The Cheries

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The Cheries, one of Ireland's first all girls band was formed in 1968. The line-up included two sets of sisters from very musical backgrounds playing drums, organ, bass, lead and rhythm guitars, which was practically unheard of in those days. The Cheries started off playing warm-up to Peter Boy and The Trend Showband and as their popularity increased, and their fan-base grew, mostly among the male population might I add, venues opened up to them as the star attraction because they were unique.

Their musical ability was second to none with the very talented Gaby Gallagher on drums and her equally talented sister Mary playing organ and vocals. The bass guitarist was Lorraine Mallett with sister Vera playing rhythm guitar and other sister Maureen Mallett on lead guitar. All the girls sang individually as well as producing beautiful harmonies, and because of their vocal versatility, could sing an amazing cross section of songs.

They enjoyed playing all types of venues and were very much in demand for weddings and other social functions and carried on doing so for a few years until engagements and weddings started happening. They had two great managers in Bob Barnes and John McLaughlin who really looked after them and did all the donkey work and sorted bookings which greatly pleased the two sets of mammies knowing their daughters were in safe hands! The Cheries set the precedent for future girl bands and look back fondly on precious memories of good times together and are delighted to have brought "Girl Power" to Ireland.

Town/Village/County: Derry

Lead Guitar: Maureen Mallett
2nd Guitar: Vera Mallett
Bass: Lorraine Mallett
Drums: Gaby Gallagher
Organ/Piano: Mary Gallagher
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