The Concerned and a Host of Irish Musicians
year after Band Aid, saw the Single "Show Some Concern"
on behalf of Concern
an Irish charity organisation for African famine
celebrities included: The Blades, Linda Martin, John Drummond, Maxi,
Noel Eccles, Carl Geraghty, Fastway, Freddie White, Ray Lynam, Toy with
Rhythm, Larry Gogan, Real World, Stockton's Wing, Flo McSweeny, Maura
O'Connell, Quarterdeck, David Heffernan, Grand Slam, In Tua Nua,
Those Nervous Animals, Mary Black, Christy Moore, Carolyn Fisher, Eamon
Gibney, Red Hurley, Auto Da Fe, Johnny Duhan, Pat Dunne, Clannad,
Bill Whelan, Pat Kenny, Dave Fanning, Barry Lang and the now late Gerry
Goodwin (front middle)
People who known Paddy will know, he's a very talented
he is the ever-present member of the ever-changing Holy Ghosts.
long time friend of Johnny's and a serious guitar collector. Paddy,
over the years, has had more projects than we could cope with
here, so we'll just pick out a couple.
Paddy Goodwin, Pat Mc Cabe- Blues
for Fr Iggy, Skully
Blues for Fr Iggy,
shown right was a 2006 4 track EP CD with a Goodwin penned title track. Sleeve notes include a short story by
Pat McCabe a one time Goodwin band-mate in "The Buck
Eejits". McCabe is
the well known author whose fictional works include; "Breakfast
on Pluto", "The Butcher Boy" and also "The
Dead School" in which
Horslips are featured.
Paddy Goodwin tells us, "I asked, Jim
Lockhart's friend Skully
, a cork musician, an electronic music mixer and producer to
EP, but there was a technical problem with the file format we sent and it wasn't
Skully - Trouble - Dearg
Skully was responsible for the
Original vs Rollback mix of 'Trouble
with a capital T".
In an interview here, Skully
talks about the Trouble project and says:
"I wanted to hear what
the song would sound like with
the FLUTE and GUITAR together. So although recorded over 20 years apart
I set to work. Firstly isolating both samples. Then tuning them to each
other, and finally stretching and synchronizing them to each other."
the time of writing this you could hear the track here.
Skully is half of Metisse
who produced a 2002 disco electronic Dance
re-mix of Dearg Doom.
Irish melody beneath Trouble is Brian Boru's March. We
come back to that march in its raw form later down the
Goodwin - Poor Mans Moon , Henry McCullough
'Rum' photo Paddy is wearing a Poor Man’s Moon tee
shirt. Poor Man's Moon was a 2008 Henry McCullough
for which Paddy plays on guitar and was the executive producer.
There's an endless supply
of Johnny related links which stem, indirectly, from Henry
and the Poor Man's Moon album shown left.
some of that lunar trivia.
- Ranelagh, Carr
Johnny’s colleague Eamon Carr was
the lyricist for many of
the tracks on
the album including the title track The
germination for Poor Man's
Moon was an incidental Eamon/Henry meeting
at The Ranelagh Festival in
Dublin 30th September 2006.
They were both independently performing. The ensuing chats led to Eamon
eventually giving Henry lyrics for Poor Man's Moon to see what Henry
might do with the prose. The result led to the album. In the right
photo* is Henry on-stage at the
Delaney - The Lost Steps, The Fean Brothers
With Henry that's James Delaney on
keyboards. James played also has
played with "The Lost Steps", a band which includes the
(Johnny, Donal & Ray) and who try to play every year around
Christmas near Johnny's home in Limerick. You can see a post card
the Lost Steps here. This flyer was one of a few
designed by Johnny's brother Donal Fean.
Delaney - Clara Rose - A Portfolio
As well as playing on the Poor Man's Moon album James Delaney
also played on the debute album Clara Rose - A
Portfolio by Clara Rose Monanghan. It was
released summer 2010 and Clara performed tracks from it at another
Goodwin driven night on the "Band on the Rum" stage
at McHugh's in July 2010. More
Woodstock - A Little Help - Beatles - Yellow Submarine - Meanies
At the end of the Ranelagh night Henry
lead a full stage of artists in version
of the Beatles classic "A Little Help From My Friends".
was a song which Henry had performed at Woodstock
when he was
part of the Joe Cocker Grease Band. That's
the left in the shot, you can watch this video
from from Woodstock on Utube here
well as releasing the song on their Sgt Pepper album
the Beatles used the song in the Yellow Submarine film
which featured the Blue Meanies. We talk about Johnny
and his Meanie
connections further down this page
- Buckley - Carr - Zen Poet - Zen Alligator
In the photo* right that same night at Ranelagh
Sept 06, Eamon accompanied by Sax player Richie Buckley,
reads from his haikua style poetry.
has been involved with a plethora of artists including: Bob Dylan,
Elvis Costello, Carlos Satanta, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Sinead
O’Connor, Paul Brady and Bill Whelan.
Also performing that
night were The Creatures who include Brian Harris.
Brian Harris was a one time Cotton Mill Boy. We come
back to the Cotton Mill Boys further down the page.
The reading was partly written in
Japan by Eamon at the time of the 2002 world cup in a kind of
to the Japanese Zen poet Matsuo Basho
and would later would feature in Eamon's 2008 book,
see photo left, "The Origami Crow" about his trip to
Zen is a Japanese word
for Chán which, in simplistic terms
references a Buddhist school of thought. It was also used in the
name of Johnny & Eamon's post-Horslips band the Zen
Alligators. All told, one can surmise Carr
is both a
Zen Poet and Zen Alligator
Eamon wasn't present on the ‘Rum’
night, but absentees Eamon, Henry and Jim
played at other Holy Ghost nights with Johnny in McHughs Drogheda
May & Dec 2009.
Poor Man's Moon - Averill - Chevron - The Pogues-
for the Poor Man's Moon album was created by
Steve Averill (AKA Steve Rapid). Rapid, along with
Philip Chevron, was a founder
members of Radiators
from Space. Clearly they were involved
with Johnny & co in different music mix-it-up episodes
in the late 70’s. Two such events were the "Meanies"
night and the
"Defenders" project which we'll come to soon.
But first here's a coincidence about Chevron,
member of the Pogues. Horslips & The Pogues shared
a newspaper advert
page (right) in the Nov 29th 2009 Belfast edition of News of
Corr supported Horslips on this night. We come back to her
later. Photos* from these
2009 live Horslips concerts are here:
Thu 3rd Dec 09
Sat 5th Dec 09
& here for the
Friday 20th Nov 09
Philip Chevron with the
Pogues were tuning up to play in George's Market on Dec 2nd
2009, The photo* shows Johnny & co were a few hundred metres
away at HMV, Belfast
an album signing session.
After the signing Johnny and Maggie went
browsing in HMV and bought an armful of Beatles CDs to
from the vinyl collection.
Meanies - Radiators - Horslips & When Night Comes
But now back to the Meanies, a one
Radiators/Horslips band named after the Beatles
Meanies. According to Phil
Chevron, Pogue, Radiator, Meanie
and stalwart Horslips fan, “The Meanies,
played Dearg Doom, Red River Rock, Television Screen,
Hucklebuck, I Ran
All The Way Home (the late lamented Paul Verner
sang those last two)
and the Soldiers' Song.” The gig was
in McGonigal's, Dublin.
Johnny: "It was around the time of the
Meanies & Defenders Gigs that I wrote the song 'When
Night Comes'. I visualised it being a track on the Short
Stories Album. In the end we used it as a B side for the 'Guests
of the Nation' single.
'When Night Comes' occasionally got into our live set. I
was very fond of the song and later took it into the Zens' live
- Radiators: Televsion Screen. Carr and the
was a single from The Radiators 'TV Tube Heart
Philip Chevron (in 2010): " Eamon
and co-producer Jackie Hayden helmed the Radiators
first demo at Trend Studios in October 1976, the demo that got us
signed to Chiswick Records, run by former Thin Lizzy manager
Ted Carroll and former Horslips tour manager Roger
Armstrong. It included the very first recording of "Television
Screen" and was released as "The Midnite Demos"
on shite-coloured vinyl ep by Rejected Records about 4 or 5 years
....later, Eamon played drums
briefly for the Pogues when Andrew Ranken had to cry
off. It was, I think, a TV music show in Dublin (was it set in an old
TV Tube Heart, Johnny Byrne, Horslips, The Zens and Black 47
Here's the rear sleeve from the'TV Tube
Left to right:-
The credits at the bottom include:
- Horslips photographer Ian Finlay,
- Johnny Byrne on
More about Roger Armstrong (Horslips Tour Manager,
Peeler and Chiswick co-founder) here
Here are two links about the late Johnny Byrne (Horslips/Zens
and Black 47 Sound Engineer) .
Interestingly, at both links, we hear about his kind
(1) Johnny Fean and
the late Johnny Byrne are photographed by Eamon Carr
at this link with
a few words by Eamon about Johnny Byrne.
47's Album "Live in New York" was
recorded on St Patrick's Day 1998. The additional online-only album notes here (make sure to click the read
more link) talk
about Johnny Byrne's time with Black 47,
his drive for creativity and the context of untimely
Meanies - Shakin
all Over at the Whitla Hall
And according to Eamon Carr,
“Curiously, it was at the
Meanies gig that Johnny first unveiled Shakin' All Over.
It was so
impressive that it immediately became an encore in Horslips' set!”
Shakin' All Over
single from the Belfast Gigs recorded in the
Whilta Hall, April/May
to the Whitehouse, Paul Muldoon
Armagh born Poet,
(now a resident in the USA) was one of 50 writers who was asked to
write about their most memorable
concert-going experience. He choose Horslips at the
The book is called "The
Show I Never Forgot". Other writers choices included: The
Woodstock and also The Pogues.
In Paul's Whilta Hall background narrative, he
talks about working with Horslips on a
1974 RTE/BBC project, "The Great
Paul, at the time a BBC producer, included a scripted St
Patrick vs Oisin debate on the merits on Christianity-induced changes
in Ireland. The Horslips score for the show included a new "Oisin's
Tune". A later version of "Oisin's Tune"
was the B side for the
single "Daybreak". It would also appear on "Tracks
from the Vaults"
a sleeve note reference to Paul Muldoon and another nod
to St Patrick.
take Paul another direction. On 17th March 2009
he was invited to
read to President Barack Obama at the White House.
At the time of writing this he is featured on his news page
here, with the Muldoon- Obama photo here.
Paul also plays in a band called Rackett.
Here is a photo* of Rackett playing, 31st August 2007, at the
Arts Centre, Belfast. It's just a few hundred metres from the
Whilta Hall. That's Paul with the beige
..........and in December 09 Paul returned for another
unforgettable Horslips show in Belfast.
Defenders - Band - Roll Call - et al
Rapid (AKA Steve Averill), his fellow Radiator
and the previously mentioned Paul Verner. They, along
Johnny, Charles and Eamon were also part of the
Defenders project which lead to the "Xmas up
single recorded in October1979. You can check who also was involved
- The Deans, Stephen Travers and Johnny Fean
common to Johnny & Henry recordings are The Deans. They both
guested on a 2008 Dean music recording project, but again not at the
Stephen Travers was the project producer.
(Bass) , Producer Steve Travers & Engineer Kenny Swain.
Front row: Henry McCullough (Guitar), Gavin Dean (Guitar) &
Martin Sheanon (Drums).
The photograph at Sun Street Recording Studio,
Tuam Co. Galway Ireland Sep 2006.
It was taken a few days before the Ranelagh
photos above on this page.
get more Steve connections further
down this page. Over the last few years, as well as the occasional
gigs with Johnny, Steve has been touring with his band from the 70s "The
Miami Showband", there's more information around this site and
The Miami Showband
Stamp 1967 - 2010
Steve Travers: "In October 2010,
Irish Postal Service 'An Post', will issue a postage stamp featuring
The Miami Showband. The picture was taken in 1967. Fran O'Toole (bottom
left), Des Lee (bottom row third from left) and Brian
McCoy (top right). It's a great honour for all
associated with the band throughout its long history. "
Travers, Les, Miller, Miami Showband and
Friends, Fean, Wood, Brown
September 2008 original Miami Showband members
Steve Travers, Des Lee and Ray Miller were joined by
Johnny Fean, Barry Woods and Gerry Brown to record a single:- Joy to the World for Children in
Crosssfire and a special concert took place in Belfast Grand Opera
house to luanch a Miami Showband tour. Guests on stage with Steve and
Johnny included Gerry's sister - Dana (
song contest winner), Paul & Gerry Kaye,
Les Mckeown (Bay City Roller), Brendan Bowyer and Aonghus McNally. More info and photos* on these people on stage
with Steve &Johnny here.
Ex Mushroom band
member Aonghus had previously been co-founder with Steve in a
band Cracker and we come on him again further down the page.
...and now it's time to get back to where we once
belonged, that's the "Band on the Rum" photo.
Tom Newman (back, 3rd from left)
Tom is known to
Goodwin as “The Diamond Geezer”.
also triggers a
number of different relevant stories starting in at The Manor
in Oxfordshire England, where in the early 70’s, Tom had set up the
studios and was the resident engineer.
1973 at the Manor - Horslips and Tubular Bells
‘Band on the Run’, Horslips -
‘The Tain’ and Mike
Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’ were all released in 1973.
The latter two
used The Manor Studios for recording. Thomas
Newman didn’t work with Horslips at that time, but he was the
co-producer and engineer
for Tubular Bells.
working title for Oldfield’s album had been "Opus
One". John Cale had
been using the Manor Studio to record his album “Academy
in Peril” and had hired a set of
tubular bells for the
work. Oldfield asked Cale to leave these
behind in the studio for his own album this lead to the renaming of the
"Tubular Bells" album.
Over the years Tom has continued to
support Oldfield on various projects.
Newman - The
Hound Of Ulster
chance and coincidence would have it Tom Newman went on
to record an
instrumental album called The Hound Of Ulster which
released in 1997. The tracks are: The
Calling of Setanta, The Sojourn to the Dun of Culann the
Courting of Emer, Emer's Aire, Erin, The Field of
Muirthemme, The Tain:
The First Blood, The Tain: The Death of Ferdiad, The Eejit
and finally Ghosts.
As if all these Tain
connections were not enough Tom currently lives near Carlingford in the
hinterland of the Tain trail. It’s not too far from McHughs in
When we talked to Thomas about the Hound of Ulster
Album, at the end of 2009, he told us: “As it happens I’m re-mastering
'The Hound' at the moment, writing some new sections, and putting it
together with the Faerie Symphony to create a more complete Tain story.
I started The Hound in about 86, I think, and it took about 2 years on
and off, it was always intended to be the first part of a 'trilogy',
but with one thing and another I'm only just getting around to it!"
The Sleeve notes mention
"The Piper of Hastings", who played on the Emer
tracks, but gives
name for the artist. Tom says, "Emer's Piper is genuinely anonymous, as
I left Hastings and lost his
name and number in moving, so I can't credit him, although I would love
For a little resonance with this page you can see
like the "Band on the Run" cover , ‘The Hound Of
Ulster’ album cover
has a red brick as the background.
The Hound Of Ulster
- Host and The Hellhound
the central figure in "The Tain" became a
tortured soul after he was renamed the Hound - "Cullan's Hound,
Hound of Ulster". He was happy
enough about the English versions of the title, but in Gaelic there
so many spelling variations of his name it was confusing. When people
asked him about this it made the eye budge in his head!
improved in 73 when he was given another moniker, "Dearg Doom".
in 1985 when he inherited another title "The Hellhound". "The
Was My Name"
was the last Host single to be released.
Find out more here.
Bells - Rugby Radio Station – Morse Code
strange fact about the Tubular Bells album is that it
carries a Morse Code Signal. In the devilment of the
time one might suspect that this
was intentional, but it wasn’t. Tom had
been unaware of the phenomena
It turns out that there
was Navy Radio broadcast station near Rugby
which broadcast signals to submarines. The
chosen frequency was a carrier at 16Khz which
is (VLF) very low frequency radio for
allowing good transmission through water. In 1973 the station was
broadcasting a signal in Morse Code (VVV GBR) continuously.
Significantly, 16Khz is also in the audio spectrum and the signal from
the station managed to get cleanly onto the Tubular Bells
Some of the recording equipment must have been
sensitive the radio signal and allowed a low level sound trace through
Looking for the Morse
With the free PC software and a ‘Tubular Bells’ CD
the signal can be seen by most folk on a PC with a reasonably good
quality soundcard that can
feed playing music to the "mic" or "line". You need to load a
small file which turns you computer to a spectrum analyser.
There's a morse code table to decode the signal at
the software you have a spectrum analyser on you PC . Once loaded you
can load the settings for seeing the Tublar Bells signal by clicking
"file", then "load settings" then choosing the "gbr_cd.usr" file
followed by open. You then can put the Tubular Bells CD
in and as it plays you can see (and hear) the
spectrum results and the Morse Code clearly dot and dashing out VVV GBR.
O’Duffy (Producer of The Tain) tells us about the
Manor Studios: “The whole place was a
credit to Tom Newman who was working on a shoestring
and yet had the studio, which was basically a large barn, looking
beautiful. With Horslips we
worked into the very early hours of the morning, but when we stopped for
the night Tom and Mike would come in to use the studio for the Tubular
Bells project. Tom would persuade Steve
Broughton to sit in and play drums. Steve was drummer/brother
in Edgar Broughton’s Band who I recorded with at the
Manor immediately after Horslips.
and Newman took their demo tape around the record companies but none
were sure about it, nobody wanted it! What launched Tubular Bells (and
really saved Virgin for Richard Branson,
the studio owner) was that Branson, at a meal with producers of the
uncompleted Exorcist film, suggested Oldfield’s work
would be suitable for the film. It was agreed and Branson struck up a
deal to use the material. As was often the way with musicians, the deal
was more lucrative for Branson than Oldfield.......
Tain, we recorded at Escape Studios as well as at the Manor
Studios. But I think all the work for Dearg Doom was at the Manor, so
that might be a good Tain track to check for Morse code.
I was particularly proud of the the way I approached
the production of Dearg Doom, building it up from its bare
elements. I wanted a rock feel for this track. From one angle Eamon
was basically a Bodran inspired drummer ... a sort of Jeff
Peccaro shuffle bodran feel and I was coming at the
track from a more Talma direction... so
with a lot of enthusiasm through the session we came up with a
style which delivered the groove. Perhaps it was something in the
way I made the tea, but it still sounds good today........
Inspector Morse Investigates The Tain, O'Duffy and Fryer
We checked the CD of “The
produced by Alan O’Duffy and
recorded in the same building the same year as Tubular Bells, but sadly there was no
radio signal on any track, not even Dearg Doom.
From ‘Tracks from the Vaults’
the signal was also
the Fritz Fryer produced
‘Dearg Doom’ - a later version. And there was nothing
on the Alan O’Duffy produced 'The High Reel’'. They were both recorded at the
Cale’s ‘Academy in Peril’ CD was checked and it appeared to
be heavily infested by multiple instances of the 16khz signal.
Fritz Fryer - Lipstick, The Beatles
& The Stones
Fryer was also the producer of the 1976 Lipstick
single 'Come Back
Beatles c/w The Fab Four Four'.
Fritz Fryer died in
The single name was the idea behind the
title for the Horslips fan site comebackhorslips.
People who have the "Tracks from
the Vaults" album will know that Lipstick was a
cover name for Horslips.
Johnny: "On the single,
along with a hysterical Beatlemania
screaming background, you can hear a number of Beatles riffs:-
Day Tripper, Paper Back Writer, Ticket to Ride
and I sneaked in part of the intro for Twist and Shout.
Were weren't all about for the Lipstick photo shoot so our sound engineer Robbie McGrath stood in for the
photo which also shows a 1960 Les Paul Junior. It's like to one I used
today, but it's not the same guitar."
You can see the Lipstick photo
(above the color shot ) here.
Robbie later produced the
Album Tryal for Host went on to
the Sound Engineer for The Rolling Stones.
...and now again, on our long and winding road, it's
time to get back to the "Band on the Rum" photo.
Pat Maguire (back middle)
Pat Maguire - Horslips
minder and Stage Crewhand for O2 and Odyssey gigs and from the 70's.
This photo was taken
from our DeJessa page.
| Brian Downey (4th from right)
Brian of course is best
known as drummer from Thin Lizzy. There are lots of
times when Johnny and Brain’s paths crossed. In Johnny’s “Early Days”
page Johnny, in his own words, tells us about
pre-Horslips encounters with Brian at the
Parteen Mansion in Limerick. Check
it out here.
It was no surprise that Brian was also part of the
show for the Philip Lynott Tribute Night August 2005.
That's Brian in the photo* below on stage at the point with Gary Moore,
Scott Gorham and Jonathan Noyce.
You can see Johnny
play at the Point Depot Dublin in 2005 here. This was before the
venue was re-named "The O2".
returned to McHughs with The Holy Ghosts
& Johnny Fean Dec 2009. Paddy Goodwin
tells us that they asked Brian to drum on “You
Really Got Me” as that song significantly sealed Brian’s place
in the pre-Lizzy, pre-Orphanage band
when Brian auditioned for his Crumlin schoolmate Phil
(3rd from right)
Barry ("the walrus was me") was able to participate during the night by
taking a break from
his winter 2009 Horslips rehearsals.
Barry Devlin, Steve Travers - The Crack
crossed paths with Steve Travers at a few points
during their career.
In the 1970s both owned a Plexiglass Bass Guitars. Barry, again,
played one (it was Paddy Goodwin's) at the 2009
Horslips concerts. Steve's sadly was destroyed in the blast at the
stepped in to Produce one track from Steve's 1982 album for a group
called The Crack which we have a page for here "The Dawn Of Crack" .
The single which was the first from the album and called, "When the
time comes". It has a very Beatles like feel.
himself is said have
and interestingly when Beatles Producer George
he told Stephen it was "too close" to the Beatles
B side was
called "Kickin' at the Kickham" which wasn't on the
The second single from
the album was, "Go Away".
The b side from
this single called "Listen" was also a track that wasn't
on the album. It was also produced by Barry Devlin.
Steve and Tommy Lundy are shown
in the picture sleeve, right. Sadly
Tommy passed away in October
Ronan O'Callaghan and Pat
made up The Crack foursome.
Travers - Starband- Cracker - Aonghus
The Crack had
started out when Starband members Steve Travers and
Aonghus McNally formed the Ska band 'Crackers'.
'The Crack' emerged without Aonghus. You can
find some of Steve's connections to Aonghus McNally
"Starband", "The Memories", "Jim Farrelly" and "Roly
this link for The Crack.
You can also see photos* here of Aonghus on stage in 2008
with Johnny and Steve at the Belfast Grand Opera House
Two Horslips, Two Mushrooms with a Hothouse Flower on its Eoin! - TG4
In March 2006 Aonghus, and his one time Mushroom
band mate Pat Collins, shared
the stage with Horslips, Liam Ó
Maonlaí of Hot House Flowers and Eoin
Duignan at the finale for the Live Horslips
Special on TG4's
Irish speaking programmed Ardan
In the above Photo*
left to right are: Liam
Ó Maonlaí, Aonghus McNally, Eoin Duignan, Pat Collins,
Johnny Fean, Barry
stage with Horslips at the finale were:
John Kelly (RTE TV/Radio presenter and
author of the book Sophisticated Boom Boom which
creates a 70s Irish teenager's world which of course features
Ian Lockhart shown on keyboards
with his father in the photo* right.
Adran, Rossa O'Sioradain, Micky
MacGabhann - Black 47, Paul Muldoon
O Siordain was a driving force behind the 2006 TG4
Ardan Horslips show. In 2010 he set off to the USA with
Barry Devlin and Jim Lockhart to make a documentary which was
loosely retracing the journey of Micki MacGabhann from
Micki's "Rotha Mór an tSaoil" (Great Wheels of
the World) book. The idea was along the way to connect up
with American/Irish bands that might have been influenced by
Horslips. MacGabhann's book was the loose concept framework for
the 1978 Horslips album The Man Who Built America. The
was under construction in 2010
photo* was taken 4th May 2010 in New York City when at the
the team were working with Black 47 (again live in
New York) and about to
visit Paul Muldoon and his band Racket.
Near left: Martin Birney
Back left: Rich Hooban
Back right: Jim Lockhart
Near Right:Sam Horgan (Sound)
Martin Birney was part of the film crew when filming the History
Of Exhibition in 2004 for the Return of the Dancehall
- Nelis, Ferris, Callaghan - McHugh's - Goodwin, McCarthy,
organisers of History of Horslips Exhibition
were Jim Nelis, Paul Callaghan and Stephen Ferris.
10th July 2010 shown in photo*
Devlin and later Johnny Fean took to
McHugh's "Band On The Rum" stage Thomas Ferris (Stephen's
son) ,left , makes his live guitar debut Paddy Goodwin ,
right, on guitar.
McCarthy was on bass with Paul Callaghan
Callaghan " It's a great privilege
for me to play drums at these affairs. In recent years I've played with
Johnny, Barry, Jim and Charles - but not all at the same time. "
| Star Codes
- Devlin, Travers, Mark
Costigan, Paul Mc Ateer, Lockhart - Cre Na Cille, Fean
the year following the making of "The Dawn of Crack"
Steve and Tommy Lundy would return
a compliment to Barry Devlin by guesting on
Barry's album Breaking Star Codes.
Paul Mc Ateer, a renowned Irish
drummer is found on the likes of Paul Brady's albums, and was the beat
master for "Star Codes". Jim Lockhart also was a guest
on the "Star
Both Greg Boland and Mark
Costigan also guested on guitar.
Jim composed the film
music for the Irish Language Film "Cre Na Cille"
Paul Mc Ateer to play drums and our own Johnny Fean
to play guitar for
Costigan - Glenroe
Lockhart and Devlin are both credited
arrangement on the Jim Lockhart Single for the
Theme from Glenroe
As with the Star Codes album Mark
Costigan (Stepaside) played acoustic
guitar on the track.
On the B
Side THUAS AG GORT A'
CHARNAIN Glenroe's Mick Lally (in the
photo) read in Irish.
produced the 1986 record.
Jim Lockhart -
AOIFE - 19 Arches - Brian Boru's March
In 1984 Jim Lockhart had also
produced the 19 Arches singles for Aoife.
The B side was Brian Boru's March/Johnathans. Brian
Boru's March was used on the Book of Invasions
as March Into Trouble and of course with different
syncopation on Trouble with a Capital T. It was also the
basis of the riff from the track Homesick from
the Man Who Built America Album .
Fean and the Troublemakers,
In 2009 Lockhart, Devlin,
and Fean were part of The
Troublemakers (members of Horslips, Kíla,
Republic of Loose, The Blizzards and 10CC's Kevin Godley) who recorded
a version "Trouble with a capital T" in aid of
the Irish Youth Foundation.
Devlin, Lockhart - Turn it Up -
Mama's Boys, Philip Begley, McCabe, Steve Iredale
album was recorded in Lombard
Studios and released the same year as Star Codes. It was
by Barry Devlin and featured Jim Lockhart on organ on the album track and
single "Too Little of you to Love".
credit for Philip Begley on Engineering and as guest
right hand photo is part of the Turn it Up rear
cover showing credits for Devlin and Lockhart. The
chosen rear cover
segment also shows Mama's Boy Tommy Mc Manus, brother
of John and Pat, who had a long battle with
leukemia and died in 1994.
Goodwin " I remember young Tommy
announcing that the McManus boys were going to go professional and
asking me when I was going to do likewise......
also recall calling
into the studio when first Mama's Boys album, The
Bootleg, was being recorded in Slane Studios near
Drogheda. The Producer was Barry McCabe and
Steve Iredale was Engineer."
was/is Horslips & Zens and U2 Sound Engineer
and Stage Production
Manager. Both he and Devlin have had significant parts
to play in the U2 story. Too much for here...
Devlin - Phil Begley
Boys - Needle in the Grove - Belfast City Blues
lots of release variations recordings/ labels/producers etc, but
two more more Devlin produced singles (1982) shown
below Mama's Boys.
- Needle in the Grove C/W Hard Headed Ways (recorded
- Belfast City Blues C/W
Reach for the Top.
Again shown are credits
for Mama's Engineer Philip
Begley who, in his very early days was
studio technician for Mushroom's
- Early One Morning and later was Engineer for Host's
Tryal . His other Engineer projects include The
Corrs - Talk On Corners and M's (Robin Scott's) Pop
Musik which has a number of U2
Larry Mullan, Put Em Under Pressure,
Dearg Doom Anton Drennan,
by U2's Larry Mullan was the 1990 official song
Soccer Squad's Italia 90 campaign. The song was built around the Horslips
Dearg Doom riff and Jack Charlton's oft' heard
chant to the squad "Put em Under Pressure". Anton
(Anto or Tony) Drennan played guitar including recreating the
Dearg Doom riff.
Lockhart, Anton Drennan, Sharon Corr -
Dream of You. Fean and Goodwin
mentioned earlier Sharon Corr and her band supported
Horslips in Dec 2009 at Belfast for the Odyssey concert. Sharon had
invited Jim Lockhart to perform on her debut solo
album, Dream Of You, released September 2010. Anton
Drennan is guitarist in Sharon's band.
appeared with Johnny Fean for a Guitar master class in
2009 for the Music Show at the RDS. Check
Darragh Owens' video here
and Paddy Goodwin are
give a guitar lecture at the 2010 Ranelagh Festival.
Devlin - Cotton Mill Boys, Buddy
Holly, Alan O Duffy
mentioned Brain Harris above who played in the reformed
Creatures in the 2006 Ranalagh
Festival. Brain also had a short
stint in The Cotton Mill Boys. Barry
tells us he recorded with the Cotton Mill Boys in
1976 as a guest on bass guitar for their recording of Buddy
Raining in my Heart.
Mill Boys famously were able to hold both
the number 1 and 2 spots in the Irish Hit Parade charts with The
Wedding Song at 1 and Raining in my Heart at spot
often the way with the in the industry, not all the musicians got
sleeve/record credits. There is no credit for Barry. Note,
however, the production credit for Alan O'Duffy. The
recording was at Miracle studios in Dublin.
Alan O Duffy
tells us “I helped Michael Clerkin
open up Miracle Studios. It was used by people who included Billy
Brown, Dickie Rock and later Daniel O’Donnell who has been recording
songs made famous by my father.”
Alan O'Duffy - The
Rolling Stones, Horslips, Wings et al.
albums that O’Duffy produced for Horslips
are perhaps amongst the strongest: Happy To Meet, The
Tain, The Book Of Invasions and Aliens. Prior
to first working with Horslips, O’Duffy had spent the previous 5 years
in London working well neigh 18 hours a day on recording, production
and mixing. He was working with some of the most brilliant and
successful talents of the time. The output was an endless supply of hit
records. There was The Kinks - Dedicated Follower of Fashion
and there were 5 hits in role for Slade
including “Cum On Feel the Noise” which went straight to
Number 1 on day one. There were also The Troggs, The Spenser
Davis Group and The Rolling Stones.
He brought all
this experience with him for Horslips.
Rolling Stones (1969/70) he recorded and mixed "Honkey
Tonk Women" and part
of "Let It Bleed" and "Sticky Fingers"
both of which were original No. 1 USA Albums.
For Happy To Meet,
what happened was Horslips approached Ian
Stewart to see if the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio was
O'Duffy tells us “ Stewart had been a piano player with The Rolling
Stones but was told by Andrew Oldham that his
conventional image was not what The Stones needed. Stewart stayed with
the band but took a behind the scenes role. Stewart had worked with me
at Olympic Studios and recommended to Horslips that I should go along with
the studio truck for the Horslips project. The mixing desk in the truck
was the same desk (designed by Dick Swettenham and his
crew) that we used in Olympic. It suited me to move at that time as
I’d recently decided to work freelance.”