Formed in London, England in 1975, Clancy was comprised of Dave Skinner (keyboards, vocals), Ernie Graham (guitar, vocals), Dave Vasco (guitar, vocals), Jim Cuomo (saxophone), Sam Mitchell (dobro), Colin Bass (bass, vocals), Barry Ford (drums, vocals) and Gaspar Lawal (percussion). Skinner was already renowned as a session musician, working with, among others, Bryan Ferry, and had previously been a member of Uncle Dog. Ernie Graham had been a member of Eire Apparent and Help Yourself and had completed a solo album in 1971. Gaspar Lawal’s credits included work with Graham Bond, Joan Armatrading, Stephen Stills and Viv Stanshall. Clancy quickly became a popular live attraction, blending skilled musicianship with the relaxed, goodtime atmosphere of contemporaries Kokomo and ‘pub rock’ favourites Bees Make Honey. They secured a major record contract with Warner Brothers Records, but sadly their two albums for the company failed to recreate the atmosphere of live performances. They split up in 1976, after which Skinner and Lawal resumed their careers as session musicians while Graham worked with Nick Lowe.
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