Back row L/R Trevor Keys (Guitar/Vovals) John Doherty (Drums)
Brian Winters (Bass) Stevie Morris (Guitar/Fiddle)
Front L/R Seamus Costello (Piano) Brendan Quinn,
Brendan Quinn from Co, Derry was lead vocalist with The Mighty Avons
But later decided to form his own band The Bluebirds
Left/Right--Stevie Morris (Guitar/Fiddle) John Doherty (Drums)
,Rod McAuley (Guitar-Vocals) Brian Winters (Bass)
Brendan Quinn, Seamus Costello (Piano)
Text From Brendan Quinn
The son of a blacksmith, Brendan Quinn left school at age 15 to pursue a career in welding,
but was soon to abandon the traditional blue collar life for that of a working musician.
At 19, he joined up with Robin & the Breakaways, a showband that, in the tradition of the genre,
included a brass section, drums, bass, guitar, piano, and a vocalist, and who played
Top 20 hits in local bars and dancehalls.
It was within this setting that Quinn developed his skills on guitar and vocals.
He stayed with the Breakaways until 1975,when he became lead vocalist with
The Mighty Avons he later formed the American country music influenced Bluebirds.
Touring virtually non-stop in Ireland, Britain, and North America,
the Bluebirds stayed together until 1994, when Quinn decided to go back to the roots
of what had inspired him as a boy in Magherafelt: honky tonk and rock & roll.
The band with which he carried out this passion was Kickin' Mule, a bar band
that had formed in 1990 for a sole jam session.
Along with old friend and Van Morrison Band member Arty McGlynn,
Quinn began playing in the smaller venues that were conducive
to the looser format cultivated by Kickin' Mule.
In 1994, Quinn put out his first solo effort, The Mystery, and in
he released Small Town on Deep Cove Records,
which operates out of his hometown Magherafelt, where he resides. ~
Travis Drageset, All Music Guide
Born in Galway, Ireland, Seamus is a 3 time "All Ireland" accordion champion.
He also toured extensively throughout Ireland and was a member of the very popular
"Brendan Quinn & The Bluebirds" Showband. After moving to Ottawa in 1987,
Seamus pursued a solo career in the pubs and clubs.
From John Bairds collection
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