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The Fat Lady Sings

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The Fat Lady Sings was formed in Dublin in March 1986. Fronted by singer and songwriter Nick Kelly, the initial line-up also comprised Robert Hamilton (drums), Dave Sweeney (guitars) and Finbarr O’Riordan (bass). Unusually for the time, the band decided to relocate to London almost immediately after forming, and based themselves there throughout their subsequent eight year career. Perhaps more unusual still was the fact that they never recorded a demo – five months after forming their first visit to a recording studio produced “Fear And Favour”. This single was paid for out of the band’s own pocket and released by Terri Hooley on his Good Vibratrions label. “Fear And Favour” brought the band immediate critical attention from the English music press. Over the next 18 months, self-managed and self-financed, the band began building a live following in both the UK and Ireland.

In March 1988 their second independent single, “Be Still” was released on Harbour Sound Records, once again to critical acclaim. By this time, following various shifts in personnel, the band’s classic line-up was firmly established, with Nick and Robert now joined by Dermot Lynch (bass) and guitar player and multi-instrumentalist Tim Bradshaw.

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