Stockton’s Wing mark 40th with Arts Festival concert

Stockton's Wing; Tommy Hayes, Karol Lynch, Tara Breen, Mike Hanrahan, Paul Roche and Steve Cooney. PHOTO: LUCY FOSTER.
Stockton's Wing; Tommy Hayes, Karol Lynch, Tara Breen, Mike Hanrahan, Paul Roche and Steve Cooney. PHOTO: LUCY FOSTER.

Stockton’s Wing became one of Ireland’s most popular home-grown bands when they emerged on the scene in the late 1970s after winning a talent competition in Limerick –  now their current incarnation will perform some of their best-loved material in Monroe’s Live on Thursday, July 20, as part of this year’s Arts Festival.

The initial line-up of Stockton’s Wing was Kieran Hanrahan on banjo, Tommy Hayes on percussion, Paul Roche on flute and tin whistle, Tony Callinan on guitar and vocals and Maurice Lennon on fiddle. In 1977, they won the traditional section of a Guinness-sponsored talent competition in Limerick – the rock section was won by a little-known group from Dublin’s Mount Temple School, called U2.

Mike Hanrahan, Kieran’s brother, replaced Tony as guitarist and singer-songwriter two years later and he has been with the band since through its various changes in line-up.

The name Stockton’s Wing is from Bruce Springsteen’s song, Backstreets, which is on his iconic Born to Run album. Stockton’s Wing released 12 albums, played concert halls and festivals from America, Canada, Europe and Australia, shared stages with Michael Jackson and Sammy Davis Junior, and penned enduring anthems including Beautiful Affair, Walk Away and New Clare Revival.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.