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Cathy and the Fugitives Story (1971-1973)

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

The Story

Cathy Heaney had been singing around her native Swinford in Mayo with her family band called Cathy and the Heroes when opportunity came knocking in mid 1971. After the demise of the Niagra showband, former manager John Conway was looking for a new band to promote and joined with Des Kelly promotions to form Cathy and the Fugitives.

The original line-up included Cathy (vocals) and her brother Willie Heaney on rhythm guitar), Mike Kelly (who would later join the Fairways and marry Sandy Kelly on bass), Pat Halpin of the Niagra on lead guitar and bandleader, Jimmy Deacy on drums, Malachy Tiernan on sax and Pat Foley on sax. Although initially managed by John Conway, in October 1971 Jimmy Higgins (manager of the Raindrops) from Galway took over management of the band.

The band was launched in June, 1971 and had a record out to coincide with their debut, "The Old Fashioned House," which did not sell many copies, but helped establish the band at least in the western part of the country. By September, Mike Kelly and Pat Foley had left the band and were replaced by Tom Ryan of Tuam (RIP) on bass and Alan Carr from Dublin on trumpet. In October, they released their second single, Moonlight in Mayo which had been done by several other artists including the Niagra. In November 1971 they set out of their first tour of England.

In April 1972 Maurice Henry of the Freshmen (Ballymena) took over managing the band. The last gig we can find the band advertised for was in March, 1973. In September, 1974, Cathy married Kevin Murtagh of Swinford,

More to come.....

Photo Gallery

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Fugitives (RF) Fugitives - 1971 Fugitives - 1971 Fugitives - 1971 Fugitives - late 1971
 
Fugitives - 1972 Fugitives - 1971 Fugitives - 1972 Fugitives - 1972 Coming Soon
Years Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Guitar Sax Sax/Trumpet
June
1971
Cathy
Heaney
Pat
Halpin
Mike
Kelly
Jimmy
Deacy
Willie
Heaney
Pat
Foley
Malachy
Tiernan
Sept
1971
Cathy
Heaney
Pat
Halpin
Tom
Ryan
Jimmy
Deacy
Willie
Heaney
Pat
Foley
Alan
Carr
Dec
1971
Cathy
Heaney
Pat
Halpin
Tom
Ryan
Jimmy
Deacy
Willie
Heaney
Pat
Foley
Tommy
Bourke
June
1972
Cathy
Heaney
Pat
Halpin
Tom
Ryan
Jimmy
Deacy
Willie
Heaney
Pat
Foley
 
               

Discography

The Old Fashioned House / Let Him Go Let Him Tarry / Skibbereen
Ruby Records - RUB 128 - June, 1971
Moonlight In Mayo / I'll Remember You Love In My Prayers
Ruby Records - RUB 139 - October, 1971

Audio Clips

         
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Coming Soon

Where Are They Now?  

Cathy Heaney (Murtagh):
Pat Halpin:
Mike Kelly:
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