THIS Friday night April 13, Bar Habana will be hosting Pat McManus, made famous from his participation in popular 70s band The Mama’s Boys.
The McManus brothers Pat, John and Tommy from Fermanagh, started off their musical career as award winning trad musicians, but were inspired by The Horslips, and in the late 70s they formed The Mama’s Boys, orginially called Pulse.
Although their heroes The Horslips mixed trad with hard rock and the McManus brothers were top trad musicians, Mama’s Boys didn’t really go for the celtic fusion sound, apart from the occasional fiddle solo by Pat. By the 1980s Mama’s Boys had a bootleg circulating and were touring extensively in Ireland, as well as supporting Hawkwind on tour. They recorded and self-financed their first album, entitled ‘Plug It In’ in 1982 and had an Irish hit single with ‘Needle in the Groove’. Their cover of Slade’s ‘Mama Weer All Crazee Now’ was released as a single and reached number 54 in the American charts. The video for the song got a lot of airplay on MTV in America. The brothers enjoyed great success through the 80s and early 90s, but also suffered tradegy as drummer Tommy passed away from lukemia in 1994.
As well as performing in other projects since, Pat McManus now has his own band with Gordon Sheridan on bass and Paul Faloon on drums. Irish rock fans will not want to miss this unique chance to catch Pat in the intimate surrounds of Bar Habana. Check out their Facebook page for more information.