The Original 60's Group.
First Boy Band
Con & Dec went to O'Connell Schools in Dublin, where Dec joined
the school Harmonica Band and learned how to play the
mouthorgan, whilst Con joined the school choir. Con also learned
to play the harmonica at home, and having spent many hours at
the fireside playing together they formed a harmonica group
called 'The Harmonichords'. Under their new name they performed
their first concert at The Boxing Stadium in Dublin , then went
on to play on many other shows around Dublin, honing their
stagecraft skills. They often played on air with the Radio
Eireann Light Orchestra, and appeared in all the major theatres
in their home city of Dublin. During this time they appeared on
Hughie Green's 'Opportunity Knocks' on Radio Luxemburg having
time off school to do so.
& Dec played in 'Fit Ups' (put together shows) all over Ireland
and with the encouragement of Karl Denver added singing and
playing guitars to their accomplishments. This meant they could
now do two acts during a show - thus earning more money!! All
this whilst still at school...............
appeared on the 'Ed Sullivan TV Show' in America. They also
appeared in Ireland on a 25 week prime time radio series with
Eamonn Andrews called 'Odd Noises' which was an Irish version of
'The Goon Show'. They thank Fred O'Donovan the producer of 'Odd
Noises' who, if anybody, started them on their career.
about recording techniques, both vocal and instrumental,
primitive though they were at that stage. ( The engineer used a
tube from a vacuum cleaner to create a delay effect - you had to
use ingenuity in those days! ). Con & Dec were also taught the
skills of stage make-up, although what that had to do with
appearing on the radio was a mystery to them at the time. Later
however it came in very useful.
Their reputation grew,
and they became household names throughout Ireland. This
resulted in them becoming so busy that they performed 37 shows
in one week............ and they were still at school!!
established in Ireland they travelled the length and breadth of
the country performing on the harmonicas and also singing to
their own accompaniment on guitar and bass. Little did they know
that their fame was spreading abroad and that things were about
to change for them. They were asked to perform in Glasgow for
two weeks at The Pavilion Theatre followed by two weeks at The
Hume Hippodrome in Manchester. The same promoter, Phillip
Solomon was to make them a life changing offer the following
The Original 60's Group.
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