The Ranchers

Related: Problems, Big 8, New Blues, Dreams, Sugarshack, Bagatelle, Conquerors, Columbia

In the main photo (from left), Paddy Farrell from Ballyfermot played sax and flute. He also played with The Clouds. Frankie Carroll, a native of Tuam, County Galway, he later joined The Big 8 in Las Vegas, U.S.A. John O'Brien from Drumcondra played lead guitar. He had played with Johnny Regan and The Tumbleweeds and The New Blues. When The Ranchers broke up he helped form and played with the original Bagatelle.

Pat Fortune from Ringsend was the bass player. Some folks may remember him as the vocalist and bass player on the hit record "Morning Dew" by  Sugarshack. Mark McCormack from Shankill was trumpet player and MC. He had played with John Farrell and the Dreams before joining The Ranchers. He was a son of one of the famous Fossett Circus family.

Shay Spain from Nenagh had played with The Tumbleweeds and The Conquerors before joining the Ranchers. Timmy Weadick from Arklow was the only other original member of the band. He was a trombonist and a fabulous pop singer. He is the tenor voice on the recording of "Mr. Bassman" (courtesy of Frankie Carroll).

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Town/Village/County: Dublin

Vocals: Frankie Carroll
Lead Guitar:
John O'Brien
2nd Guitar:
Pat Fortune
Mark McCormack
Sax/Flute: Paddy Farrell
Trombone: Timmy Weadick
Shay Spain

Discography: soon

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