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Bananas Story (1973-1976)

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

The Story

The story of Bananas is short and sweet and probably only noteworthy because is was started by Robin Irvine, a founder and leader of the pop band Chips for many years. Not long after Chips "reformed" in October 1973, founding member Robin Irvine left the band to form Bananas (June, 1974), a rock group that played the Dublin and Belfast club scenes. Robin was joined by Ken Wilson, the guitar player with Chips during Paul Lyttle's absence in Lyttle People. Also in the band were Mick O'Hagan (brother of Johnny Logan-vocals), Jodi Pollard (guitar) and John  Donnelly (drums).

It appears Mick O'Hagan didn't stay that long as he was soon replaced by Carl Geraghty. The band did quite well, especially given the connection to Chips and in 1974 they were the support band for Gary Glitter's short Irish tour which took in Dublin, Cork and Belfast. Like Chips, they were one of a handful of "groups" who would also get to play some of the bigger ballrooms in the country. In November 1974, it was reported that the band was looking for a keyboard player but we think was was at this time that Carl Geraghty joined.

In 1975, Robin and several members of the band emigrated to New York where Bananas played for about a year, only to go their separate ways by 1976. Robin Lavery had left Chips and along with Robin Irivne, Craig Mathieson and Ken Wilson they formed what Robin Irvine would call, Bananas Mark II

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Photo Gallery

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Years Vocals/Sax Guitar Bass Drums Guiitar
1973 Mick O'Hagan Ken Wilson Robin Irvine John Donnelly Jody Pollard
1974 Carl Geraghty Ken Wilson Robin Irvine John Donnelly Jody Pollard
1974   Ken Wilson Robin Irvine John Donnelly Jody Pollard
1975 Craig Mathieson Ken Wilson Robin Irvine John Donnelly Jody Pollard
1975 Craig Mathieson Ken Wilson Robin Irvine Robin Lavery  

Discography

We don't think the band ever released a record.

Audio Clips

We don't think the band ever released a record.

Where Are They Now?  

Robin Irvine: Robin, of course, left Chips and formed Bananas which played the Dublin and Belfast club scenes in 1974. In 1975, he emigrated to the States to play with a couple of members of Bananas and was joined by Robin Lavery when he left Chips. We received an email from Robin and he tells us that over the years he has worked as a musician, a roadie, a sound man, a tour manager and since 2001, a boat salesman. Today he is married with 3 girls and live in Westchester County, New York about 20 miles north of Manhattan, but, in his own words, "sadly I do not play any more."
Robin Lavery:  The last report of Robin is that he was working in Crymbals Music Store in Belfast, but that was some years ago. As far as we know, he is living in Bangor and still gives regularly with several of the musicians who were part of Dunno and the John Smith Band in the 1960's. Our thanks to Robin Irvine for the update.
Ken Wilson:
Jody Pollard:
John Donnelly:
Craig Mathieson:
Carl Geraghty:

 


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