Changes in Peggy's Leg
Peggy's Leg won't be replacing Vincent Duffy with another bass guitarist... "we will be bringing in a keyboard man instead" said guitarist Jimmy Gibson. As yet no one has been decided upon because, as manager John Dee puts it: "we want a top man for this job and will advertise in the rock press in Britain if we can't find someone at home."
The group's first single William Tell will be released here soon, but they may record it again before putting it out in Britain. "Some of the British companies feel it has an outstanding chance of breaking big over there and want to give it the full treatment" said manager Dee.
Dublin group Scope may have to change their name. Writing from Longford, Mary Shields tells me: " Scope is the registered name of a group of four musicians who have been playing the local scene here for four years. The boys, all studying at St. Mel's College, are also members of the Irish Federation of Musicians." Mary, who manages the group, told me: "we have supported all the top bands playing Longford and as soon as the boys have finished school we will be branching out more.
Cork group Sleep Hollow, who are playing British dates with Rory Gallagher, also recorded for a single using the Irish star's engineer... "we hope to have the single out next month and we'll follow it with an album to tie in with a later English tour" says manager Denis Desmond.
Rotgut, the northern band who spent some time in England and say they were out of luck with management and other problems, tell me they are heading for Canada. And I don't blame them. Leader Bill Craig (what's in a name?, he asks) reports that they got £30 for one Dublin gig. It cost them that to rent a truck and stay overnight.
Smog, another Cork band, have had some line-up changes but are helping to make it eventually in Dublin... they are interested in playing the capital's clubs. Leader Michael Lucey can be contacted at 35 Gillabbey Terrace, Cork (phone 24380).
Sundown and Bratt were in action at city gigs over the weekend. It was my first time to hear the rated former Dave Prim men in action with their new line-up and it was easy to see why Sundown have already become a top group. Musically it was hard to fault them, but I was glad to hear they are on the look out for a good singer/guitarist because their current line-up is very weak on vocals. The guest appearance of the incredible Dublin blues singer Red Peters brought this point home with a bang. Peters, whose vocal style is like early Morrison, was one of the best things I have heard in Dublin for a long time. His raw power blues always has the audience in the palm of his hand and he had them shouting for more when the time came for closing.
Bratt, the band built from the break up of the original Time Machine, were doing a gig at Gonzo's last Saturday. The most important thing groups are going to have to learn about pub gigs is how to tone down. Bratt could have been good, but they insisted on blowing everyone's head off by being too loud - a pity.
Did Bell and Brush really get such attractive recording offers??? Rodeo going well in London and causing a lot of interest... Spud in studio last week doing tapes for first Polydor album...Eamonn Gibney, where are you now?
I haven't done any charts in a while, so let's see what was in various charts back in May 1974.
Ireland's Top 20
1: Any Dream Will Do - Joe Cuddy
2: Waterloo - ABBA
3: I See A Star - Mouth & MacNeal
Britain's Top 20
1: Sugar Baby Love - The Rubettes
2: Waterloo - ABBA [different clip than above]
3: Don't Stay Away Too Long - Peters & Lee
Northern Top Three
1: Waterloo - ABBA [different clip than above]
2: Sugar Baby Love - The Rubettes [different clip than above]
3: Shangalang - Bay City Rollers