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Cromwell Feature (1971-1976)

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

The Story

Having researched the Irish entertainment scene (including the rock scene) for over a decade now, I would have to say Cromwell was one of the most legitimate rock bands of the era. Not only were they on the road for at least five years, the core of the band remained unchanged and they released five singles and an album during that time.

Cromwell started life as a five piece band and included Pat Brady (guitar), Michael Kiely (guitar), Desmond Kiely (bass), Derek Dawson (drums) and Dave Kiely (vocals). The band first got a mention in the Spotlight issue of May 29th, 1971. In his Group Scene column, Pat Egan mentioned the boys briefly as a new band which "showed promise." The band would not get a mention again until the end of July when Pat described them as "one of the younger groups making the most progress." In August, Pat further described the band as having an image "between pop and heavy."

In mid November, 1971 lead singer Dave Kiely and bass player Desmond Kiely left the band. Dave was reported to be joining a soft rock group called Saga. In the same column, Pat Egan reported that the boys needed a manager, although a week later he reported that the band told him, they "have a manager." The band made a few changes to adapt to the new lineup. Mick O'Hagan (brother of Sean who is better know as Eurovision winner, Johnny Logan) replaced Dave on lead vocals and Mike Kiely switched from guitar to bass. 

As a quartet, the band continued to grow in reputation and stature. Pat Brady recently wrote me to say "Mick stayed with us for a year or so and then he left."

Pat continued, "At that point Michael Kiely and I (we had been writing some songs together) started to share the vocal duties and we were determined to make a go of it. We released our first single, Guinness Rock, appeared on a number of RTE shows and began touring Ireland. In those days showbands ruled the ballrooms and there were not many rock bands playing outside of Dublin and Cork. We built up a circuit and we played in every county in Ireland as well as in Belfast and Portadown in the North."

Pat followed up, "Myself and Michael Kiely went on to form The Establishment which was a folk duo. We released The Unfree Child and in 1979 went to Dubai where we had great success at the Hilton Hotel. It was there we wrote and released a hugely popular song, Life in the Emirates, which is taught to school kids there to this day."

More to come.....

Photo Gallery

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Cromwell - 1974

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Years Vocals Guitar Guitar/Bass Drums Bass
1971 Dave
Kiely
Pat
Brady
Michael (guitar)
Kiely
Derek
Dawson
Desmond
Kiely
1972 Mick
O'Hagan
Pat
Brady
Michael (bass)
Kiely
Derek
Dawson
 
1973-1976   Pat
Brady
Michael
Kiely
Derek
Dawson
 
           
           
           

Discography

Singles:

Guinness Rock / You Hate It To Turn
Cromwell Records - Unknown - March, 1973
Stomp Stomp Stomp / Nothing Left To See
Cromwell Records - DOS.118 - February, 1974
Deal Me In / Hoodwinked
Cromwell Records - Unknown - November, 1974
You Got It Made
/ You Got It Made (acoustic)
Cromwell Records - Unknown - May, 1975
First Day
/ You Hate It To Turn
Cromwell Records - WELL006 - 1976

Album:

At The Gallop
Cromwell Records - Unknown - November, 1975

Audio Clips

Coming Soon

Where Are They Now?  

Michael Kiely:
Pat Brady:
Derek Dawson:
Dave Kiely:
Desmond Kiely:
Mick O'Hagan:

 


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