Guitarist and keyboard player Jackie McAuley has had one of the most varied and creative careers of any of the great musicians who emerged from Belfast in the 60s. And currently he is on a roll, with the formation of a new backing band
Jackie McAuley : The History
As a member of Them he recorded and toured with Van Morrison behind hit records like ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’ ‘Here Comes The Night’ and “Gloria” sharing stages with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and others. Later when Van Morrison went solo McAuley joined Paul Brady in Dublin band The Kult.
As leader of The Belfast Gypsies he recorded an album, Them Belfast Gypsies, produced by infamous L.A. scene-maker Kim Fowley, which has been hailed as one of the rawest and most powerful to emerge during the 60S blues boom.
McAuley’s psych-folk duo Trader Horne, with ex-Fairport Convention singer Judy Dyble, only released one album, Morning Way, in 1970, but the album, much played by John Peel at the time, has, astonishingly, been reissued at least seven times since.
Through the 70s and beyond, McAuley recorded and worked with dozens of artist from Viv Stanshall (Bonzo Dog) to Clodagh Rodgers, Jamaican reggae giants The Heptones, to Rick Wakeman and also with Lonnie Donegan as guitarist and musical director.
In 1982 McAuley wrote the world-wide hit record 'Dear John' for Status Quo.
Meanwhile formed the short lived but potent ‘Rowdy’ with bassist John Gustafson (Roxy Music) and drummer Les Binks (Judas Priest)
In the late 80s McAuley for many years led the popular Celtic rock band ‘Poor Mouth’ recording one album.
Since breaking up Poor Mouth, McAuley has released several well-reviewed albums under his own name.
Jackie McAuley : Today
In 2015, McAuley and Dyble reformed Trader Horne (after forty five years!) for a one-off London gig which was awarded four stars in a review in The Times.
McAuley released Them Good Old Songs in 2015, revisiting some of the songs he had first played in the mid-60s with Them.
McAuley is currently gigging in Ireland and beyond with The Jackie McAuley Band.
He has recently finished writing his memoirs, ‘I Sideman’
What The Critics Say
“Van Morrison may have the most exalted career of any ex-member of ‘THEM’ but Jackie McAuley at least in terms of longevity is a close runner-up” - Bruce Eder, All music
“McAuley has a CV any decent musician would die for." - London Time Out
“One of Ireland’s greatest ever bluesmen” - Blueprint
“One of the most distinguished musicians of his generation” - Irish News
- THEM - ‘ Baby Please don't Go’, ‘Here comes the night', ‘The Angry young Them’
- BELFAST GYPSIES - ‘People Let's freak Out’, ‘Them Belfast Gypsies’
- TRADER HORNE - ‘Goodbye Mercy Kelly’, ‘ Here comes the Rain’ ‘Morning Way’.
- JACKIE McAULEY - ‘Turning Green’ ‘Jackie McAuley’ ‘Headspin’ ‘ Shadowboxing’ ‘Fretwork’, ‘Bad day at Black Rock’ ‘Big Pete’s Birthday’
- THE POOR MOUTH - ‘Johnny Forty Coats’ ‘Gael Force’
- STATUS QUO - ‘Dear John’ (Writer)
- RICK WAKEMAN - ‘The cost of Living.’, ‘Gole' (Guitarist)
- THE HEPTONES - ‘Mama Say’, 'Country boy'.‘Mama Say’ (Album. Guitarist)
- JIM CAPALDI ‘The Contender’ (Album. Guitarist)
- LONNIE DONEGAN. ‘Live at Croydon’ (Album. Guitarist)
- HARBOUR BLUES BAND. ‘Crusin' (Album. Guitarist/Keyboards)
- JACKIE McAULEY AND THE REGULAR GAS BAND - ‘ Them good old songs’
- JACKIE McAULEY BAND - ‘Radio Waves’
- AMERICAN FORK - ‘Here comes the Rain’
- STRANGER THINGS - ‘Jenny May’
- GOLE (Rick Wakeman) - Guitarist
Pierluigi Cioci - Bass, Keyboards, Violin.
Luigi is a classically trained Italian musician who has played with many artists all over Europe. He also merits the distinction of working under the instruction of world renown maestro Enrico Morricone (The Mission etc). Since settling in the UK and Ireland Luigi has played with several bands including Trader Horne, The Regular Gas Band and the Blues Katz.
Joe Toal - Drums
A newcomer to the scene, Joe has already toured with Iron Maiden singer Paul di Anno, and looks forward to a long career in rock.