Thrust Records fail
Thrust Records, the Dublin company which was set up to give lesser-known Irish artists from the contemporary scene a chance to release their own material has folded. A source close to the company told me: "Thrust is broke and the company's boss, John Weir, is now working in England." An album by folk singer/guitarist Chris Thompson and a single by Rodeo which were planned for Thrust release this month will now not be released on that label.
The Saturday afternoon gigs at the Projects Arts Centre in South King Street have been coming along well. The concerts, presented by Candlelight Promotions run from 3pm to 5.30pm. Admission is only 30p.
Some former members of Elmer Fudd and Chips have formed a new band called Bananas which will be going on the road later this month. The line-up is: John Donnelly (drums), Jodi Pollard (guitar), Robin Irvine (bass) and Ken Wilson. A fifth member will be named soon.
Dublin's Scope, not to be confused with a Longford group of the same name, will now be known as Lemming. The group have been coming in for some rave notices over the last few months.
Sundown will be the rock attraction at the Kilkenny beer festival this weekend. The group will play three sessions (one on Friday and two on Saturday) at Kytlers Inn. Red Peters, the incredible blues man I wrote about a couple of weeks back, will be guesting at Kytlers with Sundown.
Rodeo Split With Manager
Rodeo have split with their Irish manager Peter Mate and their affairs will now be handled by a British management agency. Peter, who had been the driving force behind the band for some time, has no plans to handle any other act. Rodeo, currently touring England, are to return home shortly to perform their first single Freakers Ball.
Nice to see Reform back in the charts... The new Rory Gallagher live Irish album is a double and will sell at around £4.00... former Dave Primm guitarist Garret Brown now on bass with Zebedee who continue to improve... Belfast band Richmond Hill looking for Dublin dates... Lemming, formerly Scope, playing two dates at Gonzo's this weekend... Spud album due out on Polydor should surprise a lot of people... Sleepy Hollow set for a month long tour of Britain with Rory Gallagher
Some songs from the charts - 6th June 1974
I See A Star - Moth & McNeal
Si - Gigliola Cinquetti
The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace
Red Dress - Alvin Stardust