A largely under-rated Irish electric folk group, who were active through the mid to late 70s. Their debut album was produced by the noted Irish fiddler, Donal Lunny, and the line-up consisted of Don Knox (fiddle), Michael Smith (bass), Austin Kenny (guitar) and Dermot O’Connor (guitar, vocals). By the time they recorded their most significant work, Smoking On The Bog, O’Connor had departed, to be replaced by multi-instrumentalist Ken Wilson and Dave Gaynor (drums). The album, recorded at Sawmills Studio in Cornwall, had a good time, boozy ‘feel’, and included an excellent cover of Richard Thompson’s ‘For Shame Of Doing Wrong’. A further Irish-only single release signified the end of Spud, and its ex-members have been absent from the music scene for some time.
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