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February 8, 2017...New book by Colm Lynch - Mushroom, A Collector's Item
We received a package this morning from Colm "Link" Lynch, original member of the 1970's Celtic rock group Mushroom.
The package included his new book about the band and his autobiography. Colm asked us about contributing to the book and it includes our brief history of the band along with many of the photos which appear on the website.
The book is an amazing collection of facts and photos about the band and Colm's life both in Ireland and later when he went to live in Denmark.
The original band (originally called Hessuanta) featured Colm (drums), Michael Power (keyboards), John "Dee" Donoghue (guitar), Alan Brown (bass), and Pat Collins (vocals and fiddle). Aonghus McAnally would join after the departure of John Dee in February, 1973.
Colm tells the story in detail and really does a great job describing the excitement of the era when Celtic rock was just taking off in the form of the band, Horslips. We wish Colm every luck with the book and want to thank him sincerely for mentioning the site and helping keep the memories of this great era in Irish entertainment alive.
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Mushroom Feature (1972-1975)
The Story in Short...(The following quotations are kindly borrowed from Gerry Gallagher (www.Irish-showbands.com)
Few bands generated the excitement, buzz and fizzle that heralded the short-lived Celtic rock band, Mushroom. The first mention of the band we can find is in Pat Egan's Heavy Sounds column in Spotlight in early December 1972. He described them as a young band that showed some promise.
One way or another, this appearance (Fillmore West) seemed to catapult the band to a kind of instant stardom. Pat Egan began talking about them on a weekly basis. Just a few months later, in May 1973, the band was being hailed as "the next Horslips.
In the late spring of 1973, the boys went into the studios and recorded their first single, Devil Among the Tailors, which was an instant, and relatively massive hit which rode the wave of popularity for the Celtic-rock genre started a few years earlier by Horslips. The record was released on the Hawk label and spent 12 weeks in the Irish charts, topping out at number four and outperforming even Horslips, who had only managed (at that point) to barely crack the top ten with their classic track, Dearg Doom (which stalled at number 8).
By the summer of 1973, Mushroom had arrived. They started work on their first (and only) album and continued to play ballrooms up and down the country. By the end of the year, they had completed and released their album, Early One Morning. We're not sure how the album sold but in some circles it is considered a collector's item, a testament to the band's popularity.
In February 1974, the band was featured on the cover of Spotlight, a further indication of their popularity on the scene
Mushroom on the cover of Spotlight
(L-R) Michael Power, Alan Browne, Colm Lynch,
Pat Collins and Aonghus McAnally.
The Collection Cd.
Cd released 2015....Tales for sale.
Cd released 2012.... Red roses for a blue Girl
Cd released 2002
"MUSICAL AFFAIRS OF THE HEART"
Released spring 2002.
Read 3*** reviews in Gaffa Feb.2002 or read www.gaffa.dk and
Read 3***reviews in The Jytland Post (Jyllandsposten) the 27th. March-02 or read
Cd released 1999....Kiss me with your painted lips
"HIT" single released 1983....Violence has many faces.
Cd released 1980....Ten years after Mushroom
Cd released 1978....Early days after Mushroom
Mushroom Lp released 1973....Early one morning