Farmers Sons Story (1972-1976)
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Where Are They Now?
The Story (work in progress...excuse our
mention we can find about the Farmer's Sons, was an advert from for
the CYMS in Kildare in September 1972 when the band was advertised
to be "coming next week." However, they were not there the following
week and subsequently, it would in October that we found them
advertised to play the National Ballroom in Dublin.
Liam Ryan, the original eight piece line-up included: Shay Martin (bass),
(keyboards), Kevin Warren (trumpet), Gerry Lynch (trombone), Tom
McDonald (vocals), Martin Geraghty (RIP-guitar), Brendan Kearney
(drums) and Duncan Dunny (sax).
Manager Liam Ryan also ran the National Ballroom and Olympic
Ballroom in Dublin and CYMS in Kildare which makes sense given the
band's first gigs mentioned above.
the number of adverts we can find in newspaper archives, the band
was slow to get going in their first year on the road. The
first change to their line-up came almost a year after hitting the
road when Shay Martin left the band and John McGrenra took his place
on bass guitar. At some point around this time, the band also went
from an eight piece to seven piece line-up. They were basically a
country and western band, although like all bands at the time, they
would include all styles of music in their programme. What made them
different at the time was being a country band with a full brass
section. Most of the other country bands had traded their trumpets
and trombones for steel guitars and fiddles.
up the story: "We were rehearsing twice
weekly in Moran's Hotel basement on Talbot street in Dublin where
some 'unknowns' such as the Boomtown Rats and U2 also used these
premises. When we would arrive to practice we bump into the lads and
share a joke as you do. The emphasis was on practice, practice,
practice the programme, dance steps etc. This was regimentally
carried out. Also there’re were lots of photo shoots both in studios
and on farms in Co Wicklow."
was weekly featured in Spotlight magazine with Dance Diary and the
occasional feature in same. the band played all over Ireland nothing
south east n west travelling in two separate Volkswagen vans one for
gear and one for personnel.
to leave was Gerry Lynch trombone who was offered and accepted a
position in Band Called Dublin Corporation in Canada who were
massive out there at the and he was replaced in The Farmer by Gerry
Kaye who came from the Garda Band and a brother of on Paul Kaye
already in the band. Next to part was keyboards Bob Condon who was
replaced by Martin Corcoran on keyboards and accordion Martin came
from touring with songstress Anna Mc Goldrick who was a big name on
the scene at that time Bob from my memory went The Glen Curtin Band.
Fergus was next to leave going to The Nevada to be replaced by
guitarist Harry Colley RIP who came from Rock band Mushroom Gene
Berrill then departed going also to the Nevada and he was replaced
by Drummer John Carroll who came from Danny Doyle Maxi & the music
box this lineup continued for a good while lead by the Kaye Twins
Paul & Gerry til the band finally folded late 75, 76 with myself
going to Brian Coll & Buckaroos.
crew from the start till end was Ben’ O Driscoll assisted
occasionally by Steve (Guard) Gallagher.
above waffle assists you in some little way on The Farmers Sons mist
a not of caution Dates may not be 100% accurate as old age memory
has set in any further clarification just message me
where are they now
Berrill , Harry Colley RIP
Gerry Kaye have the Kaye Twins powerhouse brass function band check
same on Facebook.
Elligott is living in and doing his one man show all around Denmark.
Lynch still living and as far as I know playing in Canada.
still alive n well living in Dublin
More to come.....
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