Formed in Dublin in 1985 by Johnny Moynihan, Pete Cummins and Frank Lane. Cummins and Lane became the core of the band over many years and through many lineup changes. The early lineup included Jimmy Faulkner (guitar), Garvan Gallagher (bass) and Fran Breen (drums). This lineup began a residency at The Harcourt Hotel on Harcourt St in Dublin, where they began to build their reputation. John Ryan (ex Granny's Intentions) replaced Johnny Moynihan in September 1986, pushing their sound in a more rock direction.
During 1987-88 they were one of the best live bands and biggest live draws in Dublin during their Midnight at The Olympia series of gigs at the Olympia Theatre, which often featured famous guests. They released their debut album "High Ace to Heaven" in 1989. A second album followed in 1998 after a lengthy absence.
Other musicians who've played in the band include Philip Donnelly Philip Donnelly, John Ryan (Granny's Intentions), John Donnelly (Donovan), Henry McCullough, Robbie Brennan, Wayne Sheehy, Brian Harris, Greg Boland, and Trevor Knight among many others.
Jimmy Faulkner and Fran Breen also members of Cahoots ca 1985.
Notes: Engineered by Brain Masterson at Windmill Lane Studio One. Produced by Philip Donnelly. Thanks to Paul Kelly (fiddle). Mary Coughlan appears courtesy of Mystery Records. Trevor Hutchinson appears courtesy of the Waterboys.
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