This fine band from Edenderry, County Offaly
released a series of excellent, original singles including
'Invisible Reilly', 'Flippidy Flop' and 'Yoko Ono' written by
band-members Mick Bryan and singer Gary Street (Joe Conway) who
sadly passed away in 2005. The band began life as The Agents. When Larry Cunningham left the Mighty
Avons, he hired most of The Fairways as his new backing-band and
called them The Country Blue Boys. The Tom Kelly Sound, hired Gary
Street and changed their name to The Fairways.
Based in: Edenderry, Co. Offaly
Lead Vocals: Gary Street
Lead Guitar: Michael Bryan
Bass: Ollie Kennedy
Sax/Clarinet: Michael Moore
Trumpet: Bobby Clarke
Trombone: Danny Slevin
Organ/Piano: Pat Cleary
LISTEN TO THE
FAIRWAYS . . .
1968: Flipiddy Flop / Hold Me Closer
- Domain D2
1968: Invisible Reilly / Hey Child - Release RL501
1972: Is Anybody Going To San Antone / I Will Follow The Rain -
1976: Love Me Just A Little Bit More / Canít You See I Love You -
Gary Street (lead
vocalist), Pat Cleary (keyboards), Bobby Clarke (trumpet), and Mick Bryan
(lead guitar) are all deceased. Pat, Bobby, and Mick Bryan went on to
join Larry Cunningham and The Country Blueboys when The Fairways
disbanded. Gary Street joined The Tom Kelly Band in Mayo and took the
name of The Fairways. Mick Moore sax is alive and well and lives in
Edenderry where he runs his engineering consultancy business. P.J.
Walsh, drums, lives in Clane Co. Kildare where he runs a boiler
servicing company. Aidan (Kid) Graham who succeeded P.J.Walsh on drums
emigrated to America. As far as is known, he is still living.
Kennedy lives in Mullingar and has for the last twenty four years
played with Foster and Allen He is a successful songwriter. His
biggest hit, After All These Years, co-written with Ber Coleman has
been recorded by a number of people. It was a big hit for Foster and
Allen. Danny Slevin, trombone and band leader lives in Newbridge. He
retired from electrical contracting in 2008. He played occasionally
over the years with ballad singer Pauric Browne. He also writes songs.
The most successful was Grandad (The First Time I Heard Him Say) which
has been recorded by Brendan Shine, Foster and Allen and others. A new
song, Love is Everything, co-written with guitarist Vinny Baker has
been recorded by Daniel O Donnell. Danny Slevin.
Update from Danny Slevin (August 2011) Some additional information
re. The Fairways. Tommy Sheridan Road Manager is deceased. Sean
Reilly, Manager. After the disbanding of the Fairways Sean took
over the management of Ray Lynam and the Hillbillies. He managed a
few other bands before becoming Daniel O'Donnell's manager. His
success in that job speaks for itself. Sean is probably the only
manager to have a song written about him,(Invisible Reilly). In
spite of all his success in the music business, he has still
managed to remain reasonably invisible and that's the way he likes
it. As previously stated, Aidan Graham is in America. He owns a
few pub/restaurants in Bristol, Rhode Island including a Judge Roy
Beans and the very successful Aidan's Pub and Grub. He still
remains in touch with the music business and runs regular rock
sessions at which he occasionally sits in.