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Silver Pennies Feature (1971-1986?)

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

The Story

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...   

Photo Gallery

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Silver Pennies-1972

Silver Pennies-1972

Silver Pennies-1972

April & Paddy Boy - 1972

Silver Pennies-1972

Paddy Boy (KG) Silver Pennies (KG) April South (KG) Silver Pennies (KG) (Silver) Pennies (KG)
Silver Pennies (KG) April South (KG) Paddy Boy (KG) April South Silver Pennies (RF)
Silver Pennies (RF) Silver Pennies (RF) Silver Pennies (RF) Silver Pennies (RF) April South Band (GC)

Silver Pennies-1975 (GC)

Silver Pennies-1976 (GC)

Silver Pennies-1977 (GC)

Silver Pennies-1978 (GC)

Silver Pennies-1978 (GC)

         

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Years Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Keyboards Sax Trumpet
      Pat
Hughes
Sean
McCormick
     
      John
McKenna
       
               
               

Discography (incomplete)

I'm Your Little Boy (Paddy Boy) / Climb Up
Unknown Label - April, 1972
One Tin Soldier (April) / The Brew / Yes Tonight Josephine (Paddy Boy)
Velvet Records - VE 038 - 1973
Ride Your Hobby Horse
Rockelly Records - Unknown - 1979
Light of Love

Rockelly Records - RKR 10780 - 1980

Audio Clips

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Where Are They Now?  

April South: In a recent online article, we learned April (real name Marian Curry), left the Pennies in 1986 and moved to London where she performed traditional Irish music with 'April South and Friends'. Paignton in Devon was her next port-of-call in 1993, and, (under the stage-name 'Mariane') she spent a number of years securing residencies in hotels and clubs along the coast. She also had a regular spot in 'The Mucky Duck' bar in Tenerife. In the late 1990's she returned to Ireland and has been playing Country music with partner Ally Harron.
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