trawling through various websites all morning looking for info for
another project altogether, I came across your website of Thin
Lizzy,tours, dates of 1970. I must say I found it very refreshing
indeed. Furthermore it brought back many memories for me.
So here is some info that you may find interesting:
I am from Swords and I done the booking for Cloghran National
School along with two guys called Jimmy and Tony, Skid Row played there
Phil and Brush also Played in Swords National School which l booked as
well.... after that night Phil and the boys came back for something to
eat at my parents house
think Smiley may have been there as well...
I promoted the Progressive Concert at St Aidans School that you refer
to... it was astounding success. (incidentally "White Magic" were the
best band of the night)
4th September 1970
Finally On September the 3rd 1970 two guys from N.Ireland and myself
promoted The Mungo Jerry Open Air Concert in Richmond Park Inchicore(
best bands Grannies and T/L...they saved the day.)
Personally for the short time I spent with Phil it was not in pubs but
in various halls, school and in particular a special needs school called
St John of Gods in Islandbridge where Phil and many more like him gave
their service free on a regular basis for these special people . May he
and Ollie Byrne rest in peace.
Please say hello to Mrs. Lynott and Smiley for me...if he remembers me??
Thanks for the memories Phil.
Considerable thanks for all your efforts.
I would not know where to start, to attempt to explain what a great time
it was in those days,
Re: Ollie Byrne R.I.P...Ollie and Terry use to hang out together. Ollie
managed many bands including a band from Belfast called "TAXI"...great
band! he also ran a club and book other bands.
I managed a band called "Vintage" from Belfast ...I done the same as
Ollie I ran a sports club for 13 seasons booking various bands
including Ollie's bands...Skid Row included.
Orphanage played St John of Gods about twice a month Phil played with
Orphanage on them ocassions.... they had a manager whose name I cant
remember..he was a lovely guy.
guy who ran St John of Gods was John Walsh brother of Maurice Walsh
drummer of a pop band called the Bye laws.
Brian Tuite had a sound hire shop and a guy called Fran Quigley worked
for Brian Tuite, Fran is the brother of Pat Quigley of the Movement.
subsequently bought the sound Hire business from Brian Tuite and still
has it to this day.
The lead dinger of the Movement was John Farrell who went on to front a
showband called The "DREAMS" this was typical situation where the big
guns in management would encourage the good groups to compromise their
beliefs to go and play in showbands doing cover material.,
who could blame them at long last they were able to earn some decent
money for a change!
White Magic they were fronted by Ditch Cassidy this band was so far
ahead of its time that it is unbelievable!!!!!!!!! and not for the
reason because John Ryan( Whiskey AGo-Go Club) and myself managed them.
Ditch and I meet up now and then...
Aidens was sold out I think over Six Hundred...but I could be wrong.
all this is of interest?.
Nice to hear from you - not only did the Purple Pussycat play with Lizzy,
there was a battle of the bands a good few years earlier when Phil was
in a group called the Black Eagles and the Purple Pussycat was called
the Dead Centre (a few small changes in line-up) in a club in Dublin
called the Flamingo on O'Connell Street (Ray Gunning was the guy who ran
it) It was on a Sunday afternoon and unfortunately we lost out to Phil
(Brian Downey was also in the band at the time) We were all around 16
years of age! You might like to read a few bits and pieces on this page.
Nice to hear from
I listened to the interview with Eric Bell and it brought back memories
- the funny thing was that when I was in the Purple Pussycat (1966-1969)
we played with Skid Row and Phil was the singer. I left to play with a
band in Canada and got a letter from the guys to say that they had a new
guy in the band - there was also a clipping from a magazine with a photo
of the group with the name Dave Murphy but the guy was black! At that
time, there were only a few black people in Dublin and I thought that
there was a misprint in the paper - but it was for real. I got a good
laugh out of it and when I came home to Dublin in the mid-seventies I
got to know the other Dave Murphy quite well. It's a funny world!!