Southpaw formed in late 1978 in Cork city. They were managed by Elvira Butler (Downtown Campus, Reekus Records). Southpaw played laid back country rock, all original material. Guitarist Declan Sinnott, bassist Johnnie Campbell and drummer Dave Whyte had previously played together in Sunwheel. Sinnott had previously played with Tara Telephone and been a founder member of Horslips. Jerry McConnell was an American.
The band gigged round the country and had a reasonably high profile. In May 1979, In Dublin magazine reported that Southpaw were forced off rhe road for a few months for various reasons.
Southpaw planned to release an LP on the small Cork label Circa Records. Some great demos were recorded, but no record emerged. It is still rumoured to exist, but I'm pretty sure the Southpaw LP never even reached the test pressing stage.
When Southpaw split, Jimmy retained the services of the rhythm section to form the Jimmy MacCarthy Band. Sinnott joined Moving Hearts.
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