Mushroom / Eddie Gale

Decades: 1970s 2000s


Formed in Dublin, Eire in 1972, this prog folk group was an early, if somewhat Horslips -like attempt to marry drug-laced hippie lyrics with Irish traditional dance tunes. Mushroom comprised Aonghus McAnally (20 June 1955, Eire; guitar, recorder, whistle, vocals), Cam Lynch (percussion, chimes, vocals), Alan Brown (bass, guitar, vocals), Michael Power (organ, harpsichord, Moog, vocals), Pat Collins (violin, mandolin, vocals), Joe O’Donnell (multi-instruments). The single, ‘Devil Among The Tailors’ reached number 2 in the Irish charts in 1973 and ‘Kings And Queens’ number 13 the following year. Their album was reissued on Little Wing in 1992 and on radioactive in 2004.

McAnally, whose father was the actor Ray McAnally, went on to become a televsion presenter and producer.

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