violinist and singer song writer Pat McManus.The ‘PMB’ line up
is completed by former ‘More Power To Your Elbow’ powerful
drummer Paul Faloon and rhythmic and solid former country music
and session bass player Marty McDermott.
Irish Traditional music.His first instrument was the violin,
which he started playing at the age of 4,but by 7 years of age
he was also playing the acoustic guitar and making appearances
with the family band and on national television.By the age of
14 years he had won the ‘All Ireland’ on the ‘fiddle’ in the
adults category.Being a folk purist he had not really thought
about Rock and Roll,but by the age of 18 his thoughts had
changed and so he picked up the electric guitar.
brother John and Tommy and they very quickly became an overnight
hit around the clubs and ballrooms of Ireland.They then went on
to tour the UK and Europe with ‘Hawkwind’,’Wishbone Ash’ and then
were asked to support ‘Thin Lizzy’ on their farewell tour.This
culminated in the band playing at the ‘Reading Festival’as an
unsigned band,unheard of at this time….and it was there they
were finally signed to a world wide record deal with Jive/Arista.
They went on to tour the world,working along side such bands as
Bon Jovi,Ratt,Black Sabbath,Iron Maiden,Rush,Sting,Gary Moore,
Scorpions,to name a few,both as support and headliners.
away.Pat and John felt they could no longer continue with the
band and took some time out,returning with new band ‘Celtus’ in
late 1995.The band was immediately signed by Muff Windwood to
Sony Music and after recording their first cd ‘Moonchild’,they won
rave reviews.In 1996 they won the Irish Music Award for best album,
beating U2 and the Corrs etc.The band went on to record 4 more
albums,toured extensively and fulfilled their ambition to play
the Albert Hall,but in 2001 after a last show at the ‘Finsbury
Park Fleadh’,Pat decided he wanted a break and to return to live
involved in more traditional projects,which culminated in an
appearance at the ‘White House’!He also joined up with two other
bands ‘Indian’ and ‘The Painkillers’ both to play live and write
project,so he started to put together the ‘Pat McManus Band’ and
recorded his first solo Blues/Rock album ‘In My Own Time’.
By 2007 the band was officially launched the band started touring
and was in demand to do shows in Ireland,the UK and
Europe.In 2008 Paul Faloon joined the band,with Marty McDermott
joining some six years ago to complete what is now the
quintessential line up.The band are continually in demand and some
say one of the hardest working acts on the road.They have headlined 2
European Tours a year since 2007 and also played at many prestigious
festivals.Highlights include supporting the Scorpions with audiences of up
to 25’000 and so many great festivals throuout Europe from Norway to Corsica.
There had been 5 more albums and three live DVD’s and in the last year
a sixth album ‘Tattooed in Blue ‘ and a new Live CD have been
and they are now touring their ‘Tattooed in Blue Tour’ .
blues legends and in the last few years he has been named in the top five
Irish guitar players of all time.He is still affectionally known as the
‘Professor’,a name given to him back in the eighties because he
was always willing to help young players and chat to fans about
music and instuments…and that hasn’t changed as he still does
that today.Pat along with Paul and Marty are very much intouch`
with their fans and certainly three gentleman of rock !
‘Eye watering guitar work’- Hot Press – Ireland
‘A lesson in guitar mastery’ – Blues Matters – UK
‘Fresher then half the blues prodigies out there’ – Classic Rock – UK
‘Virtuoso guitar playing’ BBC
‘Mo-nu-men-tal’ – Blues Magazine
‘The Professor came up with one of the greatest riffs of all of
rock history.The lazy,sleazy,incredibly sexy signature to “Needle
in the Groove” – Irish Independant
other artists in many wide and diverse genres,such as Samantha Fox,
Tricky from ‘Massive Attack’,John Parr,Spike from the Quireboys,
Wishbone Ash,Smokie,Robyn Robbins from the Bob Segar Band and many
others.Plus his music features on many film and TV programs.