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Sloth – Dublin 1990

Dec 16 1990



Benefit for Vegetarian Society of Ireland

The five charities were picked out after discussions with Valerie, Miriam and the Bearded Lady. We could have run a gig every week for a year and still have had more  than enough good causes. We decided to go with ones that meant something to us and hopefully raise interest among people who were going to the gigs.

We handed out  leaflets at each gig but other than raising money I often wonder about the long term value of such events. I would rather they took place than didn’t; I would rather
they didn’t have to take place at all. The cynic in me suggests that they change nothing. The optimist belives that someone may relate to it, somewhere, sometime.
We raised the following amounts

All organisations were very grateful. This made me think about how we sometimes don’t bother with things because they seem so unimportant on a wider scale. £90 to the RCC is probably loose change by their standards but they really appreciated the effort. It’s the gesture, the small step that counts. Whenever I think about my small  world not making a difference, I am reminded of that.

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Quicksand Irish tour 1991

Feb 24 1991 Quicksand Bolton St
Feb 24 1991 Quicksand, Sloth Charlie’s
Feb 25 1991 Quicksand, Skin Horses, Afflicted Grattan

Quicksand - Bolton St 2

Quicksand – Bolton St (pic by George Curran)


Christy Colcord in England was a contact for many American bands who wanted to tour Europe. She heard about what we were doing through a friend of hers in Belfast and
rang to ask if QUICKSAND could come over. They had released one 7″ on Revelation Records and featured people who used to be in New York bands Gorilla Biscuits and Youth Of Today. No matter what bands they had been in before, we would still have put on the gig – if they were willing to travel, we were happy to give them a place to stay.

However, after hearing the music of Quicksand we were very happy to have accommodated them. By now Bolton Street college were offering to do gigs and Fran in Kildare asked about putting bands on Saturday evening. A band could feasibly play Charlie’s in the afternoon and drive the short distance to Kildare for a gig that night. It meant a lot more work for the band but it also gave them a greater chance to cover their costs of travelling over to Ireland. Julia and others in Belfast got the Belfast Gig Collective going so bands could travel up there on a Sunday for a gig.

There was a Thursday – Tuesday special offer on the car ferry so it proved cost effective to come over to Ireland on a Thursday night/Friday morning to play Friday lunch, Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Evening, Sunday evening and finally  Monday again (usually in Dublin). Quicksand availed of this offer. 120 people were at the Charlie’s gig – the venue wasn’t packed but many, many more say they were here.

Quicksand - Bolton St 1

Quicksand (pic by George Curran)



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Nomeansno, Not Our World, Killercrust, Trenchtown, Sloth – Dublin 1990

April 24 1990

Nomeansno, N.O.W., Killercrust, Trenchtown, Sloth

New Inn
Nik Evans was the person organising the British end of a tour for Nomeansno. He rang to ask if we would be willing to get the band a gig in Dublin. I was a fan of the band so readily agreed and knew that the New Inn would be perfect. It had plenty of space to allow people to dance. Unfortunately for me I was also pretty sick around this time. I had been out of work since the previous December and had been diagnosed as having Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome. I had little energy to deal with all the intricacies of gig promoting. Other bands had to be contacted, posters/fliers made and distributed. Fergus and Paddy helped out immensely with this one. We decide to meet up regularly in my house and discuss forthcoming gigs.

During our discussion it was felt that it would be a good idea to have the Nomeansno gig as a benefit. We thought that seeing as there would be a decent crowd there, we could raise some money for an organisation but more importantly try and raise some awareness. Amnesty International seemed a good choice. Nomeansno were happy if they got their travel expenses and all other bands played for free.

I spent most of Nomeansno’s set in a car outside the venue and therefore didn’t get to see someone hurting their ankle dancing. They were happy with the £20 we gave them for their taxi fare and their hospital fee

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