Eire Apparent

Eire ApparentFrom: Belfast, Northern Ireland

This group first began life when in 1967 Henry McCullough (guitar) moved from the outskirts of Northern Ireland to Belfast and joined up with Chris Stewart (bass), Ernie Graham (vocals) and Dave Lutton (drums) to form a psychedelic outfit they first called the People. Later that same year, the foursome moved to London and quickly got themselves signed to Track Records by ex-Animal turned manager/producer Chas Chandler, who changed the band’s name to Eire Apparent.

Towards the end of 1967, they released a debut single (‘Follow Me’ b/w ‘Here I Go Again’), which made little impact, but Chandler still decided to baptize them by fire, sending them on a major world tour, opening for the Jimi Hendrix Experience. While on the tour in Canada, the band ran into a slight glitch when McCullough was sent back to Britain due to visa problems, but he was promptly replaced by Michael Cox (guitar, flute) who filled right in beautifully. As a side note, McCullough later went on to become a member of Spooky Tooth.

In 1969, the group issued a sole LP titled ‘Sun Rise’, which was produced by Jimi Hendrix and also featured him playing lead guitar on some of the tracks (‘Yes, I Need Someone’ and ‘The Clown’ to name a few). Unfortunately, the LP never caught on and the band soon broke up in 1970.

Artist Info: Technicolor Web Of Sound, The book, ‘Tapestry of Delights Revisited’ by Vernon Joynson.

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1969 album Sun Rise
Sunrise

  • The Clown
  • Yes I Need Someone