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Hennigan's Blooze Band

From: Sligo

Active: 1986-88

Style: Blues



Led by Laim Gilmartin, singer and main songwriter. As the name suggests, they were a blues/pubrock band.

Liam Gilmartin began playing in the late 1970s with Jargon, a folk/bluegrass group led by Charlie McGettigan. They recorded for the Bus label in the 1980s (McGettigan went on to Eurovision success/shame in the 1990s). Liam Gilmartin then joined the more traditional Stocktonís Wing in the early 1980s, playing guitar, bass and drums with the band. In 1984 he joined Hennigan's Blooze Band. James Blennerhassett had been in Easy Listenin' (Sligo based band active ca 1974 who backed Sandy Duskey of The Duskeys), Fit Kilkenny & The Remoulds (ca 1977-79) and the Kim Newport Band (1979-83).

Hennigans released three singles during 1986-87. The second of these, "That's What It Says" ditches the straight blues approach for Dire Straits territory. This charted in Ireland in January 1987 and the band appeared on RTE's Megamix show in a film shot at the Cathedral Club in Dublin 1987 (see external links below). The third single was released on their own HBB label. The band was in negotiation with Polydor about recording an album when they split in 1988.

Their 1987 demo includes the unreleased track "Gunfire". Other unreleased originals include "End Of The Line" and "Slow Day".

In 1988, Liam Gilmartin and Francie Lenehen joined Ray Lynam's country rock band. James Blennerhassett played with Conquerors in the 1990s.


• Don't Slow Down / Treat Her Right
7" - Bus Records - BUS 33 - 1986 - PS

• That's What He Says / Talk To Me Baby
7" - Bus Records - BUS 37 - November 1986 - PS
Entered the Irish charts on 11th January 1987 for a 2 week run, peaking at #27.

• Tryin' to Make A Fool Out Of Me / In the Red
7" - HBB Records - HBB 001 - 1987 - some with PS


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External Links: Hennigan's on You Tube

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