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Fair Exchange Biography 1980

Following on from the success of our debut gig we continued to build up a following performing in bars and youth clubs around South Tipperary (well mostly in Cahir) and welcomed in 1980 playing to a capacity crowd in the Galtee Hotel, Cahir that New Years Eve. However this was to be Anthony Fitzpatrick’s final gig with the band (as he got a better offer playing in a band that actually gigged a lot more regularly than we did and got paid for it too) and he was eventually replaced on Bass guitar by Alan Harris at the end of January1980. An essential pre requisite at the time was to actually own an instrument (being able to play it didn’t matter) and while Alan could play a bit, more importantly, he owned a Bass and an amp so he got the gig.

Left to right – Alan Harris. Joe Shine. Charlie O Neill. Johnny Casey