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Fair Exchange Biography 1982


Towards the end of March1982 Fair Exchange decided to go 5 piece and recruited Clonmel based Guitarist and Trumpet player, Declan O Dwyer as our fifth member. Not alone did Deckie own a trumpet and an electric guitar but he could actually play them very well indeed.


Even though Alan Harris would break his leg less than a month later this did not deter us as a band from striving for success and world domination, and during the summer of 1982 we would regularly perform with Alan sitting on a chair with his leg in full length plaster. (Truly committed to the cause).


On the 21st August 1982 Fair Exchange once again headlined the closing night of The Fair of Cahir and with Declan O Dwyer unavailable we were augmented, on this occasion, by fellow Cahir musicians, and long time friends – John Neville on lead guitar, Pat Kelly percussion and Michael Kelly on Saxophone. (Michael had learnt one song – UB40’s “Food For Thought”, in the key of A which he played fairly well. However after performing the song he continued to “busk” on the remainder of the set – all the time in A which made for some interesting “sounds” emanating from the stage. My late father likened it to, the sound of the ship, The Queen Mary, attempting to dock in the Mall in Cahir)


Back - Joe Shine. Johnny Casey. Front – Declan O Dwyer. Charlie O’Neill. Alan Harris

Fair Exchange 7th May 1982 – Hearne’s Hotel Clonmel