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Roly Daniels and Green County (1971-1975?)

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The Story

Roly Daniels and Green County were a band probably a few years in the making, but the logical culmination of two of the era's superstars who had played together five years earlier. 

Jim Farley started his career as a member of the Earl Gill Showband playing sax and clarinet. During his years with Earl, he honed his showband skills and after eight years went out on his own forming the highly ambitious Jim Farley Band Show around 1964. The eleven piece band (which also included some additional dancers) was one of the largest bands on the road, but eventually proved too large for the circuit. The lineup included: Pat Farmer (trumpet), Des Moore (guitar) Jim Farley (sax), Seamus McIntyre (trombone), Kevin Brady (drums), Kevin Gregan (bass), Terry Mahon (vocals), Joe McIntyre (RIP-trumpet), Tony Kearns (sax), Tony Woods (RIP-vocals) and Danny Pearse (RIP-guitar/vocals). Although it was difficult to manage such a large outfit, Jim would return to this "big band" idea later in his career.

Over Easter, 1965, the Band Show imploded with Joe McIntyre, brother Shay, Tony Woods, and Des Moore breaking away to from the Express Showband. They added Brendan O'Loughlin on bass and Peter Ainscough on drums to fill out their lineup. At the same time, Jim carried on with a smaller lineup, changing the name of the band the the Jim Farley All Stars. Young Dessie Reynolds was recruited on drums, Roly Daniels came on board to sing and Danny Ellis joined on trombone (Danny had previously been with Liam Hurley in the Airchords). Roly played with Jim for two years before splitting to join the Nevada.

After about three years on the road with one of the top showbands of the era, the split between pop and country was in full swing. Although touted as Ireland's answer to Tom Jones earlier in his career, Roly was always country at heart. It was only natural that he should choose the country side of the tracks and enlisted his old band mate, Jim, to put together a top class country lineup.

The orignal lineup in 1971 included Francie Hughes (trombone), Paul Duffy (trumpet/keyboards), Roly Daniels (vocals), Dermot Woodfull (RIP-guitar), Jim Farley (bandleader/sax), Martin Brannigan (drums) and Barry Scully (bass). The band was an instant success based on Roly's six years playing with a couple of the era's top bands. Their first single, Sunny Tennessee, went straight into the Irish charts, rising to number 11, just outside the top ten.  

A report in Julie Boyd's column in Spotlight dated March 7, 1974 reported that four members of the band, Desi McDonald, Tommy Flaherty, Billy Donaldson and Sean Gallagher had quit the band. In 1974 Pascal Mooney reported former Green County member, Sean Flanagan, joined Shelley and the Big Valley.  A report on August 15, 1974 said Maurice Cooney had quit to join Red Hurley's new band.

More to come.....

Photo Gallery

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Years Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Trumpet Sax Trombone
1971 Roly
Daniels
Dermot
Woodfull
Barry
Scully
Martin
Branigan
Paul
Duffy
Jim
Farley
Francie
Hughes
Apr
1972
Roly
Daniels
Billy
Donaldson
Sean
Gallagher
Mick
Nash
Dessie
McDonald
Jim
Farley
Francie
Hughes
1973 Roly
Daniels
Billy
Donaldson
Sean
Gallagher
Tommy
O'Flaherty
Dessie
McDonald
Jim
Farley
Francie
Hughes
Feb
1974
Roly
Daniels
Billy
Donaldson
Maurice
Cooney
Peter
Lyons
Dessie
McDonald
Jim
Farley
Francie
Hughes
Aug
1974
Roly
Daniels
Billy
Donaldson
Maurice
Cooney
Peter
Lyons
Dessie
McDonald
Jim
Farley
Francie
Hughes
               

Discography

Singles:

Sunny Tennessee / Sing Me Back Home - #11 Irish Charts
Release Records - RL.577 - April, 1971
My Wild Mountain Rose - #14 Irish Charts
Release Records - October, 1971
Hello Darlin' - #2 Irish Charts
Release Records - RL.609 - December, 1971
Don't Forget To Say I Love You - #9 Irish Charts
Release Records - RL.653 - September, 1972
Funny Face - #4 Irish Charts
Release Records - RL.680 - May, 1973
The Most Beautiful Girl - #2 Irish Charts
Release Records - March, 1974

Albums:

Hello Darlin'
Release Records - SRL.3007 - 1972

Audio Clips

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Where Are They Now?   (More to come)

Roly Daniels: He enjoyed great success on the country scene in Ireland racking up several major hits before going solo. During the 70's and 80's Roly continued to release single records and albums, although his last solo chart single was If You've Got Ten Minutes released back in 1979. Today, Roly still regularly tours Ireland and is as popular as ever.  
Jim Farley:
Dermot Woodfull: Dermot sadly was killed in a car accident in the early 1990's.
Martin Branigan: Martin went on to a long career in showbands including stints with the Miami, Red Hurley and others. He has lived in a variety of placed over the past few years including Sydney, San Francisco and London but has now settled back in Terenure with his wife. They have owned and operated a company called Edutainmentireland for the past six years. He still gigs on a regular basis.
Paul Duffy:
Barry Scully:
Francie Hughes:
Billy Donaldson:
Sean Gallagher:
Tommy O'Flaherty:
Dessie McDonald:


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