Reform-ing Limerick’s musical heritage

Alan Owens


Alan Owens

Legacy: Paddy Brennan of Limerick Rock and Roll club with the Reform CD, the first time their music has been released on the format. Picture: Adrian Butler
THE first ever collection of music on CD by Limerick band Reform will launch next week.

THE first ever collection of music on CD by Limerick band Reform will launch next week.

Paddy Brennan of Limerick Rock and Roll club, who raised €30,000 for Milford through his Limerick On Record album, is the man behind the project, releasing a new compilation album of Reform’s back catalogue.

“It is eight singles and one album and this is the first time on CD. There is also some rare, never before heard demos of the band, recorded in Limerick,” explains Paddy, a self-avowed “fan since the very beginning” since the band formed in 1968, and a personal friend of Willie Browne, Don O’Connor and Joe Mulcahy.

“Following on from Limerick On Record, I just felt it was another band that needed to be put down in the archives of Limerick music, their legacy needs to be continued because of the very fact that they were on vinyl and it is not really available any more,” said Paddy.

“It is to keep on the tradition, keeping Limerick music going and alive,” he added.

This year is the 30th anniversary of the band’s last ever gig, in Kilkee in July 1984.

Ten years previous, the trio signed a recording contract with UK label Young Blood - a division of CBS.

Songs such as One for the Boys, Keep Music Live and You Gotta Get Up made Reform one of the country’s best known bands of the 1970s.

“They were Limerick’s top band - locally and nationally - in the 70s,” says Paddy.

“They were a very tight band, renowned for their harmonies, reminiscent of Crosby, Stills and Nash, they put a lot of work into their arrangement, especially the harmonies. They were a band that were able to rock like Status Quo as well.”

The compilation contains the band’s only album, One For All, eight singles - A and B sides - a radio interview from 2006, a Buddy Holly medley recorded for the Rock and Roll club, and rare demos recorded in Phantom and Menlo studios in Limerick.

The album will launch in the Clarion next Tuesday at 7.30pm.