Silver Pennies Feature (1971-1986?)
Photo Gallery -
Band Lineups -
- Audio samples -
Where Are They Now?
We are pretty confident the Silver
Pennies were formed at the start of 1971 (articles from July, 1972,
stated they had been formed "18 months ago"). The first mention of
the Silver Pennies we can find in Spotlight came on June 10,
1972. In his Dateline London column, Paschal Mooney raved
about the band's tour of London dance dates. The 8 piece outfit was
managed by Eddie Kelly of Kingscourt who spent a lot of money
publicising the band in the summer of 1972. Hardly a week went by
between June and August where he did not run an advert for the band.
In June, 1972 the band was joined
by April South (a.k.a. Maria Curry from Teemore, Co. Cavan, although
Spotlight identified her as being from Enniskillen). The same article in Spotlight
said she had been
the resident singer with the band in Dublin's Laurel Park Ballroom,
but we're not sure if this is true. However they were now a nine
piece, an oddity in the 1970's.
Around 1979 or 1980, the
band dropped the Silver Pennies name and became simply the April
South Band. More to come...
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