Blue Aces Feature (1957-1966)
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Where Are They Now?
The Blue Aces Band was formed
in Waterford round about 1957/58 from an earlier band called the
MELLOCHORDS. Rehearsals used to take place in bass player Seamus
Carew's front room. How everyone fitted in remains a mystery. The
bass in those days was a full size upright bass fiddle!! Jerry
O'Shea used to carry his drum kit there in an old pram...
Sophistication at its finest!!
However from these modest
beginnings emerged one of the finest bands in the country at that
time. During my time with the band, from August 1961 there were
quite a few changes of dress. The earliest I can remember was blue
shirts with yellow neckerchiefs, then blue jackets and black
trousers, paisley type jackets, and finally all white suits. How
they kept clean I'll never know.
Again during my time, the
'Van" was a white Commer minibus with seating for ten, space at the
back and a roof rack. Speakers, drum cases, and bass fiddle all went
on top covered with a tarpaulin, and it was parked in the open at
night... innocent times! Duchy O'Meara the trombone player, had the
dubious honour of loading the roof in all weathers.
I was involved in the
earliest record made by the band in Henry Street in Dublin in 1961 (Eamon
Andrews studio I think) It was a demo: Sucu Sucu/Kon Tiki/Last
Night&Rockin Goose. Other singles were made later when the band
moved to the UK. These were on Pye and Columbia labels.
Early excursions to the UK
took place as with other bands during Lent, when there was of course
no dancing in Ireland. Clubs visited were mainly in London,
Manchester, and Coventry. I myself never appeared on TV with the
band, but in the later sixties they did quite a bit of work for the
BBC. In fact the Blue Aces backed Lulu when she performed "Shout" on
Top of the Pops.
In conclusion I have many
fond memories of my time with the "Aces" I visit Waterford often and
meet up with the boys. As recently as May 2002 a reunion was held in
Waterford, the proceedings being filmed by WLR the local TV station.
Ahh what nostalgia.
More to come.....
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