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The Whisky Priests


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Twin brothers, Gary & Glenn Miller (“the Joe Strummer and Mick Jones of Folk Music”), formed The Whisky Priests in August 1985 as teenagers with no previous musical experience but a burning creative vision. With an original line-up made up of old school friends, they played their first gig in their hometown of Durham on 4th October 1985. Within two months, and after only 2 gigs, they had recorded their first original song, ‘Danny’s Hard Life’, written by Gary, for a local compilation album.

In January 1987 The Whisky Priests appeared on one of the very last editions of the now legendary music programme ‘The Tube’. Later that year their debut single ‘The Colliery’ was released.

The band’s first serious line-up recorded two 12” EP’s in 1988 (“Accordions on acid… compulsive dementia”, Sounds, U.K.), independently released on Gary & Glenn’s own, newly-formed, Whippet Records label, serving a hard-touring apprenticeship which took them all over the UK.

In 1989, the band augmented their ranks, with the addition of a fiddle/northumbrian pipe player, particularly enhancing the traditional North East of England folk music flavour of the band at that time. Signing to a professional recording and publishing company, this line-up recorded The Whisky Priests debut LP ‘Nee Gud Luck’, for the princely sum of £900 (“The contemporary folk masterpiece”, Rock ‘N’ Reel, UK). Also by this time legendary Whisky Priests bass player and singer Mick Tyas had joined the band becoming a mainstay of the lineup for many years and a popular stage presence.


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  • archiesdad

    Here is a link to a video clip on You Tube of The Whisky Priests performing the instrumental track 'The Rising of the North' (from the band's debut album 'Nee Gud Luck' released in 1989) at the 'Chelsea' in Vienna on 17th March 2001. The majority of Whisky Priests Vienna shows took place in the much larger venue the 'Szene' and this was the only time the band played at the Chelsea (think this may have been the last show the band played in Vienna). What is interesting about this clip is that it features long-term Whisky Priests Bass player Mick Tyas playing Mandolin instead of his customary Bass (when this video was taken Mick had returned to the band for a brief period playing Mandolin and Guitar, replacing Hugh Bradley). The line-up on this clip is Cozy Dixon on Drums, Gary Miller on Guitar, Glenn Miller on Accordion, Andy Tong on Bass, Mick Tyas on Mandolin:

    24 Jun 2011 Reply
  • archiesdad

    View the official promotional video to Gary Miller's 'Bold Brass' from his latest CD 'Reflections on War' (Whippet Records WPTCD22) at:

    8 Nov 2010 Reply
  • archiesdad

    Gary Miller (co-founder, lead singer, songwriter, guitar and mandolin of The Whisky Priests) stopped playing music for a number of years through long-term illness. He recently started recording and performing live again and his new website has just launched at:

    31 Aug 2010 Reply
  • caulsidebob

    used to watch the boys all over north london,great nights out

    24 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Rosieramone01

    So good but Im possibly biased considering Mick Tyas is my dad xD

    14 May 2009 Reply
  • FenFireDragon

    Bloody well live, bloody well excellent!

    11 May 2009 Reply