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Dawson, Long Fin Killie Dublin 1992, 1993

Sep 11 1992 Dawson, Long Fin Killie Barnstormers                                                                          Aug 18 1993 Dawson, Long Fin Killie, Pet Lamb Attic

When my parents bought me my trusty typewriter in 1990 the first band I wrote to was Dawson. I corresponded regularly over the years with Jer of the band. I loved their wild discordant noise. I took some copies of their records to sell and kept talking about them to anyone that would listen. When Jer asked if I could help organise something for them and fellow Glaswegians Long Fin Killie I was over the moon.

When he asked for it to be on August 13 I was devastated. Miriam and I were due to be in Mayo that day in the middle of a holiday with her family. We had a long discussion about it and agreed to get the train home that day. Thankfully we got back in time to see Dawson in Dublin. What a privilege. Not too many others got to witness that privilege but it was their loss, undoubtedly. Amazing! Barnstormers the following year was equally thrilling.

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Babes In Toyland Irish tour 1991

Jul 20 1991 Babes In Toyland, Pet Lamb – Charlie’s
Jul 22 1991 Babes In Toyland, In Motion – Fox + Pheasant

This was the twelfth Saturday afternoon gig of the year in Charlie’s. Southern Studios had been in touch about Babes In Toyland playing. They were going to play Belfast and Cork with THERAPY? and wanted to fit in the capital while they were over. I was delighted because John Loder was involved in Southern. John was involved with Crass and Flux Of Pink Indians and also helped out with Ian McKaye from Fugazi. This was a great gig and NO, Therapy??, did not play the Dublin gig. There was confusion before this gig as the rumour spread that the “Babes” had signed to a major label.

Given our refusal to deal with bands on major labels it may have seemed contradictory to put on a band just because of a link with John Loder. However we were told they were not on a major when they visited Ireland and that’s all the reassurance we needed. They subsequently signed to (and got dropped from) a major but when they played Ireland they were aligned to Southern. It may seem a small and inconsequential point but it was important to ‘Hope’. As mentioned, ‘Hope’ didn’t want to be part of the major record label’s machinery for their bands.

We had NO guest list at our gigs, we treated all bands the same, the same way we treated people who paid in to the gigs, and anyone involved in helping with a gig paid in. This way there was no “them” and “us”. For us to put on a band tied in to a major record label would have been a sign of support for the band, something we didn’t want to do through our gigs, regardless of individual feelings. Monday night and the “Babes” played the FOX. Another surprise gig, my surprise being when I was asked for ALL the money (£300) from the gig to go the “Babes”. “I think they deserve it after tonight’s show, don’t you”. I was too busy dreaming of those CRASS records and thinking this isn’t right to give the reply I wanted to.

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React Benefits – Dublin 1991

May 23 1991 Ogre, Shred, Stone Pony, Tension – Fox + Pheasant
May 30 1991 Grown Ups, Onion Breath, Jam Jar Jail, Pet Lamb – Fox + Pheasant

React was 7 issues old and had grown to 2000 copies per month. It was now being printed by Atko-print, Miriam’s cousin. He had his own printing business. He also  printed some fanzines out of his sister’s garage. Since the second Fugazi gig, there had been a fund that we used whenever there was a surplus or deficit at gigs. All ‘Hope’ gigs were not-for-profit in that any money made could be used for other projects. This could be used to help cover a band’s costs at a gig without being completely dependent on the numbers of people attending. Other projects became “loans” to fanzines to help them print their first issues. They then paid back the money out of fanzine sales if they could. Printing React cost money which ads from the record shops Freebird and Comet didn’t cover.

As React was a tool for publicizing gigs it used some of the ‘Hope’ fund but I felt awkward taking money every month. I was building up a list of interested people that would get REACT and fliers for impending gigs – a mailing list. I asked people to take out a 6-month subscription for £2 and got about 75 replies. That paid for one issue but it also meant that people would get their copies posted; therefore, money needed to be found. As an aside to the regular afternoon Charlie’s events I asked bands that had previously  asked for gigs to play a benefit for REACT.

Two weeknights in the Fox + Pheasant were organised. Bands were willing and some people went. However there was a mix-up  over a drum kit at this first gig and Ger, from Tension, really complained about the whole thing. I suppose this gig and the fact they played to 20 people the previous month didn’t enamour ‘Hope’ to them. A low point.

I don’t remember thanking the bands who did these two benefits. If not I apologise and am grateful they took the time out to play and support REACT for no monetary gain.

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Underfoot, Nurse Diesel, Jackbeast – Dublin 1996


April 6 1996

Underfoot, Nurse Diesel, Jackbeast

The Attic



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DIY Festival City Arts Centre Dublin


August 15 1996

DIY Festival

Relapse, Capratone, The Slippies, Pet Lamb (Pet Lamb played as Nurse Diesel)

City Arts Centre

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Nomeansno, Pet Lamb, Tension Dublin 1991


September 15 1991

Nomeansno, Pet Lamb, Tension


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Alice Donut, Gout, Brawl Dublin 1992

August 1991

August 30 1992

Alice Donut, Gout, Brawl


And so it continued. Bands that had a good name attracted the crowds; unheard-of bands drew much smaller numbers. Few people were willing totake the risk, especially if the band were not American. Alice Donut was both heard of and American so they were bound to get a good crowd, which they did. They spent a couple of days in Ireland and got to play Cork. This was great as many American bands only came to play Dublin and Belfast.

They enjoyed themselves so much in Derek’s house that they didn’t want to leave Ireland. Gout asked to come up from Kilkenny to play sometime and this seemed like a good opportunity for them to make the journey. Gout was to become quite popular and indeed came up to live in Dublin. For this gig though they got a lift up from a parent after school and went straight home after. Murt’s band Brawl were the other band on the night. Brawl were really active in their area, putting on gigs and eventually releasing their own album so it was great to give them the opportunity to play to a decent crowd in Dublin. There seems to be a better mentality from people in bands outside Dublin. Brawl were typical of this. They didn’t wait for others to do things for them: they just got out and did it themselves.

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