Henry McCullough

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Henry McCulloughThe career of Henry McCullough cuts through just about every conceivable facet of rock music, and touches upon some of its most glorious moments.

Growing up in the seaside resort of Portstewart, Henry's first musical venture was as guitarist with Irish show band The Skyrockets and the years to follow found him doing the dance hall circuit with similar outfits, including the popular Gene and the Gents.

When the blues boom hit Ireland, Henry became involved with the rougher side of music through the outfit that were to become Eire Apparent. Managed for a time by Chas Chandler, Eire Apparent were one of the many bands to take part in package tours of Britain, alongside groups like The Move, Pink Floyd, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Amen Corner... After an untimely exit from the band, Henry nailed down some of the finest mix of traditional and rock with his work as part of the legendary Sweeney's Men. It is said that this line-up more or less invented the concept of Folk-Rock.

He then drifted to London where he became steeped in the blues scene, rubbing shoulders with some of the greats of the genre who were just coming to the attention of the British revivalists. An encounter with a young Sheffield singer led to a job and Henry's first brush with the realIy big time - as part of Joe Cocker's Grease Band. Tours and albums followed quickly, including an appearance at Woodstock and a lengthy period of work in the States.

Recording information: Amberville Studios. Photographer: Ronnie Norton. Personnel: Henry McCullough (vocals, guitars); Declan Murphy, Paddy Goodwin (electric guitar); Percy Robinson (pedal steel guitar, dobro); Enda

Walsh, James Delaney (keyboards); Nicky Scott (double bass, bass guitar); Roe Butcher (bass guitar); Peter McKinney, Aidey McIlduff (drums).

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