Fleadh Cowboys

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Fleadh Cowboys
Frankie Lane playing with the Fleadh Cowboys on Bob Dylan's birthday, Dublin, 2011
Background information
Origin Dublin Ireland
Genres Folk rock
Years active 1984—1990
Members Pete Cummins
Frankie Lane
Tommy Moore
Paul Kelly
Trevor Knight
Fran Breen
Ger Kiely
Past members

The Fleadh Cowboys are a Dublin-based folk-rock/country band.

The Fleadh Cowboys were formed in 1985 by Johnny Moynihan, Pete Cummins and Frankie Lane, in Kenny's pub in Westland Row in Dublin. They recruited Jimmy Faulkner on electric guitar and Garvan Gallagher on bass and along with Fran Breen on drums they moved to The Harcourt Hotel on Harcourt Street.[1]

Adding Phil Donnelly and Paul Kelly amongst others, they had a long-running residency in Dublin's Olympia Theatre.[2] The band established a format where every week a guest or guests would join them on stage. Guests at the venue included Mary Coughlan, Shane MacGowan, The Waterboys, The Hothouse Flowers, Nanci Griffith, John Prine and Joe Ely.

The Fleadhs toured with Bob Dylan, The Pogues, The Waterboys and Emmylou Harris.

The band broke up in 1990 though they later reformed for gigs and to record. The individual musicians continued to play and record in different formations. Paul Kelly and Frankie Lane, accompanied by Eleanor Shanley, play and tour together in Ireland and throughout Europe. Pete Cummins (the band's main songwriter) released his debut solo album The Brilliant Architect in 2008 to critical acclaim. His anti-war song "Flowers in Baghdad"[3] was in the Neil Young anti-war charts Living with War, for almost two years.[citation needed] He continues to tour with guitarist Ger Kiely.

In May 2011 the band was reformed by Pete Cummins to organize a charity event at Dublin's Button Factory, with guests Lisa Hannigan, Gay Woods, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Henry McCullough, Siobhán O'Brien, Mundy, Tír na nÓg and others.[4]


  • "Johnny da Vinci" (1987 single)
  • High Ace to Heaven (1988)
  • Time of Your Life (1997)


  1. ^ Report (16 July 1988). "Come back Country, all is forgiven". The Irish Times. p. 23. 
  2. ^ On the Town (18 March 1989). "Midnight Games". The Irish Times. p. 22. 
  3. ^ Hot Press June 2007
  4. ^ Hot Press, 1 April 2011

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