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"Stagalee" initially kicked off in Tralee, Co. Kerry as Portstewart singer/guitarist Victor McCullough's band. Victor left to do other things and the remainder of the band went through numerous personnel changes over the years after the band moved to Dublin.
I became the singer/songwriter for Stagalee after Victor's departure and was privileged to have enjoyed the company of some of the country's finest musicians as the music went through those myriad changes.
Opening for Thin Lizzy at Dalymount Park
Johnny Gilmour (percussion); Errol Walsh (gtr/vocals);
Paul Hanrahan (sax & flute); Eoghan O'Neill (bass);
Donie Moore (drums);
There were so many changes of personnel that it was hard to keep track and photos were usually taken for a specific purpose like publicity shots, which were time limited and often discarded once redundant...so many memories were lost.. We were having too much fun!!
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STAGALEE (early Dublin days)
Dave McHale RIP (sax/keyboards); Errol Walsh (gtr/vocals); John Farrell (drums); Eoghan O'Neill (bass)
Greg Boland (guitar)
Other Honourable Members and Musical Guests:
(With sincere apologies to anyone I've missed out or forgotten!)
Carl Geraghty (tenor & baritone saxes); Paul Duffy (tenor sax); Fran Breen (drums); Robbie Brennan (drums); Paul McAteer (drums); Matt Kelleghan (Drums); Brian Calnan (Drums); Gavin Hodgson (bass); Tony Davis & Jimmy McCarthy (harmony vocals); Billy McGrath (manager)
In the latter days the band was joined by Maggie Riley on vocals. Like Colin Tully and Gavin Hodgson, Maggie joined us from Scottish band "Cado Belle". Maggie later went on to have a hit single with Mike Oldfield (Moonlight Shadow).... she also insisted on changing the band's name to "The Pumphouse Gang" (I can't recall why) but it was essentially Stagalee with the wonderful Maggie out front.
STAGALEE (MARK 3 or 4 )
Colin Tully (sax/keyboards); John Forbes (drums/vocals); Honor Heffernan (vocals);
Errol Walsh (Gtr/vocals); James Delaney (keyboards); Tommy Moore (bass/vocals)
STAGALEE.... Get on the Bus!!!! (1978)
Errol Walsh (vocals/gtr) ; Greg Boland (guitar) ;
Dave McHale RIP (keyboards & sax) ;
Gavin Hodgson (bass) ; Fran Breen (Drums)