The Israelites (Loughrea)

Related: Skab Law

The first getting together of these guys from Loughrea, I reckon was in 1971. Called The Israelites, from left Padraig O'Loughlin on lead, Gordon Crowe on rhythm, Pat Lawless on bass, Willie Shaw on guitar and keyboard and Joe O'Loughlin on drums. Out front is lead singer Joe Finnerty. Playing stuff like Creedence, T Rex, Rory Gallagher, The Stones etc. Played nearly every saturday night in Nenagh Tennis Club for a year or so and around County Galway and Mayo - Willie Shaw

I found this copy of an acknowledgment letter from the Biafra Famine appeal. Dated 1969 it was in the Temperance Hall Loughrea, some interesting names on the Sponsors of the appeal - Garret Fitzgerald, Cearbhal O' Dalaigh. 9 quid seems very little but it was probably the admission money from about 100 kids - Willie Shaw

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