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Blue Aces Feature (1957-1966)

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The Story

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.....

Photo Gallery

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Blue Aces - 1961 (MG)

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Years Trombone Guitar Bass Drums Keyboards Sax Sax Trumpet Trombone
                   
1961 Tony
Dalton
Mick
Gilligan
Seamus
Carew
Jerry
O'Shea
John
Cooney
Charlie
Cheevers
Neil
McMahon
Tony
Condon
Michael
O'Meara
1966 Keith
Field
Ron
Ryan
Geoff
Foot
Mike
Gallagher
  Charlie
Cheevers
  Ron
Carthy
 
                   

Discography

S - #3 Irish Charts
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