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Tramcarr 88

From: Wicklow

Active: late 1960s




Tramcarr 88 was a duo formed by cousins Sonny Condell & John Roberts. Condell came from Newtownmountkennedy in Co.Wicklow.

They recorded a single for the tiny Song label in 1969 which was a minor hit in Ireland. The A-side was produced by Brush Shiels (of Skid Row, who also recorded for the Song label). It's a breezy acoustic song, Simon & Garfunkel style meets the Jacobites. The B-side is more fragile folk psych, not a million miles away from some of Sonny's later work with Tír na nÓg. It was produced by Donal Lunny (ex Emmet Spiceland).

There is some speculation as to how much members of Skid Row were involved in the recordings (Brush Shiels, certainly; Noel Bridgeman possibly; Gary Moore unlikey).

A second session (also recorded at Eamonn Andrews Studios?) was completed but nothing was done with it, i.e. there is no second single.

Sonny left to team up with Leo O'Kelly (ex Emmet Spiceland, Tropical Showband) in Dublin as Tír na nÓg who moved to London in 1969.


• Look / In the Morning
7" - Song Records - SO 0004 - IRL - October 1969
A-side by Roberts; B-side by Condell. Both arranged by Roberts/Condell.

See Also: Sonny Condell, Tír na nÓg

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