Split in Peggy's Leg
Vincent Duffy, bass guitarist with Peggy's Leg, is quitting the group. "I'm getting out before the band gets any bigger. Things have not been working out musically between us so I am going to England to form my own band." Vincent said. "The band is not looking for a new bass man, but we have a few people in mind." said manager John Dee.
Incidentally, I caught a few numbers by Peggy's Leg at Gonzo's recently and was disappointed that they haven't changed their programme all that much - since I heard them last. As one of the top three home-based bands of the moment - a lot is expected from them and it would be nice to see them living up to it.
Change of Name
Angel, who topped the free concert bill in Phoenix park on Sunday have been thinking of changing their name to The Angels. "A misprint had us billed for the big charity gig as The Angels and we thought it sounded better so we may announce a change this week." said leader Ben Hannigan.
Tenderness & Beauty from Fruupp
The new Fruupp album "Seven Secrets" is even better than "Future Legends" which was a most underrated work. It has a softer approach than Legends but the quality of the new material from guitarist Vince McCusker, keyboards man Steve Houston and manager Paul Charles is first class. The only problem with Fruupp is that they take some getting into (even at concerts) and the album must be heard a few times before its tenderness and beauty can be properly appreciated. Fruupp's chamber rock (a kind of 18th century Jethro Tull) is deserving of notice in RTE where is should make ideal airplay material. Here's hoping Ken Stewart will give it the exposure it deserves.
Caught Rodeo and Rotgut in action at the weekend and enjoyed both. The former have added a few new numbers and I still stand by what I said before - playing country goodness they are untouchable - every bit as good as the American Eagles or the British Brinsley's and if they only stick to playing this type of music they could make it very big. However they tend to try heavier numbers and while they can hold their own with them they lose that extra special touch of magic that they have with country stuff.
Rotgut from Belfast reminded me of Black Sabbath - high-energy rock with powerful volume and some good stomping material. One of the best heavy bands to come south for some time. They were a bit too loud for a pub gig but it was nice to hear a heavy band who knew how to control their power.
Incredible String Band will be at the National Stadium on Saturday May 25. One of the most popular British folk rock acts. The Incredibles have a bit Irish following and are sure to draw a capacity house. Glad to hear that the tickets are all being kept at below £1.
Broken Arrow, Tony Fahy and Tony Curran will be going to the recording studios this summer to record "Denny" - their own composition.
Hot Dusty Roads, the Dublin-based country rock outfit have added a keyboards player to their line-up to make the band a five-piece. There are plans to record a single for release in late summer. The group opened a new pub gig last week at the Big Tree in Swords and will be there regularly.
The new single from Reform "One For The Boys" is now in the shops and it's a very commercial original that could well give them their second hit. It's a much better song than "I'm Gonna Get You" which sold well.
- Pat Egan