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Buckaroos Story (1968-198?)

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

The Story

Brian Coll's career started back in the early 1960's when he was with The Polka Dots, a band that would later be fronted by Frankie McBride and would also be joined by Rob Strong. However, he really came into his own as a member of one of Ireland's most enduring bands, the Plattermen. Initially called The Platters Showband, the group soon changed their name because of confusion with The American Platters. In short time, they became The Plattermen. However, in Brian's day, the Plattermen were a country showband and a long way from the outfits fronted by Rob Strong and Simon Scott in the 1970's.

The origins of the Buckaroos is a little hard to figure out from documentary (Spotlight) evidence. In July, 1968, the Plattermen announced the addition of Simon Scott to the lineup and a change of direction for the band from country to pop. There was no mention of Brian's future at the time and, in fact, no mention of him for almost a year.

We assume that Brian took the same step that many other showband vocalists took in those heady days...he went out on his own. However, the timing of the formation of the Buckaroos is unknown. The next time Brian appeared in Spotlight was in May, 1969 when he released Asthoreen Bawn, his first recording with the "recently formed Buckaroos" (the same name as Buck Owens' backing group in the States). Brian had teamed up with the manager of the Polka Dots, Barney Curley to handle the new outfit.

We are trying to get the names of the band's original lineup.

In March, 1970 the band added three new members - keyboard player Jim Bradley from Motherwell in Scotland, Leo Mulligan from Omagh on banjo and fiddle and a third member, we cannot identify. Seamus McCusker was the band's manager at that time.

In the summer of 1971, Brian was off the road for a short time due to an illness. A small advert in Spotlight conveyed his apologies for the absence and a few weeks later, he was back on stage. Later reports in Spotlight (late 1971) said that Brian had spent six weeks in hospital with an unspecified foot ailment.  

In April, 1974, Pascal Mooney reported in Spotlight, that four members of the band had left to join Philomena Begley's new band, The Ramblin' Men. The defecting members were; Liam Gibson (guitar), Kevin Farrelly (sax), Colm Keeley (drums), and Kevin McGinty (bass/trumpet). Artie McGlynn (guitar) and Jim Bradley (keyboards) stayed with the Buckaroos.  

An article in the "Release Round Up" from Spotlight on October 3, 1974 announced that Brian had joined the Release organization for both recording and management. The article also confirmed that long time manager, Seamus McCusker would continue to handle Brian's bookings, while having the full support of Release's marketing and PR resources. To some degree, the announcement seems to have been superficial as Brian had been recording with Release since 1969. 

A recent scan of YouTube uncovered a video of a BBC2 TV show made in 1980 called Six Days on the Road which captured Brian and the Buckaroos as they traveled across Ireland and over to England for gigs. It is a great "snapshot" of the way things were for bands back as the era wound down and Brian makes some very revealing comments about the state of the industry at the time, as well as his own career. It is well worth a look if you have the time.         

More to come.....

Photo Gallery

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Years Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Keyboards Sax Guitar
1969 Brian
Coll
  Kevin
McGinty
       
1970 Brian
Coll
Artie
McGlynn
Kevin
McGinty
Colm
Keeley
Jim
Bradley
Kevin
Farrelly
Liam
Gibson
1971 Brian
Coll
Artie
McGlynn
Kevin
McGinty
Colm
Keeley
Jim
Bradley
Kevin
Farrelly
Liam
Gibson
1973 Brian
Coll
Artie
McGlynn
Kevin
McGinty
Colm
Keeley
Jim
Bradley
Kevin
Farrelly
Liam
Gibson
April
1974
Brian
Coll
Artie
McGlynn
Unknown Unknown Jim
Bradley
Unknown Martin
Coll
1975 Brian
Coll
Artie
McGlynn
Unknown Unknown Jim
Bradley
Unknown Martin
Coll
1980 Brian
Coll
Artie
McGlynn
Pat
Unknown
Freddie
Unknown
Tony
Unknown
  Martin
Coll
               

Discography (More to come)

Singles:

Asthoreen Bawn / I'll Be Glad To Help You Out
Release Records - RL.511 - April, 1969
The Prisoner's Song / I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home
Release Records - RL.530 - May, 1970
Give An Irish Girl To Me / Waiting - #7 Irish Charts
Release Records - RL.548 - October, 1970
Soldier's Last Letter / Must You Throw Dirt In My Face
Release Records - RL.580 - May, 1971
These Are My Mountains / Kentucky In The Morning - #3 Irish Charts
Release Records - RL.594 - August, 1971
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again / The Knoxville Girl - #8 Irish Charts
Release Records - RL.619 - January, 1972
Four Great Irish Hits EP - #4 Irish Charts
Release Records - MRL.1001 - June, 1972
She's Mine / Picture On The Wall - #12 Irish Charts
Release Records - RL.639 - June, 1972
4 Great Irish Hits EP, Vol.2 /
Give An Irish Girl To Me - #10 Irish Charts
Release Records - MRL.1002 - September, 1972
The Moon Behind The Hill / Candy Kisses - #13 Irish Charts
Release Records - RL.672 - April, 1973
Cover Mamas Flowers / Arms Full of Empty / Pass Me By - #14 Irish Charts
Release Records - RL.708 - December, 1973
Hometown on The Foyle / If I Could Start Over/Silver Haired Daddy - #5 Irish Charts
Release Records - RL.727 - March, 1974
Mail Call - #11 Irish Charts
Release Records - Unknown - January, 1975
The Farmer / Mickey McCann - #6 Irish Charts
Release Records - RL.831 - July, 1976

Albums:

Sing Me Back Home
Release Records - SRL 3002 - 1970
The Best Of Brian Coll Country
Release Records - BRL 4039 - 1974?
Cover Mama's Flowers
Harp Records - HPE 603 - 1980 
Country Coll
Release Records - DSRL 6001 Double album 
Old Loves Never Die
Harmac Records - HM 31 - 1987
Countrified
Unknown Records - Unknown

Audio Clips

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Where Are They Now?  

Brian Coll: Brian is still going strong and is a regular on the popular concert circuit in Ireland and England. He regularly tours and remains one of Ireland's best loved country performers. We understand Brian turned 70 in 2011, so the fact that remains relevant on the scene is an even greater testament to his longevity and talent.  
Arty McGlynn: While still with the Buckaroos, Arty started to focus his attention on the very different world of Irish traditional music. In 1979, while still with the band, he recorded his first solo album, "McGlynn's Fancy," which was the first recording ever in which the guitar is played in an authentic traditional style, and his reputation was spreading in a new direction. He subsequently became one of the most sought after musicians in the country, playing and recording with the likes of Christy Moore and Paul Brady and played with Planxty, Patrick Street, De Danann and the Van Morrison Band.
Kevin McGinty: If you know more, please let us know.
Colm Keeley: If you know more, please let us know.
Jim Bradley: If you know more, please let us know.
Kevin Farrelly:  If you know more, please let us know.
Liam Gibson: If you know more, please let us know.
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