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Philosophers Feature (1969-197?)

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

The Story

The Philosophers started their careers as many showbands did, as a five piece group in their hometown of Galway, playing to local hops and dances. Dermot Ward, leader of the group was originally from Donegal, but had gone to Galway to study at UCG. Together with Jarlath Reidy (bass), Donal Lydon (drums), Chris Donnelly (guitar) and John Grant (keyboards) the band were doing well locally. When they made the decision to turn pro and hit the ballroom circuit, they added Cyril Fuller on sax and Mike Healy on trumpet and hit the road.

An article in the Sligo Champion's Bandstand column on January 10, 1969 reported that they had made their debut as a fully fledged 7 piece showband on the 7th of December, 1968.

In September 1970 Pat Egan reported in Spotlight that Donal (Don) had left the band and it was now being run by Dermot Ward.

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Photo Gallery

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Dermot Ward - 1969

Philosophers - 1969

Philosophers - 1969

Philosophers - 1969

Philosophers - 1969

 

Philosophers - 1969

Philosophers - 1970

Philosophers - 1969

Philosophers - 1969

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Years Vocals/Keys Guitar Bass Drums Keys Sax Trumpet
1969 Dermot
Ward
Chris
Donnelly
Jarlath
Reidy
Donal
Lydon
John
Grant
Cyril
Fuller
Mike
Healy
1970 Dermot
Ward
Chris
Donnelly
Jarlath
Reidy
Unknown John
Grant
Cyril
Fuller
Mike
Healy
               
               

Discography

Back At The Lodge / Don't Hold Me Back
Target Records / 7N.17700 / January, 1969
Lovedene Girls / I Believe Forever
Target Records / Unknown / May, 1969
Hey Girl / Smile
Honey Records / 7N.17700 / September, 1969
Live Rock
Honey Records / Unknown / June, 1970
Songwriter
EMI Records / IEMI.5068 / January, 1977
Back At The Lodge (featuring Samba)
Shaft Records / SF.402 / Unknown Release date
Bonaparte's Retreat
Release Records / RL.225 / May, 1975

 

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