Legendary 1970s New wave act The Undertones will embark on a series of UK dates soon commencing with a date at Cardiff’s Tramshed on November 10.
The band emerged from Derry in 1976, the result of five friends (John O’Neill, Damian O’Neill, Feargal Sharkey, Billy Doherty and Michael Bradley) learning how to play basic rock and roll.
Their debut single, Teenage Kicks was championed by Radio 1 DJ John Peel and following a signing to Sire Records the band appeared on Top Of The Pops.
Over the next five years, John O Neill, crafted further pop gems such as `Here Comes The Summer`, ‘Jimmy Jimmy`, `You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It)’ and ‘Wednesday Week’ whilst Damian O’Neill and Michael Bradley contributed ‘My Perfect Cousin. They also recorded four highly acclaimed LPs. In 1983 Feargal Sharkey left the band to pursue a solo career and the remaining members decided to call it a day.
In 1999 The Undertones reconvened, without Feargal Sharkey, to once again perform their two-minute, three and a half chord songs to a new generation of fans in Derry. Fellow Derryman Paul McLoone replaced Sharkey on vocals.
Since signing a licensing deal with Union Square Music, the four original LPs, ‘The Undertones’, ‘Hypnotised’, ‘The Positive Touch’ and ‘The Sin Of Pride’
Following the bands 40th Anniversary, they have continued to be a draw on the live circuit touring both UK and Europe and embarking on their first ever tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Fans can expect to hear a combination of classic hits and new cuts spanning four decades at the bands forthcoming show
- Visit theundertones.com for further details