Emanating from Limerick City, Eire, the Cranberries enjoyed major US success during the mid-90s. Their sound was distinguished by the honeyed voice of frontperson Dolores ORiordan (Dolores Mary Eileen ORiordan, 6 September 1971, Ballybricken, Limerick, Eire). From a conservative, rural Catholic background, she had sung since the age of four in schools and churches. The band was originally launched by guitarist and co-songwriter Noel Hogan (b. 25 December 1971, Eire), his brother Mike Hogan (b. 29 April 1973, Eire; bass), and Feargal Lawler (b. 4 March 1971, Parteen, Eire; drums). The trio had been involved as a band for some time but it had never amounted to much until they joined forces with ORiordan in 1991. The bands original vocalist had given them their previous name - The Cranberry Saw Us. Their debut EP Uncertain was released in late 1991 on the Xeric label, whose owner, Pearse Gilmore, became their manager. With its circulation the...
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