In late 1969 Chessmen
manager, Dan McGrattan, took a Dublin group called the Fire Brigade and put them
road as a showband called The Clouds.
The Clouds were: Austin Smith (vocals), Gene Malone (drums), Pascal Haverty
(sax), Sean Scanlon (trumpet),
Mick Doherty (trombone), Vince Quinlan (guitar) and Martin Byrne (bass).