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Jimi Slevin / Jimi Slevin Band

From: Dublin

Active: 70s onwards
Style: Rock


From Irish Rock: Roots, Personalities, Directions:

Solo live at the Cork Stardust, August 1978

Halloween '78 in Cork with Jimi Slevin & Firefly
The second Falling Asunder Rock Review reaches Teach Furbo, 19 December 1976  

Born Dublin 1950. Formed bluesrock trio Crossroads in 1969, then joined Alice in 1970, who changed their name to Brogue during an extended period in New York in 1972. After returning to Ireland in late 1972, Jimi formed Peggy's Leg with Don Harris, Jimmy Gibson and Vincent Duffy, who released the seminal "Grinilla" LP in 1973. In 1975 he joined the reformed Skid Row, appearing on their fine 1975 single, but left 8 months later to form his own Jimi Slevin Band. The JSB toured Ireland in 1976 as part of Smiley Bolger's Falling Asunder Tour, and made their vinyl debut on a CBS EP of the same name which also featured Limerick's White Falls Band. They became Firefly in 1977, releasing an excellent and now hard to find LP in EMI the same year. After various lineup changes, Jimi dissolved the band and finally went solo in 1980. Drummer Brian Despard (ex Aura, Medium Wave Band and Dave Prim Band) was later in The Cheaters and Toy With Rhythm.

Jimi played the folk clubs for a couple of years and released "Freeflight" on Claddagh in 1982, a progressive folk masterpiece. He then joined Auto Da Fe for their 1983 tour.

More details to follow.


• v/a - The Falling Asunder Rock Review Part II EP
7" - CBS Records - EIR 1 - 1976 - no PS
Split EP shared with the The White Falls Band

Jimi Slevin & Firefly - Hold On Pretty Woman / Air On A G String
7" - EMI Records - IEMI 5080 - IRL - 1977

Jimi Slevin & Firefly - Getting There
LP - EMI Records - LEAF 7017 - IRL - 1978

Notes: All tracks by Slevin and/or Gibson except where noted. Recorded between August 1977 and March 1978, mixed in April 1978 in Dublin Sound Studios. Arranged by Jimi Slevin. Produced by Pat Morley and Jimi Slevin. Cut at EMI Abbey Road Studios.

Jimi Slevin - lead guirar, electric & acoustic guitars, vocals, tin whistle
Jimmy Gibson - electric & acoustic guitars
Mickey Hanway - bass
Brian Despard - drums & percussion
Guests include Trevor Knight (organ, electric piano) and Dermot Kerins (bass on several tracks).

• Freeflight
LP - Claddagh Records - CCF 7 - IRL - 1982

Notes: Guests include Mick Coyne (pipes), Trevor Knight (keyboards) and Maggie Cody (vocals).

• Sanctus EP
K7 - J.S. Records - JSEP01 - IRL - 1989

See also: Alice, Auto Da Fe, Crossroads, Peggy's Leg

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