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Arrows Feature (1969-1972 then became Dickie's Band)

Photo Gallery - Band Lineups - Discography - Audio samples - Where Are They Now?

The Story

Pat Egan first announced the formation of the Arrows in his Beat column in Spotlight on February 15th, 1969 when he said that Eamonn Gibney had left the Purple Pussycats to join a showband to be managed by the Tom Doherty Organisation, which would be called the Arrows. An article a month later described the band as "protégés" of the Miami and that they would be managed by former Miami leader Joe Tyrell, who was a Director of Miami Ltd. As was the rage in the late sixties, the beat scene in Dublin was being decimated by the defection of its stars to the showband scene. Although it is doubtful they complained much as those that went finally started making some real money, although they generally gave up some of their artistic integrity in the process.   

P.J. Coyne, formerly with the Grassband, was recruited as drummer with the new outfit. 

Irish-American singer Dave Heenan joined the band in summer, 1969, but left after a few weeks to return to the United States. He was replaced in September, 1969 by Mick Roche who had previously been with Dublin group, The Vampires (they also lost lead singer Tony Kenny to the Sands showband a couple of years earlier). 

In January 1972, the band added two female singers, Wendy Hutchinson (sister-in-law of John Farrell) and Maria Dowdall, bringing their lineup to nine, one of the largest on the circuit at the time. In June, 1972, not long after the girls joined, the band headed on to Canada for a six week tour, but came back without their lead singer, Mick Roche. Mick decided to stay in Canada with The Dublin Corporation (formerly The Pacific) who had emigrated to the country in 1971. He was taking over from Stuart Smith who was temporarily filling in after the departure of Peter Law, who had left the band. Peter came back to Ireland and was trying to make it on the cabaret scene. 

A couple of months later, in September, 1972 Dickie Rock announced he was leaving the Miami and the Arrows were drafted as his new backing band. The Arrows became Dickie's Band. In April, 1973, Fran Dennis left the band.   

More to come......

Photo Gallery

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The Arrows - 1971

Mick Roche & The Arrows-1971

Arrows - 1969

Arrows - 1969

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Lineup Changes
 
Years Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Keyboards Sax Trumpet Trombone Vocals Vocals
1969 Eamonn
Gibney
    P.J.
Coyne
      Fran
Dennis
   
1969 Dave
Heenan
Charlie
Herbert
Steve
Gilchrist
P.J.
Coyne
Pearse
Turner
Bobby
Murphy
Johnny
Riley
Fran
Dennis
   
1969 Mick
Roche
Charlie
Herbert
Steve
Gilchrist
P.J.
Coyne
Pearse
Turner
Bobby
Murphy
Johnny
Riley
Fran
Dennis
   
1972 Mick
Roche
Charlie
Herbert
Steve
Gilchrist
P.J.
Coyne
Pearse
Turner
Bobby
Murphy
Johnny
Riley
Fran
Dennis
Wendy
Hutchinson
Maria
Dowdall

As Dickie's Band

1972 Dickie
Rock
Charlie
Herbert
Steve
Gilchrist
P.J.
Coyne
Unknown Bobby
Murphy
Johnny
Riley
Fran
Dennis
   
1973 Dickie
Rock
Charlie
Herbert
Steve
Gilchrist
P.J.
Coyne
Unknown Bobby
Murphy
Johnny
Riley
     
                     
                     

Discography

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Audio Clips

Coming Soon

Where Are They Now?  

  Eamonn Gibney:   If you know more,  please let us know.
  P.J. Coyne:   If you know more,  please let us know.
  Fran Dennis:   If you know more,  please let us know.
  Charlie Herbert:  If you know more,  please let us know.
  Steve Gilchrist:   If you know more,  please let us know.
  Bobby Murphy:   If you know more,  please let us know.
  Johnny Reilly:   If you know more,  please let us know.
  Wendy Hutchinson:   If you know more,  please let us know.
  Maria Dowdall:   If you know more,  please let us know.

 

Arrows Photo Gallery

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