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New Blues Feature (1972-1983)

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

The Story

The story of the New Blues actually starts with the final days of one of Ireland's top showbands, The Royal Blues. Late in 1971, a relatively young (23) Glen Curtin came home to Cork after spending 3 years in England on the cabaret scene. He was recruited to front a new band called simply, Glen Curtin's Band. Along with a 16 year old Cork girl who went under the name, Tara, the new band was managed by Matt Nodwell who had previously looked after the fortunes of Pat Lynch.

In May, 1972, an article in Spotlight reported that Glen (whose own band had not done well) had been drafted into a reconstituted New Blues along with Tara, the girl singer who had also been with his own band previously. His own band had only been on the road for nine months and Doc Carroll had left the Blues to front his own band The Nightrunners. Explained Glen, "Things didn't go as well as expected and after nine months I was on the point of going back to London when Tommy Hayden asked me to front the New Blues."

As with many bands who underwent major changes, the New Blues never quite lived up to the success of the Royal Blues, although they continued to do reasonable business and had the very talented Glen Curtin, who recorded their only chart single, I'd Love You to Want Me in 1973.   

In 1974 Glen was tapped to replace Red Hurley in the Nevada. Frank Gill joined Lola (Anne Mooney) as the band's two lead singers. Dave Flood also left the band to move to Johnny McEvoy's Band, but had also left that band by February, 1975.

1975 proved to be a tumultuous year for the band. Early in the year, shakeups in the lineup lead to big changes. Kieran Cavanagh joined the band in March 1975. At that time Lola was still there, but Glen Curtin had just left a short time earlier. Lola departed later that year in July and an article in Spotlight announced the signing of Ballinasloe native, Nora Larkin as the band's new female lead singer. She had previously been singing in England in the Birmingham area, but returned home to take up the new position with the Blues. At the same time Lola, who was quoted in Spotlight that "singing in the dance halls was repetitive and uninteresting, moved into cabaret. There was talk of a single with Tony Kenny, but we're not sure if it was released. Frank & Vincent Gill and the original drummer, Paddy Glynn, were still in the band.

In early 1976, Kieran Cavanagh bought out Vincent Gill's interest in the band and continued on as both the bass player and manager. The "new" New blues were formed and with the exception of Kieran and Tommy Lyndsey (both from Easkey, Co. Sligo), it was a new line up. The band was then fronted by Carole Wallace from Drogheda and Keith Beattie (keyboards) from Dublin.

Kieran Cavanagh takes up the story from a recent email, "We were together until mid 1982 when I disbanded the band as manager and bass player. Everyone scattered to various bands and walks of life, but of course our then sax player, Ritchie Buckley, went on to great things playing with Van Morrison and other well known International artists."

More to come...

Photo Gallery

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New Blues - 1973

New Blues (LF)

New Blues - 1974 (LR) Lola - 1974

New Blues (LF)

New Blues - 1974 (LR) New Blues - 1981 (DD)

New Blues (TC)

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Lineup Changes (More to come)
 

Year Vocals Vocals/Tpt Vocals/Tpt Guitar Bass Drums Keyboards Sax/Gtr
1972 Bobby
Magee
    John
O'Brien
Brian
Carr
Paddy
Glynn
Larry
Flood
Frank
Gill
1972 Glen
Curtin
Tara   John
O'Brien
Brian
Carr
Paddy
Glynn
Larry
Flood
Frank
Gill
1972 Glen
Curtin
Trina
Tara?
  John
O'Brien
Brendan
Arnold
Paddy
Glynn
Larry
Flood
Frank
Gill
1972 Glen
Curtin
Lola (Anne
Mooney)
  John
O'Brien
Brendan
Arnold
Paddy
Glynn
Larry
Flood
Frank
Gill
1974 Bobby
Magee
Lola (Anne
Mooney)
  John
O'Brien
Brendan
Arnold
Paddy
Glynn
Larry
Flood
Frank
Gill
June,
1974
Frank
Gill
Lola (Anne
Mooney)
  John
O'Brien
Brendan
Arnold
Paddy
Glynn
Larry
Flood
 
Early
1975
Frank
Gill
Lola (Anne
Mooney)
  John
O'Brien
Brendan
Arnold
Paddy
Glynn
Billy
Faughan
 
March
1975
Frank
Gill
Nora
Larkin
  Tommy
Lyndsey
Kieran
Cavanagh
Paddy
Glynn
Billy
Faughan
Noel (Gtr)
Gutherie
1976 Carole
Wallace
Tommy (Tpt)
O'Connor
  Tommy
Lyndsey
Kieran
Cavanagh
John
McManus
Keith
Beattie
Ritchie (Sax)
Buckley

Discography

Don't Say A Word (Glen Curtin)
Polydor Records - 1973
Love Me Love Me Love Me (Glen Curtin)
Polydor Records - 1973
All For The Love of Sunshine (Glen Curtin)
Polydor Records, October, 1973
I'd Love You To Want Me / Meadow Green (Glen Curtin) - #7 Irish Charts
Polydor Records - November, 1973
Down By The River (Lola)
Hawk Records - HASP 324 - 1973
Over and Over (Lola)
Hawk Records - Unknown - September, 1974
I'm So Afraid of Falling / The Snows of '49 (Lola)
Hawk Records - HASP 355 - December 1974
Dance (Lola)
Tap Records - TAP 003 - 1976
Never Can Tell (Carole)
Play Records - PLAY 103 - 1977
Turn Away (Carole)
Play Records - PLAY 107 - 1977
Baby You Should Be Laughing (Carole)
Play Records - PLAY 111 - 1978
Wayward Wind (Carole)
Dallas Records - DAL 103 - February, 1981
You Keep A Knocking (Carole)
Dallas Records - DAL 105 - 1981

Our thanks to Peter Kinsey for his help with this discography

Audio Clips

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Where Are They Now? (more to come)

Glen Curtin - RIP: Glen left the New Blues to join the Nevada for a short time before going out on his own to front The Galaxy Band. He had since enjoyed a successful solo career and released a CD in 2001 called Wild Colonial Boy. Sadly, Glen passed away on September 18th, 2009 at the young age of just 66. 
Lola (Anne Mooney): After leaving the New Blues, Annie (now Mullin) joined the Big 8. Annie writes us to tell us that after leaving the Big Eight she did not work for about a year or two, but stayed on in Las Vegas. She then formed her own band and worked on the strip and eventually went on to have a very successful duo called, simply "Annie and Kenny." She also got married. Around 2001 she actually rejoined the band for a while and worked with Brendan and Aisling Bowyer, but eventually gave it up as it was too hard to be away from her family. Today she currently manages a psychologist's office in Las Vegas, but still sings regularly.
John O'Brien: After leaving the New Blues, John became the guitarist with Ireland's pop group of the late 70's and early 80's, Bagatelle who he is still with today. 
Brendan Arnold: If you have info regarding Brendan, please let us know. 
Paddy Glynn: John Corless writes to tell us Paddy is living in Claremorris these days and still gigs frequently. His son is a professional soccer player.    
Frank Gill: Peter Kinsey writes to tell us that Frank Still tours around Britain and Ireland with his own band these days. 
Larry Flood: Larry wrote us in January, 2011 to tell us he left the New Blues in 1976 and formed a group called the Hustle which became the House band in the Hitching Post, Leixlip until 1980. He then then retired from music and became a flight Instructor. Today he has his own phone and electronics business in Dublin and is also Captain at  Knockanally Golf Club in Kildare for 2011. 
Carole Wallace - RIP: Carol retired from the entertainment business and lived in Drogheda. Carole married and became Carole Clarke. Sadly, Carole passed away suddenly aged 56 in October, 2015. From RIP.IE: Carole, beloved mother  of Molly and James. Sadly missed by her loving family and Derek, sisters Ann, Jackie and Audrey, brother Brian, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends
Nora Larkin:  If you have info regarding Nora, please let us know. 
Tommy O'Connor:  If you have info regarding Tommy please let us know.  
Tommy Lyndsey: Tommy runs a delivery service in his native Easkey and still performs in his own one man band - Kieran Cavanagh.
Kieran Cavanagh: After the band disbanded in 1982, Kieran formed KCP, a Dublin-based concert, promotion and production company in 1985. Some of the biggest international names have toured Ireland for KCP including James Brown, Van Morrison, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Tammy Wynette, Daniel O’Donnell, Chuck Berry, Trisha Yearwood, Mary Chapin Carpenter and many. In 1995, Kieran Cavanagh received the prestigious CMA Award for International Promoter of the Year at a special dinner in the Nashville convention centre. He is currently producing the Celtic inspired Rhythm of the Dance show.
John McManus: If you have info regarding John, please let us know. 
Ritchie Buckley: Ritchie went on to become one of Ireland's greatest musicians. He has collaborate with Van Morrison, Freddie Hubbard, Bob Dylan, Georgie Fame, Carlos Santana, Barry Manilow, and Elvis Costello. He has also recorded and performed with major Irish artists including The Cranberries, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Sinead O’Connor, Paul Brady and Bill Whelan. His critically acclaimed album 'Your Love is Here', featuring his own compositions and guest artists Lew Soloff and the Robin Aspland Trio, was recorded in September 2000.
Keith Beattie: Keith is now a teacher and as far as we know, he no longer performs professionally.

 


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