Top Irish band Hothouse Flowers play a once off gig in The Glens Centre Manorhamilton this Friday, November 11.
Fresh from a busy Summer on the international festival circuit including dates at Glastonbury and Findsbury Park, The Hothouse Flowers made a huge name for themselves during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s with a passionate, bombastic fusion of rock & roll with the rootsy sounds of Irish folk and American gospel. The group was founded as a Dublin street-performance act called the Incomparable Benzini Brothers by schoolmates Liam Maonla� (vocals, keyboards) and Fiachna �Braon�in (guitar).
After winning the Street Entertainers of the Year award in 1985, the Incomparable Benzini Brothers added bassist Peter O’Toole, saxophonist Leo Barnes, and drummer Jerry Fehily and changed their name to Hothouse Flowers. The group received a glowing write-up in Rolling Stone who named them the best unsigned band in the world before even landing a record deal, but that drawback was rectified when Bono saw them performing on a late-night television show. A single on U2’s label Mother got Hothouse Flowers signed to PolyGram. Their 1988 debut, People cruised to the top of the Irish charts and peaked at number two in Britain. Their follow-ups, Home, Songs From The Rain and Into Your Heart continued their success, and the band have also all worked on their own solo projects.
The band’s line up now includes the two founding members, Liam and Fiachna as well as Martin Brunsden on Double Bass and Dave Clarke on drums. More usually found on the festival circuit or in bigger venues, this is a rare and wonderful opportunity to catch The Flowers in such intimate surroundings.
Tickets are €22 and can be booked at www.theglenscentre.com or on (071) 9855833. Standing concert so limited seating, full bar available.