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Clouds (Dublin) Feature (1969-1972)

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

The Story

The story of the Clouds is a microcosm of what was happening on the showband scene in 1969. By this time, many of the biggest bands had started to be perceived as stale by punters as their lineups aged and a new generation of dancers started to fill the ballrooms (although in lesser numbers than the early to mid 60's). Bands had started to reinvent themselves and in an effort to appeal to younger dancers, and many managers looked to the Dublin beat group scene for a younger pool of talent. From 1967-1969 names like Tony Kenny, Maurice Walsh, John Farrell and a host of others came from small Dublin groups to front major bands.

In late 1969, another group joined these ranks when the members of The Fire Brigade, a well know Dublin beat group, were joined by a couple additional musicians to form the Clouds, advertised as one of the new "progressive pop" outfits on the ballroom scene. This same tag was used to describe bands like The Real McCoy, Dreams, and several other new bands on the scene.

The original members of the band were the Fire Brigade's Austin Smith (vocals), Martin Byrne (bass), Vince Quinlan (guitar), Mick Doherty (guitar/trombone), Gene Malone (drums), and new band members Pascal Haverty (sax from the Chessmen) and Sean Scanlon (trumpet from the San Antones). The band played their first gig in the Top Hat Ballroom on Saturday, October 18th, 1969.

Managers Dan McGrattan and Mick Quinn described the band as, "young with a fantastic enthusiasm for what they are doing. They will always put the emphasis on getting across to the new generation of pop people."  The band released it's first (and apparently only) record, Jack and Jill in November of 1969.

In October, 1970, a small article in Spotlight announced "Most Promising" Band Split. The article announced that although lead singer, Austin (Stuart?) Smith, was being kept on by the management of the band, the rest of the band was let go. It was reported that four members would be returning to the club scene with a new group. Former Chessmen member, Pascal Haverty, went to the Virginians, who had undergone a complete transformation in just a matter of months.

In February 1974, the band announced massive changes to their lineup. The new band was: Jim Patterson (bass), Jackie Holliday (drums), David Johnston (sax), George brown (guitar), Davy Stuart (vocals) and another unknown member. All the original members of the band were gone.                

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Photo Gallery

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Clouds - 1969

Clouds - 1969

Clouds - 1969

The Clouds - 1970

Clouds - 1969

Clouds - 1969

Clouds - 1969

The Clouds - 1970

Clouds - 1974

Clouds (Dublin) (RF)
     
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Years Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Gtr/Trombone Sax Trumpet
1969 Austin
Smith
Vince
Quinlan
Martin
Byrne
Gene
Malone
Mick
Doherty
Pascal
Haverty
Sean
Scanlon
1970 Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown   Unknown Unknown
1974 Davy
Stewart
George
Brown
Jim
Patterson
Jackie
Holliday
  David
Johnston
Unknown
               
               

Discography

Jack and Jill /
Phoenix Records - CAS 107 - November, 1969

Audio Clips

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