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All About Sunshine (1974-1988)?

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

The Story

Sunshine started life in the early 1970's when Stuart Bingham and Bryce Norrie played together in the group. Stuart left the band when Paul Lyttle left Chips to form Lyttle People in 1973, he also did a short stint with The Sands around that time. For a short time, Sunshine was forgotten.

In late 1973, Lyttle People split with Paul and Linda rejoining Chips, this left Stuart Bingham without a job. At the same, it was reported that Northern band, Candy. was going through its own problems and the end result was the reformation of Sunshine with the lineup as: Bryce Norrie (vocals), Ray Toal (bass), Stuart Bingham (guitar), Sam Johnson (keyboards), Barry Richardson (drums) [both Sam and Barry were with the original Sunshine], Fran Dennis (trombone) and Gerry Mulryan (trumpet). However, despite being reported in Spotlight, Bryce did not leave Candy, and we do not know what Stuart and the others actually did for the next few months.

However, in May 1974 an article in Spotlight reported that Bryce was leaving Candy and was going to team up with his old bandmate Stuart Bingham, who was playing cabaret with a band called Tapestry. Tapestry had been on an extended tour of Canada and when they returned they started looking for a guitarist.

Tapestry members Irene McIlroy (vocals), Shaun Magee (bass) and Arty Moorhead (drums) teamed up with Stuart Bingahm(guitar), who suggested the band add vocalist, and his former band mate, Bryce Norrie to the lineup. "We decided to use Sunshine because it was probably a better known name, hence better gigs, etc." reports Shaun Magee, "then Stuart suggested bringing in Bryce, which we thought was a good idea, and that was it." Sunshine hit the road.

At around the same time, the newly reformed Chips were losing bass player, Robin Irvine to the United States and a group called Bananas. At Sunshine's first gig (the Revolution Club in Dublin), Paul Lyttle, Linda Martin and Robin Irvine arrived to watch the newly formed Sunshine and a few days later, Shaun Magee received a call from Louis Walsh asking him to officially join Chips.

The departure of their bass player just as they started was a blow to the band, but they quickly regrouped and drafted Trevor England to replace Shaun. It was reported in Spotlight's July 11, 1974 issue that Stuart Triall was replacing Shaun on bass, but we don't know if this actually happened. (Trevor would later join Chips, replacing Shaun). At the same time, the magazine reported that the band had asked Irene to join, but she didn't...at least not at that point. Within a year, things changed again for the band when Irene was again invited to join Chips, replacing Nicola Kerr who went on to spend a short time with the New Seekers in the UK. The band hired Rosie Hunter to replace Irene and continued to build a solid following as one of the top pop groups of the late seventies.

More to come.......

Photo Gallery

Click on thumbnails for full images

Sunshine's 1st Photo - 1974 (SM) Sunshine - late 1974 Sunshine - 1979 Rosie & Bryce of Sunshine - 1980 (DD) Sunshine - 1980
Rosie from Sunshine (TP) Sunshine - mid 80's (BK) Sunshine (PH) Sunshine (PH) Sunshine - 1978 (JM)
Sunshine - 1986 (MS) Sunshine (RF) Sunshine (RF) Sunshine (RF) Sunshine (RF)
Years Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Vocals Keyboards
1974 Bryce
Norrie
Stuart
Bingham
Shaun
Magee
Arty
Moorhead
Irene
McIlroy
 
1974 Bryce
Norrie
Stuart
Bingham
Trevor
England
Arty
Moorhead
Irene
McIlroy
 
1975 Bryce
Norrie
Stuart
Bingham
Trevor
England
Arty
Moorhead
Rosie
Hunter
 
1978 Bryce
Norrie
Stuart
Bingham
James
Meredith
Arty
Moorhead
Rosie
Hunter
 
1979 Bryce
Norrie
Stuart
Bingham
Frankie
Cullen
Arty
Moorhead
Rosie
Hunter
 
1983 Bryce
Norrie
Stuart
Bingham
Mickey
Johnston
Peter
Niblock
Andrea
McAnallen?
Bryan
Greenwood
1986 Bryce
Norrie
Stuart
Bingham
Mickey
Johnston
Mark
Sinclair
Carol-Anne
Unknown?
Bryan
Greenwood

Partial Discography

Singles:

Catch A Falling Star
Unknown
Bye Bye Mamma / Try
EMI Records - EMI 2533 - 1976
Dance With Me / Evil Eyes
Hawk Records - HASP.413 - 1977
Too Much In Love - Irish song contest entry
Unknown
Boogie On Up
Unknown - 1979

Audio Clips

Coming Soon

Where Are They Now?  

  Bryce Norrie: Unknown, if you know more, please email us
  Stuart Bingham: Unknown, if you know more, please email us
Shaun Magee: Shaun left the band to join Chips, and played with them until 1978. After leaving Chips, Shaun went on to play with Gibney and Donovan, Sheeba, The Joe Cuddy Band and finally Vienna (with Dee Mahon, formerly Julie of Starband) before emigrating to Canada in 1985. Today, Shaun lives and works in Toronto where he manages a construction company.
Arty Moorhead: Unknown, if you know more, please email us
Irene McElroy: After leaving the band, Irene moved to Scotland where she teamed up with Alex Mathieson and they toured Scotland and the North of England, before moving to Tenirieffe where they stayed for four years. Irene then came home to Ireland and did not sing for a couple of years, until she met Jerry McLarnon and they have played together for five years under the name It Takes Two. She lives in Ballymena, County Antrim with her husband, Derek Archibald and we thank them for the update.
Trevor England: Our thanks to David Martin, who emailed us to say that up until recently, Trevor was teaching in a school in Belfast. We understand that as of March 5, 2008, Trevor is teaching music in SERC College in Bangor, Northern Ireland. Our thanks for the update. If you have more info please email us
  Rosie Hunter: Unknown, if you know more, please email us
  James Meredith: Unknown, if you know more, please email us
  Frankie Cullen: Unknown, if you know more, please email us
  Bryan Greenwood: Unknown, if you know more, please email us
  Mickey Johnston: Unknown, if you know more, please email us
  Peter Niblock: Unknown, if you know more, please email us
  Andrea McAnallen: Unknown, if you know more, please email us
  Mark Sinclair: Unknown, if you know more, please email us

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