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From: Dublin?

Active: 1976-

Style: Pop/Jazz Rock

Lineup: (1976-78)


Stacc were a mid-70s band featuring such notable studio musicians as Bill Whelan and John Drummond. They were unrelated to the early 70s folk singer-songwriter Stac (note spelling).

In 1976, the lineup above (minus Des Reynolds) was billed as the Billy Whelan International Modern Dance Orchestra when it performed as part of a theatrical production assembled by Brendan Balfe (of RTE Radio). This was Balfe's one man show, at the Tailor's Hall in Dublin in 1976, with the band providing accompaniment. They were joined by singer Anne Marie Mooney. They changed their name to Stacc.

Circa 1976-77, they played a Monday night residency at the Saint Lawrence Hotel in Howth. Their liev set included lots of covers, including several Stephen Bishop songs among them "Save It For a Rainy Day" (thanks to David Grant).

By 1978 Stacc were being managed by Noel Pearson, and the band was fronted by two female lead singers, Nicola Kerr (ex Chips, Swarbriggs) and Caitriona Walsh, who'd first worked with the band in 1975. They entered the National Song Content in 1978 with "You Put The Love In My Heart", written by J. Drummond.

In 1979, Kerr and Walsh joined the New Seekers in 1979, and Bill Whelan joined Planxty.

In the early 80s, Stacc reformed informally as the house band for Brendan Balfe's RTE Radio 2 show the Balfe Broadcasting Company.


• Same Kind / Paul
7" - Release Records - RL 898 - IRL - 1977 - no PS?
A-side by John Drummond.

• You Put The Love In My Heart / Holy Smoke
7" - Epic Records - EPC 6482 - 30th June 1978
A-side by John Drummond. National Song Contest Finalist.

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