From County Mayo in the west of Ireland, Time Machine were Sean
Holleran (lead guitar), Gerard McLaughlin (bass) and Joe Joyce
(drums). Managed by Louis Walsh way before he bored everyone to
tears with Boydoze, Wastelife and the Kissy Factor. Seán Holleran's
son, Johnny, has inherited his father's talent (not to mention his
collection of vintage guitars) and he plays with a band called
Without George (Please see Links page for their website).
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left: Gerard McLaughlin, Joe Joyce, Seán Holleran
Lead Guitar: Seán Holleran
Bass: Gerard McLoughlin
|Now here's where the plot thickens.
In Dublin in the early '70s, a band named Time Machine emerged. We
cannot ascertain if this was the same band with line-up changes or a
completely new Time Machine. Drummer Derek Teeling was in the 3-piece
line-up and this band reformed a couple of years later first as a
4-piece band (Chris Hand - guitar, Tommy Smith - bass, Annie Moore -
singer and Derek Teeling) and then as a 5-piece when
joined as a keyboard player, using 10 keyboards! We
would be grateful if any of the original Time Machine could let us
know if this was the same band - or not!
Derek Teeling's 5-piece Time Machine
Mark III ~ managed by Johnny Lappin
Letter from Pat
As you state the
original Time Machine were a 3 piece rock/heavy group from County Mayo
and managed by Louis Walsh. They decided to disband for personal
reasons in 1972. I was quite friendly with Louis at that time and had
band called Freeway and pushing Louis to manage us.
As he had a
diary of gigs he offered me a deal - to make some changes to Freeway
and take on the name of Time Machine. At first Derek Teeling (Drums)
and I had a problem with this but as usual with Louis he persuaded us
that as the name of Time Machine was already well established and the
perfect way forward. We agreed!
The new line up
was Austin Smith (vocals) ex-FireBrigade/The Clouds, Derek Teeling
(drums), Kevin Jennings (bass) ex-Bernard Tormey Band and myself Pat
Savage (lead guitar). Musical differences had Austin depart within
months while a serious accident led to the departure of Kevin within
six months. He was replaced by Sean Creighton (bass). This 3-piece
line up was the most successful Time Machine - between July 1973 and
September 1974 . 'As I Roved Out' - an attempt at Celtic Rock was
released in mid-1973 and entered the Irish Charts. I do not remember
how it fared! The petrol crisis, three-day week and recession of
Autumn 1974 led to a great reduction in gigs while Derek and I decided
that Time Machine had run its course and decided to disband. Derek
decided on a new line up which were more of a mini-showband and had
some further success with the new lie up.
I left for London which was full of brilliant musicians and no money.
It was a bitter sweet pill but I the made a career decision and joined
a American Commodity Company as a Junior Trader and have remained in
the business for the last 34 years with great success! I am still very
much a music person and go to many gigs here in the UK mainly near
Regards, Pat Savage
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