Pat McManus, longtime musician and former ‘Mama’s boy’, takes the band on UK tour – Armagh I
Former Mama’s Boys and Celtus guitarist and fiddle virtuoso Pat McManus, along with band members Paul Faloon and Plunkett McComb kicked off 2022 with a UK and European tour.
The summer months will be filled with festival appearances both at home and abroad.
Pat McManus was one of six children born into an incredibly talented musical family in Derrylin, Co. Fermangh, Northern Ireland.
Pat’s father John and mother Valerie were very accomplished traditional Irish musicians. So it wasn’t long before Pat and his two brothers, John and Tommy, picked up all the instruments lying around the house and learned how to play them.
By the age of seven Pat had already performed on live television and by 14 he was All Ireland Violin Champion.
At 20, Pat came across a band called Horslips. As Horslips were a Celtic rock band, the 3 brothers could identify with their music and quickly became huge fans and went on to attend so many gigs that they befriended the guys in the band.
The brothers quickly traded in their violins, Uilleann Pipes and Bodhrans for electric instruments and formed their first band called – Pulse, with Pat on guitar, John on bass and vocals and Tommy (who was only 12 at the time) on the drums.
During an interview with Radio Luxembourg, Dj – Tony Prince, who remarked on how young they were all, jokingly called them Mamas Boys – the boys changed their names.
It was just meant to be a “headline” remark, but the name stuck and soon the three brothers were officially known as Mamas Boys.
As the band turns 15 this fall, touring will resume and the band can’t wait to return to the Market Place Theater.
As always, the set will be filled with their own special brand of blues rock, infused with a touch of Celtic, with old favorites and new.
Market Square Theater
Saturday November 12 | 8 p.m.
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