circa 1968 Source - Broadgate Gnome
Line up: inc.Sean Cannon (now with Dubliners). First Coventry based Irish band in folk revival.
http://itsthedubliners.com/SC_D01_gaels.htm - The following extract from this site on the Gaels -
In February 1968, the GAELS opened an upstairs room at the Denbigh Arms, Monks Kirby in Warwickshire, and another such Folk Club was born. The group, originally started by two of its members in 1966 as the Phoenix Folk Group, has four members, who between them play a wide range of instruments. The club soon earned a reputation for good music, talent and entertainment and the membership now stands somewhere over the 2,000 mark.
Many national and international guest artistes and floor singers have appeared at the club and much has been written about the group themselves in Folk circles. John Foreman wrote “an outstanding group, playing a variety of instruments between them. I agree with many others in rating them very highly", Thus the Denbigh Arms Folk Club, Monks Kirby—almost in the middle of nowhere—earned its name for a “good Saturday evening's entertainment!
In addition to the clubs in the Midlands the group has made several visits to Ireland, and is perhaps as well known in parts of Ireland as over here.
Three members of the group hail from the “Shamrock Isle". Brian Patten is a native of Donegal on the borders of Northern Ireland—Sean Cannon was born and raised in Galway City and Bill Hartnett, their acknowledged leader, comes from County Limerick. The fourth member Ian (Skid) Rennie is an exiled Scot from the Burns county of Ayrshire and completes the Celtic circle.
It is hardly surprising that the GAELS possess by virtue of their inheritance, a richness of fine traditional material. Their style is not, however, confined to the traditional, for with their natural talent and instrumental versatility, they are able to produce a varied sound and style to suit all folk enthusiasts.
Finally, by popular demand, this record has been produced. It is dedicated to all club members and friends for their encouragement, enthusiasm and support, and is the GAELS own contribution to the furtherance of good Folk Music to Folk lovers everywhere.
Following from - http://itsthedubliners.com/sc_01.htm
Born and reared in Galway, but spent most of his adult life in England. His interest in folk music started in 1962 in Germany where he lived for a short while. For several years he moved throughout Europe living in Germany, Switzerland and Spain and eventually settling in England in the late 60's. He first appeared with the Dubliners, when he played support in two concerts in the 70's at Coventry and Redcar. He has also toured extensively with Planxty throughout Britain and Europe.
source: 25th Anniversary - Tour Program
Seán was born in Galway but has spent a good deal of his adult life in England. His wanderings began in the
(Above shows the Gael's playing a Music Marathon November 1969 at the Coventry Arts umbrella Club. 18, Queen Victoria Road with Last Fair Deal (an offshoot of Wandering John).
ANOTHER PIECE ON SEAN CANNON ON HOBO - COVENTRY FOLKCLUB SCENE