Records subsiduary Son in 1993. While Kaleidoscope Days received some airplay, it was not the bands choice for single, as it was not representative of their sound. They played some high profile gigs the same year, including support for Joe Ely at the National Stadium, the Mean Fiddler tent at the Fleadh Mor in Tramore (with Moving Hearts and Lindisfarne), and Feile in Cork in 1994. Cormac O'Toole left in 1993 and was replaced by Tom 'Scut' Byrne. When Mick Acton left in the same year, Gerry O'Callaghan switched to drums before the band split.

Gerry O'Callaghan performs solo under the name Gerry Mann. The Tasmanian Dust Devils continue to perform on occasion in the Wexford area.


• Kaleidoscope Days
CDS - SON Records - BUASD 193 - IRL - 1993


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