By Brian Whelan: The Cyclones
were formed by Paul Deering (original drummer) in 1960 and were one
of the first Beat Groups to hit the Irish music scene. They started
playing the Tennis and Rugby Club circuit and subsequently enjoyed
great success in the developing Dublin club scene in venues such as
Zhivago, Club Arthur, Sloopys, Five Club etc.
original band members were; Liam Brady, Al Brady, Don Byrne, Paul
Deering, Ray Rothery and Brian Whelan. They played the very popular
Saturday Landsdowne R.F.C. gig for many years.
group disbanded in 1970 and reformed as Spice with Chris Hynes, Jack
Lawlor and Jimmy Mullen (Larry’s uncle) joining Don Byrne and Brian
Whelan. Spice released their only single, on Polydor in 1972 –
“Looking My Way” (by Jackie Hayden & Bren Cullen) with “Last
Year” (by Barry Flynn & Joe McGuinness). The individual
members worked as session musicians under Producer John Dardis in
the legendary Trend Studios throughout the '70s and are featured on
several successful albums by well-known Irish artists.
hastily cobbled together Cyclones played at Bono’s wedding on 21st
August 1982 (see Shay Healy’s memoir “On the Road”). The
Cyclones reformed for a one-off 25th anniversary reunion
gig at Jury’s Hotel in 1985 and did it all again for the 40th
anniversary in Templeogue L.T.C. Both gigs were for charity and sold
out. There are scary rumours about a final anniversary gig in 2010!
Al Brady, Chris Hynes and Brian Whelan are still independently
actively involved in music.