Something for music-trivia addicts. Here is a list of all the gigs and recording sessions I have ever done. Some long forgotten bands and venues but also well-known names that I have shared a stage or studio with. Just scroll down to get to the various sections.
SECTION 1. 1970 - 1972.
White Myth and Blind Eye
SECTION 2. 1972 - 1973.
Clockwork Orange and Mott The Hoople
SECTION 3. 1984 - 1985.
Dexys Midnight Runners
SECTION 4. 1986 - present day
Paul Brady Band, Linda McCartney and various sessions
Detailed extracts from my 1985 diary - mostly about Dexys Midnight Runners

SECTION 1. White Myth and Blind Eye





Bill Greenhalgh (Vocals), Mick Bolton (Farfisa Organ) Phil Turner (Bass), Unknown guitarist and drummer


October 1969
Performance after a Harvest Festival in a church hall, Wigan
Wedding reception, Liverpool





Bill Greenhalgh (Vocals), Steve Farthing (Guitar), Mick Bolton (Keyboards), Phil Turner (Bass), Arthur Brightcliff (Drums until 17th October 1970) Lou Rosenthal (Drums until August 1971), Andy Crookston (Drums from August 1971)

February 1970

Audition for L.E. Agency
Goose Green Labour Club, Wigan (duo with Bill Greenhalgh)
Warrington R.U. Club
St Anthony's Youth Club, Preston

March 1970
Catholic Club, Irlam
St Gregory's Youth Club, Preston
Bell Hall Youth Club, Warrington
Harrow Inn, Culcheth
Golborne British Legion
Railway Hotel, Bolton

April 1970
Wigan Athletic Social Club x 2
St Joseph's Club, St Helens
YMCA, St Annes-on-Sea
Wigan Rugby League Social Club
Harrow Inn, Culcheth x 2
North Ashton Village Club
Edge Hill Training College, Ormskirk. With Goliath
Cadishead Labour Club

May 1970
Swan and Railway, Wigan x 3
Warrington R.U. Club
Wigan Athletic Social Club
Wigan Rugby League Social Club
St Joseph's Youth Club, Leigh
Manchester College of Art and Design
St Joseph's R.C. Club, St Helen's
Harrow Inn, Culcheth
Salter Inn, Weaverham

June 1970
Burtonwood Catholic Club
Lido, Prestatyn
Wigan Athletic Social Club
Edge Hill Training College, Ormskirk
Market Hall, Barrow-in-Furness
St Paul's Hall, Skelmersdale. With Money
Widnes R.U. Club
Boathouse Inn, Runcorn
Wigan Rugby League Social Club
Skelmersdale Labour Club. With Barney Rubble's Booze Band
Grand Hotel, Manchester. With Blind Eye

July 1970
Wigan Rugby League Social Club x 5
St Joseph's R.C. Club, St Helen's
Rugby Club, Tyldesley
Cadishead Labour Club
Aughton, Ormskirk
Penthouse, Sheffield

August 1970

South Sporting Club, Manchester
T&T Vickers Club, Newton-le-Willows
Lion Hotel, Warrington
Irlam Catholic Club
Barbarella, Eccles
Wigan Rugby League Social Club x 3
September 1970
Market Hall, Barrow-in-Furness

October 1970
Leigh Casino
Wigan Rugby League Social Club
Cherry Bent Youth Club, Atherton
Bowaters Club, Ellesmere Port
Edge Hill College, Ormskirk
Lyric Disco, Upholland
Owleywood Social Club, Winsford
The Barracks, Widnes
Ashton-under-Lyme College. With Look Twice
Warrington R.U. Club

November 1970
Geraldo's Club, St Helens
Cromwell School Youth Club, Salford
C.F. Mott College, Prescot
Swinley Labour Club. With Blind Eye
(19th Attended demo of Marshall equipment at Belle Vue, Manchester given by Deep Purple. Played organ with them for two songs)
Youth Club, Crosley
Osborne Dance Hall, Manchester
Padgate Training College. With Colonel Bagshots Bucket Band

December 1970
Rugby Club, Lymm
Cricket Club, Newton-le-Willows
Manchester College of Art and Design. With Atomic Rooster, Terry Reid, Kevin Ayers, Clouds, Timothy, Greasy Bear
Victoria Hotel, Newton-le-Willows
Geraldo's Club, St Helens x 2
Catholic Club, Irlam
Leigh Grammar School
Shrewsbury R.U.F.C
Co-op Hall, Warrington
Students Union, Swinley Labour Club, Wigan
Wigan R.U.F.C.
St Margaret-Mary's Youth Club, New Moston
Explosion Club, Manchester
St Helens Technical College. With Emperor Rosko, Crazy Mabel


January 1971
George and Dragon, Tyldesley
Manor Hey Hotel, Urmston
Tomorrow, Wallasey
Atomic Energy Club, Capenhurst
Tracys Club, Liverpool
Builders Exchange, Huddersfield

February 1971
Miners Club, Burnley
Padgate College. With Answers
From now till end of March - John Gaskell replaced me on keyboards due to illness.
Mather College, Manchester
Bolton Technical College. With Gravy Train
Reece's Club, Liverpool
Youth Club, Chadderton
Manchester University. With Humble Pie, Pentangle, Curved Air, Roger Spear, Duster Bennett, Bridget St John, Dando Shaft, Dr Strangely Strange

March 1971
Stockport Technical College. With Free
Wigton Market Hall
High Duty Alloys Club, Distington, Workington
Coach House, Heads Nook, Carlisle

April 1971
St Helens Technical College. With Queen
Hall Green Technical College. With The Dog That Bit People
Prescot Youth Club
St James Youth Club, Orrell, Wigan
Rivington Barn. With Dave Berry, Phoenix City Smash
St Martin's College, Lancaster
O'Connors Tavern, Liverpool

May 1971
Mr Smith's, Winsford
Wigan Technical College
The Kiosk, Castleford
Summerfield College, Kidderminster
St James Youth Club, Orrell, Wigan
Gaulsley Hall, Bentley, Crewe

June 1971
Tomorrow, Wallasey
The Oaks, Chorlton
Civic Hall, Lowton

July 1971
Crewe College of Education. With Chicken Shack
Irlam Catholic Club
Pig Market, Culcheth

August 1971
Leigh Casino
Moss Lane R.U. Club (6 August, 13 August) Jammed with Blind Eye
Glazebrook Club, Culcheth

September 1971
Connaught Hotel, Wolverhampton
Ardwick Green Barracks
R.U. Club, St Helens
Bamboo, Stockport
P & V Club, Wallasey
The Cavern, Liverpool. With Hackensack
Accrington Stanley Social Club

October 1971
Started rehearsing with Blind Eye and told White Myth I would be leaving.
Public Hall, Barrow in Furness, With Judas
De La Salle College, Middleton. With Wild Wally
Village Hall, Ditherington, Shrewsbury
R.U. Club, Shrewsbury

November 1971
Widnes R.U. Club

December 1971
Blind Eye - Folk Arts Group, Wigan
Blind Eye and White Myth - Liverpool University. With Redbone
White Myth - Victoria Park, Wilmslow
White Myth - St Martins College, Lancaster
White Myth - Woolston School, Warrington
Blind Eye - Lakeland Lounge, Accrington
Blind Eye - Builders Exchange, Huddersfield
White Myth - Castlefield Cricket Club, Runcorn
White Myth - Castlefield Cricket Club, Runcorn


Jack Bond (Vocals), Brian Roberts (Guitar), Mick Bolton (Keyboards), Steve Wallace (Bass), Vince Neill (Drums), Andy Crookston (Drums until 27 February 1972)

January 1972
'Pig Market', Harrow Inn, Culcheth
Folk Arts Group, Newtown Working Mens Club. With Caravan
Squires Gate Hotel, Lytham St Annes

February 1972
Mardi Gras, Liverpool
Redcar Jazz Club. With Stud
Parr Hall, Warrington. With Slade
Bamboo Club, Stockport

April 1972
'Pig Market', Conservative Club, Leigh
Lakeland Lounge, Accrington
Cricket Club, Newton-le-Willows
23rd June: BLIND EYE split up
SECTION 2. Clockwork Orange and Mott The Hoople


12th July: Moved to London
26th July: Joined CLOCKWORK ORANGE:
Steve Donovan (Guitar, Vocals), Mick Bolton (Keyboards, Vocals), Eddie Lindsay (Bass), Eddie McNeill (Drums). John Butler (Vocals) rehearsed until September but left before our first gig:
October, November, December 1972
The Pheasantry, Chelsea x 7
Café des Artists, Fulham x 5
Redcliffe, Fulham x 2
Bumpers, Coventry Street
Edelweiss, Soho
La Poubelle, Soho x 8
Whisky a Gogo, Soho
Convent School, Chelmsford
CLOCKWORK ORANGE split in December 1972


Ian Hunter (Vocals, guitar), Mick Ralphs (Guitar), Overend Watts (Bass), Buffin (Drums), Morgan Fisher (Piano), Mick Bolton (Hammond organ, keyboard)

July 1973
27. Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois + Joe Walsh's Barnstorm, REO Speedwagon
28. Tiger Stadium, Massilon, Ohio + Dr Hook, New York Dolls
29. Ford Auditorium, Detroit, Michigan + Peter Frampton's Camel

August 1973
01. Civic Centre, Virginia Beach, Virginia + Sons Of Thunder
03. Felt Forum, Madison Square Garden, New York City + N Y Dolls
04. Orpheum Theatre, Boston, Mass. + The Pointer Sisters
07. Alpine Arena, Pittsburgh, PA + NY Dolls, Blue Oyster Cult
08. Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA + Flash, Blue Oyster Cult
10. Portland, Maine
11. Palace Theatre. Providence, Rhode Island
12. Sunshine Inn, Asbury Park, New Jersey
14. Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
17. Ellis Auditorium, Memphis, Tennessee + Jo Jo Gunne
18. Festival at Fayetteville, North Carolina + Santana. Equipment delayed so we didn't play
19. J.F. Kennedy Center, Washington, DC + Iggy Pop
22. Live ABC TV show, New York City + Uriah Heep, Sha Na Na, The Persuasions
Mick Ralphs (guitar) left and was replaced by Ariel Bender (Luther Grosvenor).
28-30 Rehearsals at Netherwood Road, Shepherds Bush, London

September 1973
03-06 Rehearsals at Manticore, Fulham, London.
07. Married Carol Gowrie at Kensington Register Office.
09. Flew to Los Angeles
11. Rehearsal at Aquarius. Midnight Special TV Show + NY Dolls, War
12. Rehearsal at Aquarius
13. Don Kirschner TV Show + Black Oak Arkansas, Earth Wind and Fire
14. Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona + Joe Walsh
22. Paramount Theatre, Portland, Oregon + Joe Walsh, Stories
23. Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington + Cheyenne
28. Winterland, San Francisco, California + Joe Walsh
29. Winterland, San Francisco, California + Joe Walsh

October 1973
04. Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia + NY Dolls, Aerosmith
05. Auditorium, West Palm Beach, Florida + NY Dolls, Aerosmith
06. Coliseum, Jacksonville, Florida + Nazareth, ZZ Top
10. Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio + Aerosmith
11. Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, Illinois + NY Dolls, Aerosmith
12. Masonic Temple, Detroit, Michigan
13. John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio
14. Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada
16. Auditorium Theatre, Rochester NY + NY Dolls
17. Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo NY + NY Dolls
18. Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, PA + Spirit
19. Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio + Aerosmith
20. Schubert Theatre, Philadelphia, PA + Aerosmith (2 shows)
21. Seton Hall College, East Orange, New Jersey
24. Palace Theatre, Providence, Rhode Island
26. Radio City Music Hall, New York City
27. Orpheum Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts
28. West Hartford, Connecticut
29. Columbia Music Hall, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
30. Indianapolis, Indiana + Babe Ruth, Blue

November 1973
02. Cowtown Ballroom, Kansas City, Missouri
03. American Theater, St Louis, Missouri
04. Returned to London
UK Tour supported by Queen
12. Town Hall, Leeds
13. St Georges Hall, Blackburn
14. Top Of The Pops, BBC Studios, Shepherds Bush, London
15. Music Hall, Worcester
16. University, Lancaster
17. Stadium, Liverpool
18. Victoria Hall, Hanley
19. Town Hall, Wolverhampton
20. New Theatre, Oxford
21. Guild Hall, Preston
22. City Hall, Newcastle
23. Apollo Theatre, Glasgow
25. Caley Cinema, Edinburgh
26. Opera House, Manchester
27. Town Hall, Birmingham
28. Town Hall, Swansea
29. Colston Hall, Bristol
30. Winter Gardens, Bournemouth
December 1973
01. Kursall Ballroom, Southend
02. Queens Hall, Chatham
14. Odeon, Hammersmith, London (two shows)
SECTION 3. Dexys Midnight Runners



DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS: (Recording of Don't Stand Me Down album)
Kevin Rowland (Vocals, Guitar), Billy Adams (Guitar, vocals), Helen O'Hara (Violin), Nick Gatfield (Saxophone), Jim Patterson (Trombone), Mick Bolton (Piano), Bob Noble (Hammond Organ), Trevor Burton (Bass), Woody Woodmansey (Drums)


June, July, August
Rehearsals at Easihire Studios, Islington
Recording at ….Studios, Kensington
Songs recorded:
Kevin Rowland’s Thirteenth Time
The Occasional Flicker
One Of Those Things
Knowledge Of Beauty
This Is What She's Like
Listen To This
The Waltz
The Way You Look Tonight


Kevin Rowland (Vocals, Guitar), Billy Adams (Guitar, vocals), Helen O'Hara (Violin), Vincent Crane (Piano), Mick Bolton (Hammond Organ, Keyboard), Jerod Minnies (Guitar), Fayaz Virji (Trombone), Pol Coussee (Saxophone), Penn Pennington (Pedal Steel Guitar, Mandolin), Jerry Preston (Bass), Duane Cleveland (Drums), Tim Dancy (Drums) from 14th October

August 1985

Rehearsals in London
16. Tyne Tees Studios, Newcastle. 'The Tube' TV Show cancelled due to technicians strike.

September 1985
Rehearsals in London
05. Recording track for 'Wogan' TV show - Listen To This
09-12. Wembley Film Studios - filming videos of This Is What She's Like, My National Pride, Listen To This
13. 'Wogan' TV show, Shepherds Bush. Guests included Kenneth Williams.

October 1985
05. Recording at Maison Rouge, Fulham.
Tracks: Marguerita Time, Kathleen Mavourneen
08. TV Show 'The Tube', Tyne Tees Studios, Newcastle
14-15. Rehearsals at Elstree Studios
17-20. Rehearsals at Queen Mary College, Mile End Rd, London
22. Maison De La Culture, Rennes, France
23. Le Paris, Nantes, France
25. Eldorado, Paris, France
26. Eldorado, Paris, France
27. Eldorado, Paris, France

November 1985
01. The Playhouse, Edinburgh
02. City Hall, Newcastle
03. Apollo, Manchester
04. Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
07. Gaumont, Southampton
08. Brighton Centre
09. Colston Hall, Bristol
11. Dominion Theatre, London
12. Dominion Theatre, London - recorded for Capitol Radio
13. Dominion Theatre, London

December 1985
09, 10, 11, 17. Making demo of proposed new version of This is What She's Like with Kevin Rowland, Billy Adams, Helen O'Hara and Vincent Crane.


January 1986
04. Recording with Kevin Rowland, Billy Adams, Helen O'Hara and Vincent Crane.

February 1986
Playing solo at Lord Clyde pub, Leyton, East London. Paul Brady came to see me play and invited me to join his band.

March 1986
19, 20. Maison Rouge Studio, Fulham. Recording with Dexys Midnight Runners: Because Of You single and shorter versions for theme of 'Brush Strokes' TV show.
27. Live session for Gary Crowley Show on Capitol Radio with Vic Godard (ex-Subway Sect). Other musicians included Paul Cook (drums, ex-Sex Pistols) and Pol Coussee (sax, ex-Dexys)
SECTION 4. Paul Brady Band, Balloon, John Helmer Band, sessions


April 1986
Paul Brady Band:
Paul Brady (Vocals, guitar), Geoff Richardson (Viola, guitar, Saxophone), Steve Fletcher (Piano, keyboards), Mick Bolton (Hammond Organ, keyboards), Jennifer Maidman (Bass), Tim Goldsmith (Drums).
01. Rehearsals begin at Nomis, London
15. Ronnie Scott's Club, London. Launch of Back To The Centre album and performance by band
17. Connally Hall, Cork
18. The Savoy, Limerick
19. Seapoint, Galway
21. The Stadium, Dublin + John Hiatt
22. Queens University, Belfast
23. The Venue, Derry
24. University, Coleraine
26. Queens Hall, Edinburgh
28. Arts Centre, Southport
29. Riverside, Newcastle
30. Irish Centre, Leeds

May 1986
01. Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
02. The International, Manchester
06. Spring Street Theatre, Hull
07. Shaw Theatre, London
08. Shaw Theatre, London
09. Shaw Theatre, London (recorded for BBC Radio In Concert)
10. Shaw Theatre, London
17. Royal Dublin Showground, Dublin. 'Self-Aid' Concert with: Thin Lizzy, U2, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Bob Geldof, Rory Gallagher, Christy Moore, Chris de Burgh, Chris Rea, The Pogues, In Tua Nua, Cactus World News
31. Festival in Giessen, Germany

June 1986
01. Festival in Hanover
02. Fabrik Club, Hamburg
05. Melkveg, Amsterdam
07. Bodensee Stadium, Konstanz (live on German radio) + Katrina and The Waves, Lloyd Cole, Robert Cray Band
08. Fortuna Stadion, Dusseldorf + Screaming Blue Messiahs
11. Town and Country Club, London (recorded for Capital Radio)
17. BBC TV Centre, Shepherds Bush, London. Recording for 'The Old Grey Whistle Test' TV Show

July 1986
17. Recording at Elephant Studios, Wapping, London with Loudon Wainwright III. Band: Loudon Wainwright (Vocals, guitar), Richard Thompson (Guitar, producer), Mick Bolton (Hammond organ), Nick Lowe (Bass), Terry Williams (Drums). Mark Knopfler (Guitar) to do overdubs.
Paul Brady Band:
30. Abbey Hotel, Donegal
31. Traveller's Friend, Castlebar

August 1986
01. Bridge Hotel, Waterford
02. 'Carling Rocks Cork' Festival, Lee Fields, Cork + Chris De Burgh
04. Gleneagles Hotel, Killarney
05. Casey's Cedar Hotel, Rosslare
September 1986
29. Paradiso, Amsterdam
30. Waartesaal, Cologne

October 1986
01. Capitol, Hannover. TV Show with Killing Joke
02. Stadthalle, Heidelberg
03. Theatrehaus, Stuttgart
04. Alabamahalle, Munich
06. Batschkapp, Frankfurt
07. Zeche, Bochum
08. Metropole, Aachen
10. Knopf Music Hall, Hamburg
11. Quartier Latin, Berlin
13. Montmartre, Copenhagen
15. Sardines, Oslo
17. Old University, Stockholm
21. Whitla Hall, Belfast. Recorded by BBC TV
22. Royal Dublin Showground

November 1986
26 - 3 Dec. Recording with Paul Brady at Jam Studios, Tollington Park, London. Album 'Primitive Dance'. Tracks Paradise Is Here; The Awakening; It's Gonna Work Out Fine; Soul Commotion
December 1986
11. Mean Fiddler, London
12. Mean Fiddler, London
13. Mean Fiddler, London
14. Mean Fiddler, London


April 1987

John Helmer Band
24. Zeetas, Putney
30. Assembly Halls, Fleet + Jim Jiminee, Second Balcony Jump
May 1987
05. Pied Bull, Islington, London

Paul Brady Band:
as before with Mick Dyche (Guitar) replacing Geoff Richardson
08. Queens Hall, Edinburgh
09. The Limit, Sheffield
11. Arts Centre, Southport
13. Irish Centre, Leeds
14. Riverside, Newcastle
16. International, Manchester
17. Hippodrome, Bristol
18. Barnfield Theatre, Exeter
20. Odeon, Hammersmith
23. Odeon, Birmingham
28. Nijmegen Festival, Holland + Tina Turner, UB40, Cameo

June 1987
10. Phone call from John Dummer. Linda McCartney looking for keyboard tutor. Arranged to visit her.
17. Working with Linda McCartney at the McCartneys' farm in Peasmarsh, East Sussex. (3 or 4 times per month for several years)

Paul Brady Band:
20. Glastonbury Festival main stage
21. L'Europe en Musique Festival for RTL TV, Luxembourg
27. Galopprennbahn (racetrack) Festival, Munich

July 1987
04. Roskilde Festival, Denmark

August 1987
01. Cambridge Folk Festival
02. Cambridge Folk Festival
09. Seepark Festival, Arbon, Switzerland + Rory Gallagher

September 1987
05. Musik Ohne Grensen Festival, Bern, Switzerland
09. Attended 'Buddy Holly Song Contest' awards with Paul McCartney and Linda
30. City Hall, Cork

October 1987
01. Leisureland, Galway
02. Savoy Theatre, Limerick
03. The Stadium, Dublin
04. Ulster Hall, Belfast

21. Recording with Linda McCartney at Jennifer Maidman's studio in London. with Ian Maidman, Geoff Richardson, Steve Fletcher. Tracks: Endless Days (co-written by Linda and me) and Poison Ivy (both later included on Linda's album Wide Prairie

December 1987
16. Mean Fiddler, London
17. Mean Fiddler, London
18. Mean Fiddler, London


July 15. Live appearance with Kevin Rowland on Jonathan Ross's TV show 'The Last Resort'. Band: Jim Patterson (Trombone), Mick Bolton (Piano) plus the show's house band which included members of Elvis Costello's band Steve Nieve (Keyboards) and Pete Thomas (Drums).


(date unknown) recording session in London with Terence Trent D'Arby


(date unknown) Dublin Castle, London with Balloon
(date unknown) 2 day recording session in London with Latoya Jackson
(date unknown) spent a day playing with Paul McCartney and his band at his studio in East Sussex

June 1990
Balloon: Ian Bickerton (Vocal, guitar), Dave Sheppard (Guitar, vocal), Mick Bolton (Keyboards) + Bass, Drums unknown
28. Mean Fiddler, London

December 1990
Paul Brady Band:
Paul Brady (Vocals, guitar), Anto Drennan (Guitar), Trevor Knight (Keyboards), Mick Bolton (Hammond organ, keyboards), Tony Molloy (Bass), Robbie Brennan (Drums)
09. Purdy Loft, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland (warm-up for London gigs)
11. Mean Fiddler, London
12. Mean Fiddler, London
13. Mean Fiddler, London
14. Mean Fiddler, London
15. Mean Fiddler, London
16. Mean Fiddler, London
17. Mean Fiddler, London
18. Mean Fiddler, London


February 1991
21. BBC Pebble Mill TV Studios, Birmingham. 'Scene Today'
22. RTE Studios, Dublin. 'Late, Late Show'

March 1991
19, 21, 31 Recording with Balloon
Paul Brady Band:
20. BBC Maida Vale Studios. Recording session for 'Nicky Campbell Show' Radio 1

April: 1991
04. Warehouse, Leeds
05. Queens Hall, Edinburgh
06. Guild Hall, Newcastle
07. Apollo, Manchester
09. The Studio, Bristol
10. Hexagon, Reading
12. Corn Exchange, Cambridge
13. Town Hall, Birmingham
14. Dominion, London. Recorded for BBC Radio 1
19. Hi-Land, Newmarket, Ireland
20. Leisureland, Galway
21. Park Hotel, Sligo
23. City Hall, Cork - filmed for Channel 4 Documentary
24. Mount Brandon, Tralee
26. Harriers, Tullamore
27. Forum, Waterford
29. Ulster Hall, Belfast
30. Mount Errigal, Letterkenny

May 1991
01. Mellmount Centre, Strabane
03. National Stadium, Dublin
04. Theatre Royal, Limerick
05. East Avenue, Killarney

June 1991
02. The Fleadh (festival), Finsbury Park, London + Van Morrison, The Pogues, Christy Moore, The Saw Doctors, Mary Black, Mary Coughlan, Davy Spillane
08. Nibe Festival, Nibe, Denmark + Albert Lee Band
11. RTE Studios, Dublin, Ireland - 'An Eye To The Music'
22. Town and Country Club, London
20, 23 (and 06 July). Recording with Balloon in London.
Balloon album 'Gravity' released in 1991 on Dedicated record label

July 1991
Paul Brady Band:
15. Bamboo, Toronto, Canada
16. Nightstage, Boston
17. Bottom Line, New York City (2 performances)
19. Park West, Chicago
20. Fine Line, Minneapolis
23. Sparky's, Calgary, Canada
24. Town Pump, Vancouver, Canada
25. Backstage, Seattle, Washington
27. Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California
29. Roxy, Los Angeles, California

August 1991
03. Feile Festival, Thurles, Ireland + Elvis Costello, Transvision Vamp, The Saw Doctors, De La Soul, Billy Bragg
05 - 31. Solo residency at Broder Tuck, Hotel Klubben, Tonsberg, Norway

Solo residencies at:
Gammelbrygga, Harstad, Norway
Eiger Sentrum Hotel, Egersund, Norway
Eydes Kaelder, Horsens, Denmark
The Clock, Gjovik, Norway
Fingers, Edinburgh
Piano Bar, Holmestrand, Norway
Grand Hotel Bellevue, Andalsnes, Norway
Kempinski Hotel, Taschenberg Palais, Dresden, Germany
Hotel, Oster Hurup, Denmark
Butlins Grand Hotel, Bayswater, London
Elephant Royale Restaurants in Ilford and Docklands, London

SECTION 5 - 1985 diary extracts - leading to Dexys tour
(Comments that I have added more recently are in italics)


Jan 17 - visited Ferroway Records, London to play a demo tape of one of my songs. The A&R man who listened to the tape was Simon Cowell - I obviously didn't have the X-factor.
Jan 30 - went with Carol (my wife) to visit Woody Woodmansey at his home in East Grinstead
Feb 4 - Verden Allen (ex Mott The Hoople organist) phoned for a chat
Apr 24 - Paul Burton (Dexys manager) phoned and said I was in line to play piano with them on tour. They are mixing the album and the release date is set for June 21.
June 18 - phoned Paul Burton - still mixing the album - release date put back to Aug 9.
Two adverts appeared in Melody Maker. One for a 'Powerful Saxophone Player' and one for a 'Powerful Trombone Player' The ads continued…
'….wanted for big group. Must be a very hard player. Must also be very musical and possess excellent tuning. No multi-instrumentalists, druggies or drinkers need apply. Dedicated musicians only'
I love the way that multi-instrumentalists are equated with druggies and drinkers.
July 24 - Helen O'Hara phoned to tell me we would be playing on The Tube on August 16
July 25 - My wife Carol wrote in the diary…'Michael phoned Helen and asked her to get Kevin to give him a definite yes or no about playing with them. She called back and said Vince was playing piano!!! Kevin offered Michael the job of playing Hammond but only as far as their appearance on the Tube. Then…?'
July 29 - I auditioned with the band Imagination. Helen phoned to ask me to go to Paul Burton to collect a tape of a test pressing of the album
Aug 1 - Dexys hired a Hammond Organ for me to practice on at Allan Gordon Studios, Leyton, East London
Aug 7 - audition with Everything But The Girl.
Aug 8 - Dexys rehearsal at The Ritz, 110 Disraeli St, London SW15. Release date for album put back to Sep 9.
Aug 9 - 12 Rehearsals at Nomis, Olympia, London
Aug 14 - Stage rehearsal at The Wimbledon Theatre. Full page ads of Kevin in MM, NME.
Aug 15 - the band travel by coach to Newcastle. Sound check at 2pm.
Aug 16 - The Big Tube (summer special edition of The Tube) cancelled due to technicians strike. Very disappointing - had good sound check - everything going great - then we heard it was all off.
Aug 19 - Paul Burton no longer managing Dexys. Replaced by Paul Charles of Asgard.
Aug 20 - Phone call from Pol Coussee - said they were going to Newcastle again next Monday (didn't happen). Helen called to say arrive at 11am at Eezihire, Islington for rehearsals. The brass are to arrive at 3pm.
Aug 21 - Rehearsals for video etc begin
Aug 23 - Rehearsals going really well. Kevin and Helen seem really happy. I'm getting used to the sounds on the Hammond. So far we have rehearsed Occasional Flicker, The Waltz, What's She Like, Knowledge of Beauty, One of Those Things, Listen To This.
Aug 25 - Helen phoned - said we would be doing Let's Get This Straight From The Start, 13th Crime (later known as Kevin Rowlands 13th Time), All In All, Until I Believe In My Soul, Come On Eileen.
Aug 26 - Phone Helen to ask if I could borrow the DX7. Went to Eezihire to take in tapes I had copied and collect tape of 13th Crime and Let's Get This Straight. Jerry and Duane were working with the metronome. Took Richard (my son - then 12) to studio with me. Vince came in also to collect a tape.
Sep 2 - Rehearsals at Gaslight cancelled. Kevin in States.
Sep 4 - Rehearsal at Gaslight. Carol wrote…'Michael acting like a hyperactive child and won't sleep.
Sep 5 - Photo session at 112 Tabernacle St, London EC2
- Recording Listen To This for Wogan show at Lansdowne Rd, Holland Park, London
Sep 7 - Kevin and Billy interviewed on Saturday Live on BBC Radio 1
Sep 9 - 12 Wembley Film Studios recording videos. Asgard no longer managing Dexys
Sep 13 - Wogan show (performance of Listen To This)
Sep 16 onwards - rehearsals at Gaslight, Brixton
Sep 17 - Penn Pennington came for dinner. Photos of band in all music papers
Sep 18 - Duane, Jerry, Jerod and Penn having visa problems. They have to go to France and come back as tourists. See photos on Facebook page of Duane and Penn in Calais
Sep 19 - Penn called at 10.30pm to say he had got back into England. Duane was held back for ages.
Sep 21 - Rehearsed Come On Eileen, Lets Get This Straight…, Until I Believe…All sounding really good.
Sep 25 onwards - Rehearsals at John Henrys, 16 Brewery Rd, London N7.
Dexys now managed by Independent International
Sep 26 - Kevin, Helen and Billy in Carlisle for recording of Bliss TV show. Duane leaving for Dublin. Rehearsals starting on Monday 30. Went to John Henrys - had lunch in café there with Vince and Penn. Went on long walk with them to Kings Cross then to St Barholomews Church stopping at pub on the way to escape the heat. Took a tape to Pol. He had heard that rehearsals on Monday were cancelled.
Sep 30 - Duane still in Ireland
Oct 1 - visited Penn at his flat in Hampstead
Oct 2 - the Americans are in Dublin today
Oct 3 - Duane had to go back out of the country again but the others are back. Vince told us about the terrible time Duane had.
Oct 5 - recording at Maison Rouge, 2 Wansdown Place, London SW6 - Marguerita Time, Kathleen Mavourneen
Oct 8 - Tyne Tees TV, Newcastle - recording The Tube. Stayed at Gosforth Park Hotel
Oct 9 - rehearsed Tell Me When My Light Turns Green
Oct 10 - problems over where to hold production rehearsals - only place available seems to be in Cornwall
Oct 13 - Duane sacked
Oct 14 - Production rehearsals at Elstree Studios. New drummer, Tim Dancy, too tired to rehearse after flight
Oct 15 - Great rehearsal with Tim but feel sorry for Duane - hope he does well
Oct 17 - 20 Production rehearsals at Queen Mary College, Mile End Rd, London E3
Oct 21 - Kings Cross 7am - coach to Dover and ferry to Calais - then coach to Rennes for start of tour.