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Gerry and the Ohio Feature ()

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

The Story

Gerry Cronin from Tuam in County Galway, had an amazing career which started when he joined the Johnny Flynn Band and continued with his own band, The Ohio in the mid 1960's and continued through his Cronin Family Band in the early 1980's.

Gerry had joined with the Johnny Flynn band in the late 1950's (we think around 1958). For five years or so, he learned his craft while the band continued to build its reputation as one of the greatest dance bands to come out of the West. Around 1964, Gerry decided it was time to make the big move and he, Billy Potter and   

In late 1968, Gerry announced the band was moving from it's country and western roots to a more pop sound. They added an 18 year old drummer, Terry McCoy from Limerick and made some changes to the lineup. In an interview with Ken Stewart in the March 1, issue of Spotlight, Gerry told Ken, "Our manager, Pat Creighton, thought some new faces would be an improvement, so we had a reshuffle recently. Now its like starting all over again. The band has taken a more flexible approach. We play more chart material than we used to." An article in Spotlight on April 26th, 1969 reported that Padraic Potter had rejoined the Ohio.  

In October, 1970, the band performed entries in the Castlebar Song Contest, one of which, One Step From Nowhere, won the pop section of the contest. Written by John Lavery, the band recorded the song in Belfast and released the single.   

More to come.....

Photo Gallery

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Gerry Cronin of the Ohio (BS) Gerry and the Ohio (LR) Ohio Showband - 1966 (LR) Gerry & The Ohio (LR) Gerry Cronin (LR)
Gerry Cronin of The Ohio Showband (DD) Gerry & The Ohio (PB) Gerry & The Ohio (DD) Gerry & The Ohio (JB) Gerry & The Ohio (JB)
Gerry & The Ohio - 1971 Gerry & The Ohio (LR) Ohio - 1970 Ohio - 1971 Ohio - 1970
 
Ohio (PL) Gerry Cronin (PL)xx Ohio - 1972 Ohio - 1972 Coming Soon
Years Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Keys/Trmbn Sax Trumpet
196? Gerry
Cronin
Billy
Potter
Billy
Carson
Des
Hopkins
Liam
Meade
Paraic
Potter
Marco
Petrassi
1965 Gerry
Cronin
Billy
Potter
John
Browne
Des
Hopkins
Jarlath
Maloney
Paraic
Potter
Olly
Maloney
1966 Gerry
Cronin
Billy
Potter
John
Browne
Des
Hopkins
Frank
Grealey
Paraic
Potter
Marco
Petrassi
1968 Gerry
Cronin
Billy
Potter
John
Browne
Des
Hopkins
Frank
Grealey
Paraic
Potter
Marco
Petrassi
1968 Gerry
Cronin
Billy
Potter
John
Browne
Des
Hopkins
Teddy
McCoy
Paraic
Potter
Marco
Petrassi
1970 Gerry
Cronin
Billy
Potter
John
Browne
Des
Hopkins
Frank
Clancy
Paraic
Potter
Eamonn
Mangan
1971 Gerry
Cronin
Billy
Potter
John
Browne
Des
Hopkins
Frank
Clancy
Unknown Eamonn
Mangan
               

Discography

Singles:

Ring of Fire / Tips of My Fingers
Pye Records / Unknown / Unknown Date
Among The Wicklow Hills / A Little Bit of Heaven
Pye Records / 7N.17098 / 1966
Mynah Bird (Marco Petrassi) / The Carnival Is Over
Pye Records / 7N.17127 / June, 1966
Dark Circles / Our Theme of Love
Pye Records / 7N.17185 / September, 1966
An Old Christmas Card / Stand At Your Window
Pye Records / 7N.17234 / December, 1966
The Club Kick / You're The Nearest Thing To Heaven
Pye Records / 7N.17502 / April, 1968
Bobby / Fishing For The Shoal
Pye Records / Unknown / June, 1968
Hitch Hiker / The Bride's Bouquet
Emerald Records / MD.1140 / April, 1970
One Step Away From Nowhere / Whisper To The Wind
Emerald Records / MD.1152 / November, 1970

 

Albums:

Country and Western Time
Emerald Records - GES 1037 - June,1970
Ohio Country
Emerald Records - GES 1072 - January, 1972

Audio Clips

Coming Soon

Where Are They Now?  

Gerry Cronin - RIP:  After starting with the Johnny Flynn Band, Gerry left the band sometime in the early to mid 1960's and formed his own band, The Ohio. The band started as a showband and eventually went on to country music and eventually pop as it became the Cronin Family Band in the late 70's and early 80's. Sadly Gerry passed away April 3, 1988.
Billy Potter:
Billy Carson:
Des Hopkins:
Liam Meade:
Paraic Potter: Paraic left the band around 1970 and we think he returned home to Sligo where he helped form the Jazz Ladds who have attained legendary status across the Northwest. They regularly play at major jazz festivals across the country and can be seen every lunchtime on Sundays in the Harp Tavern where they have been playing a regular session every week for many years.     
Marco Petrassi:
Olly Moloney: RIP Ollie left the Johnny Flynn Band in the mid 1960's (we not sure if it was the same time as Gerry Cronin), but we do know he ended up with the Ohio showband for a short time. He then formed his own Olly Moloney Band in the 1970's. Sadly, Olly passed away March 23, 1994.      
John Browne:
Teddy McCoy:
Frank Clancy: Frank went on to join Magic and the Swallows, based in Galway which eventually became the Magic Band. At one point Frank owned his own company in Tuam. In January 2014, we received an update from Frank. He said he doesn't play music much any more and is 80% retired but he is still partly involved in a small GPS company called Celtrak and plays golf regularly.
Band Member:

Partial Discography-Singles:

Ring of Fire / Tips of My Fingers
PYE Records - 7N.
Among The Wicklow Hills / A Little Bit of Heaven
PYE Records - 7N.17098 - 1966
Myna Bird / The Carnival Is Over
Pye Records - 7N.17127 - 1966
Dark Circles / An Old Christmas Card
Stand At Your Window
Theme Of Love

 

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