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Platform / Ray Kennedy & Platform

From: IRL

Active: 1974-198?

Style: Folk / Ballad

Lineup :


Dublin based folk/ballad trio led by Ray Kennedy from Westport, Co. Mayo, with Billy Merriman from Ballyfermot, Dublin and Paul Halpin who was later replaced by Brian O'Connor.

Their debut LP in 1977 is let down by a tracklisting which is about as generic as you could imagine. This perhaps explains why there is little interest in it among collectors today. Liam Hickey had joined by the time of 1979's In Good Form LP is better but still derivative. If the debut LP is their Dubliners/Wolfe Tones LP, this is their Makem & Clancy LP.

The band recorded several singles into the '80s wen they were billed as Ray Kennedy & Platform.


• You May Travel Far Far...
LP - Olympic Records - OBL 115 - IRL - 1977

Notes: Recorded at Trend Studios with Joe Farrelly on bass. Produced by Marcus Connaughton. The front cover shows an Aer Lingus plane and the back carries the legend "Special Thanks to Aer Lingus Publicity Department", so some form of sponsorship relationship may have been active at the time.

Platform reputedly recorded a further two albums for K-Tel Records.

• In Good Form
LP - ID Records - IDLP 2017 - IRL - 1979 - lyric insert

Notes: Recorded at Trend Studios. Produced by Paddy McGuigan who also did most of the arrangements and provided three of the songs.

• The Brave United Men / Whelan's Frolics
7" - ID Records - IDSS 025 - IRL - 1979 - PS?
Both tracks from the In Good Form LP.

Ray Kennedy & Platform - Love Is A Game / The Deadly Box Of War
7" - Globe Records - GLO 13 - IRL - 1982 - PS?

Ray Kennedy & Platform - Four Strong Winds / Geraldine
7" - Globe Records - GLO 121 - IRL - 198? - PS?
B-side credited to Ray Kennedy & Platform with Donabate Youth Choir.
Recorded at Lombard and Windmill studios, Dublin.

• Song of Mayo / Love Is A Game
7" - Zoom Records - ZOOM 003 - IRL - 1984 - PS
A-side commissioned by the Mayo County Board GAA.
Words and music by Pete St.John.

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