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There must have been a photo of Rory in Pat's column this week because there is a nice square hole where somebody used to be. Also, photos of Gryphon, Time Machine and Dick Farrelly in this week's column.
New Gallagher Album Nearly Complete
News of yet another free concert for fans. Next Sunday 26th at Blackrock Park (weather permitting) the Dave Prim Band will headline a free gig which will also feature the very promising Trench Band and solo acts Johnny Norris, Neil Toner and Niall Coll. Disc jockey Mick Taylor (Barry: not the ex-Stone surely! :-)) will be playing the sounds and the show starts at 3pm.
Sales of the first Gary Moore album "Grinding Stone" have by all accounts been very encouraging. The three-piece Moore band have come in for some fair reviews from the British press and things look good for the future if Moore can hold the band together. A Dublin concert for the Moore band has been fixed for Zero's on a date to be announced this week.
New keyboards man with Keltic Wine is Dick Farrelly who will also be featured on accordion and guitar. The group are set to release their first single, "Hurricane Sailor"this weekend. manager John Dee has high hopes for the single and feels it could well be a big smash.
I met Paul Keogh last week while he was home on a short holiday. You will remember I told readers about how Dubliner Paul started his career as a guitarist in the No. 5 club in Dublin. He was playing the Dublin scene about the same time Henry (Wings) McCullagh was based in Dublin. Now one of London's top session guitarists, Paul has just completed an album backing Jim Webb. He has also played on albums by Carly Simon (No Secrets), Lou Reed, Harvey Andrews, Tom Jones and Elton John. He discovered Dublin had changed a lot since the old club days but was glad to hear that the groups had broken through in such a big way.
Gryphon are a four-man medieval rock group who play a concert at Zero's next Saturday 25th. The group, who recently released an album on Transatlantic, have been coming in for a lot of notice from the British music press. The group are all graduates from London's Royal College of Music. They utilise renaissance instruments (e.g.) Krumhorns and Harpsicord alongside more contempory equipment and appear on stage in Elizabethan minstrel garb.The group will be in Dublin to telecord a "Music Makers in Concert" series for RTE.
John Williams, Main St., Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary is interested in booking groups for September. Managers with dates to fill can contact John at the above address.
A change of policy for the Iuventus Club, Islandbridge. A new series of gigs starting next Sunday 26th and featuring Demon Duck will switch from teenagers closer to the twenty age group of dancers. "We want to give the place a more adult feel," said on of the club spokesmen.
Keltic Wine will follow Demon Duck on the 2nd of September.
I was at Sgt. Pepper's for a couple of minutes last Friday where Ned Spoone were on the stand. The group's manager, Tommy Nevin told me: "We have been working in the country a lot lately. It pays better all round and helps to build up the band's name." Reaction to the group at the Crystal wasn't great but then I only stayed a few minutes.
Former Skid Row manager Clifford Davis claimed he lost £12,000 on trying to get the band off the ground in Britain...someone at RCA advertising department in London not too well up on how Horslips spell their name if the adverts for their single are anything to judge by...as well as playing bass Brush Shields also running small shoe business...Angel one of the best hopes for the future...Lizzy's new album on Kid Jensen's show last week and very good it was too (it's out early next month)...whatever happened to that second Ned Spoone single...former rock lead singer Robbie Walsh from Orphanage married recently...Chips single now on release in the UK...even the management talents of Jim Hand may find the going rough in getting Cromwell to the top...with new albums on the way from Thin Lizzy, Horslips, Fruupp and Rory Gallagher, Irish fans will have plenty to keep them happy...second single on the way from Spud and watch this one - it should be a biggie...Tir Na nOg third album well overdue.
- Pat Egan
Ireland's Top 20 Chart on the 30th August 1973
01 - Where The Three Counties Meet - Brendan Shine
02 - Welcome Home - Peters & Lee
03 - I'm Leader Of The Gang - Gary Glitter
04 - All Right, All Right, All Right - Mungo Jerry
05 - Devil Among The Tailors - Mushroom
06 - 48 Crash - Suzi Quatro
07 - Live On Mars - David Bowie
09 - Daisy A Day - Danny Doyle
10 - Funny Face - Roly Daniels
11 - Suffer Little Children - Cork Children's Choir
12 - Rag and Bone Man - Des Smith
13 - You're The One I Can't Live Without - Ray Lynam & Philomena Begley
14 - Mary From Dunloe - Bill Ryan & Buckshot
15 - I Hate Goodbyes - Ian Corrigan
16 - Fool - Elvis Presley
17 - Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose - Dawn Bell
18 - And I Love You So - Perry Como
19 - Dear John - Two's Company20 - All Right Now - Free