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Country Flavour Feature (1968-1978?)

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

The Story

The story of the Country Flavour starts in the late sixties when the band started out as the Old Cross Bandshow. In September, 1970, the Old Cross announced it was changing its name to The Country Flavour. The lead singer with the band was Philomena Begley. They had produced several records in 1968 and 1969, but had not made their way into the charts.

In 1971 Philomena and the band signed with Release Records and made the switch from Irish music to country, never looking back. The first record they released on the label, Here Today Gone Tomorrow climbed to number seven in the Irish charts, giving Philomena the first of many top ten hits.  

In April, 1974, Pascal Mooney reported in his Jamboree column that new vocalist, Marlena, was taking over as lead singer with The Country Flavour. The 18 year old Tyrone lass was the first of several singers who fronted the band in the mid seventies. Like many of her peers, Philomena Begley had struck out on her own and she formed her Ramblin' Men. 

Marlena didn't last long though as in December, 1974, a full page advert in Spotlight announced the arrival of Eileen King as the band's new lead vocalist. From Co. Armagh, Eileen was described as a "true country girl" by band leader Mickey McNally.

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Photo Gallery

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Country Flavour (KS) Philomena Begley & Country Flavour - 1973 Philomena Begley (DL) Eileen King's first photo Dan O'Hara & the Country Flavour - 1978
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Years Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Keyboards Accordion Fiddle Trumpet
1968 Philomena
Begley
             
1973 Philomena
Begley
Dan
O'Hara
Brian
McNally
Kevin
Casey
Tom
Quinn
John
O'Neill
Pat
Hamill
Mickey
McNally?
1974 Marlena              
Dec
1975
Eileen
King
             
1978 Dan
O'Hara
Frank
Smith
Kieran
Doherty
Kevin
Casey
Pat
Quinn
John
O'Neill
Pat
Hamill
Aloysious
Quinn (Steel)

Discography

Philomena Begley and the Old Cross Bandshow
My Little Son / Heartaches for a Dime
Dolphin Records - DOS 11 - 1968
Old Ardbo / The Wild Side of Life
Dolphin Records - DOS 38 - May, 1969
The Box It Came In / Greener Pastures
Dolphin Records - DOS 50 - December, 1968

Philomena Begley and the Country Flavour
Here Today Gone Tomorrow / Cabin Home
- #7 Irish Charts
Release Records - RL.588 - May, 1971
Never Again (Will I Knock On Your Door) / Truck Driving Woman
- #15 Irish Charts
Release Records - RL.616 - February, 1972
Ramblin' Man /
 - #9 Irish Charts
Release Records - RL.640 - September, 1972
The Light In The Window / Husband Hunting
- #7 Irish Charts
Release Records - RL.690 - September, 1973

Marlena and the Country Flavour
Happy Heart
Unknown - October, 1974

Dan O'Hara and the Country Flavour
HTill You Can Make It On Your Own / Everybody's Woman
Release Records - December, 1978

Albums
Truck Driving Woman (Philomena Begley)
Release Records - BRL.4030 - November, 1972

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