Granny’s Intentions reunite for series of gigs

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

THEY were once Limerick’s “finest beat group”, with the world at their feet and signed to one of the biggest record labels in the world in the late ‘60s. Now, seminal group Granny’s Intentions are to reform for a three night run in Limerick’s Belltable.

THEY were once Limerick’s “finest beat group”, with the world at their feet and signed to one of the biggest record labels in the world in the late ‘60s. Now, seminal group Granny’s Intentions are to reform for a three night run in Limerick’s Belltable.

Such is their popularity that two of the nights are already sold out - and just a handful of tickets remain on sale for the third night in the Belltable on October 27. The show will feature the ‘original Limerick line-up’ of Cha Haran, Johnny Hockedy, Jack Costelloe, Guido DiVito and Johnny Duhan - and there remains a possibility that further shows could be added, while rumours abound of a Late Late Show appearance.

“We are getting back together,” laughed Rosbrien man Cha Haran this week. “Ah sure it is brilliant, it is great. Like ourselves, there will be grannies at the shows.”

Known initially as ‘The Intentions’, the band made their debut in the Savoy in June 1966 on a bill that included old-fashioned, variety-style entertainment, but quickly stood out.

While Joe O’Donnell and Joe Heelan were involved at the early stages, the classic line-up is the one that will take to the Belltable stage.

“This is the original line-up. This is where we started out in 1966. We left Limerick and went on to Dublin and then we said we would have a go and moved to London. We were signed by one of the biggest record labels at the time, Deram, some very big bands were on that label at the time,” remembered Cha.

Songs like Story of David, Sandy’s on the Phone and Never and Everyday Thing saw the band grow in profile, while they also began to incorporate a soul element into their music.

Something of a fluid group, legendary guitarist Gary Moore, Heelan and Pat Nash played with the band when members drifted in and out, but “they were all Granny’s”. Cha said there will be a tribute to the three men during the show, who are now deceased.

Duhan has remained in the music business, and his ‘To the Light’ was inspired by the band’s years on the road - and it is this series of songs that the band will play in the Belltable, along with some Granny’s classics.

“We will definitely do some Granny’s classics, but it is a surprise, it will be a show - a nice night, worth going to,” Cha laughed.