From Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, the Midwich Cuckoos were Marty McElroy (bass and vocals), Frank McGirr & David Meade. Marty was previously in a 2 piece called Verbal Shark Stampede with Alec McGinley (guitar) and a drum machine. They recorded this session for Dave Fanning in 1987. Thank you Daithi for the band details and Irene for the correction.
An early 33rd Hurricane – Finbarr & Denis Doherty, Neil & John McGrory
From Inishowen in Co.Donegal, 33rd Hurricane were Finbarr Doherty (vocals, guitar), Liam Bradley (drums, backing vocals), Delilah Cuddihy (keyboards, backing vocals), John McGrory (guitar), and Neil McGrory (bass). Finbarr Doherty released his third solo album ‘Skyscrapers’ in 2011. Check out previous posts on the band here
Their Fanning session is a favourite round these parts but this newly uncovered demo seems apt given that two members of this band, Fiona and Irene aka The Pender Sisters are to perform on Saturday 28th September at The Steam Punk Club in Dromahair.
From Ballyshannon in Co.Donegal The Wild Herrings are John Kane (guitar), Fiona Pender (vocals and sax), Irene Pender (vocals), Patsy O Kane (bass) and Michael Christie (drums). Apparently their set was one of the highlights of the Hennigans reunion last year.
Donegal outfit Quarterdeck were to later achieve success with a female vocalist, Lorraine Walls but the lineup for their debut single in 1984 on Toby label was Billy Robinson (bass), Shaun McCarron (sax), Paul Miller (keyboards), Laurence Doherty (drums), Dave Harvey (vocals) and Jimmy Simmons (guitar?). Harvey would later see success with Derry band Cast Of Thousands. Quarterdeck released three further singles on Bus Records, ‘Strange Town’, ‘Nada‘ and ‘The Last War’. Thanks to regular contributor John for digging this one out, if you would like your own copy it can be had on eBay for €17.
Observant readers will remember Finbarr Doherty from Carndonagh band 33rd Hurricane. 33rd Hurricane were Finbarr (vocals, guitar), Liam Bradley (drums, backing vocals), Delilah Cuddihy (keyboards, backing vocals), John McGrory (guitar), and Neil McGrory (bass). The band appeared on RTE TV in the early 1990s on shows On The Waterfront and 2fm Beatbox.
Finbarr is still treading the boards and can be seen on February 11th in Dublin’s Workmans Club where he shares a double header with fellow Inishowen natives The Henry Girls for a recession busting €10. Finbarr released his third solo album ‘Skyscrapers’ in July 2011.
The Henry Girls have just released their fourth album ‘December Moon’ and have embarked on an extensive tour of Ireland and Germany.
These two 33rd Hurricane compositions can be found on the Danceline Records ‘Nationwide Vol 2‘ compilation.
From Letterkenny, Co. Donegal Ego Minefield were Mark Bradley (vocals/guitar), Danny McTaggart (guitar), Marty McElroy (bass) and John Lafferty (drums). They released two singles on Danceline Records, ‘All In Your Mind’ (1990) and ‘Fear of Falling’ (1990). These two tracks appeared on the Danceline cassette ‘Nationwide 3’. Sadly Mark Bradley passed away suddenly in August this year.
Not many details to hand I’m afraid, not to be confused with the UK act of the same name, the Midwich Cuckoos were from Donegal and this is a demo that Dave Fanning played on his show in the early 80s. Even the Great Irish Rock Discography has few details so if you can remember the band or indeed were in the band we’d love to hear from you..
In the absence of an official RTE Fanning Session archive consider this blog a humble starting point. Any musical submissions would be gratefully accepted as are any corrections or recollections... click on the pic to send an email or even better comment on the post in question. We are interested in anything recorded from irish radio or TV in the 1980s.