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Mon, Feb 26, 2024


Shows: 9
Earliest: Sep 27, 1974
Latest: Mar 20, 1996

The first lineup of Albatoss was formed in the mid-70s by Barry McCabe (guitar) and showband veteran John Smith in the village of Virginia, Co.Cavan. They were named after the Fleetwood Mac song. Barry's two main influences were Peter Green and Rory Gallagher. The highlight of this early period was undoubtedly supporting Horslips at the Farmer's Ballroom in Virginia in 1976. By the early 1980s the band was a blues trio based in Dublin with ex Zen Alligators Gary Eglington on bass. They toured relentlessly across Northern Europe and Scandanvia throughout the 80s, recording several live albums. The two Stoic singles released in 1984 are difficult to find. Barry McCabe continues to record and perform regularly as a solo artist. A number of live CDs have been issued which collect the Albatross recordings.