Formed in Dublin, Eire, in 1969, this fondly remembered hard-rocking outfit originally comprised Phil Lynott (Philip Parris Lynott, 20 August 1949, West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England, d. 4 January 1986, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England; vocals/bass), Eric Bell (b. 3 September 1947, Belfast, Northern Ireland; guitar), Brian Downey (b. 27 January 1951, Dublin, Eire; drums), and Eric Wrixon (b. 1947, Belfast, Northern Ireland; keyboards, ex-Them), although the latter was swiftly discarded. The remaining trio made their recorded debut on Parlophone Records in July 1970 with the ultra rare single The Farmer. After signing to Deram Records, they issued three eclectic but promising albums, none of which charted. A change of fortune occurred after the trio recorded a novelty rock version of the traditional Whiskey In The Jar. The single reached the UK Top 10 in 1973 and popularized the bands blend of Irish folk and strident rock guitar, which...
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