Hothouse Flowers

Genres: Pop / Rock Spoken Word
Tags: irish pop folk 80s celtic rock seen live Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This folk-inspired Irish rock band, who took their name from the title of a Wynton Marsalis album, are based around the nucleus of vocalist and keyboard player Liam O Maonlai (7 November 1964, Dublin, Eire) and guitarist Fiachna O Braonain. The pair played in a punk band called Congress, before performing as the Incomparable Benzini Brothers. The duo busked in their native Dublin, and in 1985 won the Street Entertainers Of The Year Award. Recruiting Peter O’Toole (bass), Leo Barnes (saxophone), Jerry Fehily (drums) and Maria Doyle (b. 1964, Clontarf, Dublin, Eire; vocals), they became the Hothouse Flowers and landed a regular gig at the Magic Carpet Club just outside Dublin. Their notoriety spreading, they were highly praised in Rolling Stone magazine before they had even secured a recording contract. An appearance on RTE’s Saturday night chat programme The Late Show led to the issue of a single on U2’s Mother label. ‘Love Don’t Work That...

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