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1978 Gig Schedule

In 1978, the band was initially managed by Gerry and the gigs were those that were based on the connections he had made through the band Sundown in the mid 1970's. Initially they used the name California while pressing home the American connection. Playing mostly pubs and the odd function it would take several months for the band to attract the attention of both Tom Kelly (who managed the Fairways) and also Hawk Records. 

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Day Date Advert Place
Sat May 20th
1978
Canavaun, Cliffoney
as Sunrise - 1st gig for band
Sat May 27
1978
Blue Lagoon
As Sunrise
Sun May 28th
1978
Talk of the Town, Donegal
As Sunrise (name misspelled)
Mon May 29th
1978
Charity Concert Blue Lagoon
For St. Anne's Community Games 10th Anniversary
as Sunrise
Thurs June 1st
1978
NOT AVAILABLE Grammar School social, Sligo
Sat June 3rd
1978
Yeats Tavern, Drumcliffe, Co. Sligo
As Seasons (not sure why we used a different name)
Fri June 9th
1978
NOT AVAILABLE St Annes Youth Club, Sligo
Sat June 10th
1978
Blue Lagoon
As Sunrise
Sun June 11th
1978
Yeats Tavern, Drumcliffe, Co. Sligo
Once again as Seasons
Wed June 14
1978
Blue Lagoon, Sligo
Fri June 16th
1978
NOT ADVERTISED Mountain Inn, Coolaney, Co. Sligo
Fri June 23rd
1978
NOT ADVERTISED Forest Park Hotel, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
Fri June 30th
1978
Astoria, Bundoran
Relief to Elvis impersonator Frank Chisum
Kim's first gig in Ireland

(Note: band on the following night, Rosetta Stone,
would appear with the band on Non-Stop Pop
on RTE several years later)

Sat July 1st
1978
Blue Lagoon, Sligo
First gig in Sligo for Kim and the band
Wed July 5th
1978
Teach Murray, Gurteen, Co. Sligo
Fri July 7th
1978
Talk of the Town, Donegal
Sat July 8th
1978
Abbott Dinner Dance, Baymount, Strandhill
Band not listed, but gig as "Private Function"
Mon July 10th
1978
Four Seasons, Monaghan, Opportunity Knocks

(Note: In an attempt to kick start the band, they
auditioned for Opportunity Knocks but didn't
make it through to the heats

 

Sat July 15th
1978
Blue Lagoon, Sligo
Mon July 17th
1978
NOT ADVERTISED St. John's Lourdes Fund Cabaret, Sligo Park Hotel
Wed July 19th
1978
Astoria, Bundoran
played relief to Joe Dolan and the Drifters
Fri July 21st
1978
NOT ADVERTISED Great Southern Hotel, Sligo
for Councillor, Declan Bree
Sat July 22nd
1978
Mountain Inn, Coolaney, Co. Sligo
Sun July 23rd
1978
Talk of the Town, Donegal
Our second appearance here and Kim
became "Ken"
Mon July 24th
1978
Glangevlin Variety Concert, Co. Cavan
Held in conjunction with the Glangevlin Festival
Fri July 28th
1978
Blue Lagoon, Sligo
Sat July 29th
1978
NOT ADVERTISED Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal
Private Function
Sat August 5th
1978
Talk of the Town, Donegal
Apparently Kim is now "Ken"
Sun August 6th
1978
NOT ADVERTISED Cawley's Lounge, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo
Mon August 7th
1978
Coolera House, Co. Sligo

(Note: We stepped in for Johnny Brennan and the
Country People who did not show up)
Wed August 9th
1978
Race Night - Blue Lagoon, Sligo
Fri August 11th
1978
NOT ADVERTISED Golf Links Hotel, Sligo -
Private Party
Sat August 12th
1978
Blue Lagoon, Sligo
Sun August 13th
1978
Horshoe Lounge, Ballymote, Co. Sligo
Mon August 14th
1978
Benson & Hedges Area Finals,
Blue Lagoon, Sligo

(Note: Peter Henry was kind enough to select Kim
top represent the Blue Lagoon in the competition
and on this night she won the area final.)

Sat August 19th
1978
NOT ADVERTISED Bunnacurry Hall, Achill Island, Co. Mayo
Wed August 23rd
1978
Riverstown Hall, Riverstown, Co. Sligo
Thurs August 24th
1978
Teach Murray, Gurteen, Co. Sligo
Fri August 25th
1978
Blue Lagoon, Sligo
Sat August 26th
1978
NOT ADVERTISED Innisfree Hotel, Sligo
Private Function - Wedding
Sun August 27th
1978
Horshoe Lounge, Ballymote, Co.Sligo
Wed August 30th
1978
Travellers' Friend Hotel, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

(Note: This was the first in a few gigs for which the
band played the "dancing" portion of the cabaret gig
with thanks to Pat Jennings)

Fri Sept 1st
1978
Blue Lagoon, Sligo

(Note: The band stood in for the Butler-Dempsey
band who were involved in a road accident and
did not make it to Sligo)

Sat Sept 2nd
1978
Talk of the Town, Donegal

(Note: Despite being the band's fourth appearance,
Kim is still "Ken"...lol)

Sun Sept 3rd
1978
Glenbay Hotel, Glencolumbkille, Co. Donegal
Wed Sept 6th
1978
Benson & Hedges Zone Finals, Teach Murray,
Co. Sligo
Kim wins one of the three spots to the finals
to be held Ballina on September 21st
Fri Sept 8th
1978
Coolera House, Co. Sligo
Sat Sept 9th
1978
Blue Lagoon, Sligo
Tues Sept 12th
1978
Western Hotel, Claremorris, Co. Mayo
Claremorris Junior Chamber Over 21 Club

(Note: Band has been given a new name:
Southern California...lol)

Fri Sept 15th
1978
Western Journal Article on Golden Voice
Zone Winners
Sat Sept 16th
1978
Coolera House, Co. Sligo
Sun Sept 17th
1978
Glenbay Hotel, Glencolumbkille, Co. Donegal
Apparently a last minute booking
Thurs Sept 21st
1978

Benson & Hedges Golden Voice Final,
Town Hall, Ballina, Co. Mayo -
Kim would place 2nd and win 200
Sat Sept 23rd
1978
Blue Lagoon, Sligo
Fri Sept 29th
1978
Talk of the Town, Donegal
Finally got Kim's name right
Sat Oct 7th
1978
Blue Lagoon, Sligo
Sun Oct 8th
1978
NOT ADVERTISED St Anne's Youth Club, Sligo
Sat Oct 14th
1978
Coolera House, Co. Sligo
Sun Oct 15th
1978
Talk of the Town, Donegal
Wed Oct 18th
1978
Blue Lagoon, Sligo
Fri Oct 20th
1978
Coolera House, Co. Sligo
Sat Oct 21st
1978
Blue Lagoon, Sligo
Sun Oct 22nd
1978
Glenbay Hotel, Glencolumbkille, Co. Donegal
(Apparently stood in for Ronnie Griffith)
Thurs Oct 26th
1978
Kingsbridge Inn, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Fri Oct 27th
1978
St. Anne's Community Group, Blue Lagoon, Sligo
Sat Oct 28th
1978
NOT ADVERTISED Bunnacurry Hall, Achill Island, Co. Mayo
Sun Oct 29th
1978
Riverstown Hall, Riverstown, Co. Sligo
Mon Oct 30th
1978
Beaten Path, Claremorris, Co. Mayo
Fri Nov 3rd
1978
Talk of the Town, Donegal
Sat Nov 4th
1978
Blue Lagoon, Sligo
Sun Nov 5th
1978
NOT ADVERTISED Clifden, Co. Galway
Thurs Nov 9th
1978
NOT ADVERTISED S.V.S.U. Baymount Hotel, Strandhill, Co. Sligo
Fri Nov 10th
1978
NOT ADVERTISED Housing Social, Great Southern Hotel, Sligo

In early November, 1978. The Fairways band
lost half their lineup and Tom Kelly asked the Kim Newport Band
(which he now also managed), to stand in. For most of the next
3 weeks, Kim, Gerry Gallagher, Seamie McGowan and Dick Lynott (along with
Michael Kelly on bass and Barbara and Sandy Duskey) were the Fairways.
 
Sat Nov 11th
1978
Sunset Club, Easkey as Fairways
Sun Nov 12
1978
Fethard, Co. Tipperary as Fairways
Wed Nov 15th
1978
Murphy-Floods Hotel, Enniscorthy as the Fairways
Fri Nov 17th
1978
Coolera House, Sligo

Played in Coolera House for a charity gig and then
went to Riverstown to play as the Fairways

Fri Nov 17th
1978
Riverstown Hall as Fairways
Sat Nov 18th
1978
Blue Lagoon, Sligo
Sun Nov 19th
1978
National, Dublin as Fairways
Fri Nov 24th
1978
Club Nua, Cornafean, Co. Cavan as Fairways
Sat Nov 25th
1978
  Unknown
Sun Nov 26th
1978
Macroom Castle, Macroom, Co. Cork as Fairways
Wed Nov 29th
1978
Mason Family Charity, Blue Lagoon, Sligo

Played in the Blue Lagoon for a charity gig and
then went to Strandhill to play the Baymount
as the Fairways

Wed Nov 29th
1978
Baymount, Strandhill as the Fairways
Thurs Nov 30th
1978
Kingsbridge Inn, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Fri Dec 1st
1978
Talk of the Town, Donegal
Sat Dec 2nd
1978
Blue Lagoon, Sligo
Wed Dec 6th
1978
Mardis Gras Club, Innisfree Hotel
(Great Southern)
Fri Dec 8th
1978
Beaten Path, Claremorris, Co. Mayo
Band's name as South California
Sat Dec 9th
1978
Searson's Hotel, Portarlington, Co. Laois
Thurs Dec 14th
1978
Kingsbridge Inn, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Fri Dec 15th
1978
CAN'T FIND AD Killeavy Youth Club, Newry, Co. Armagh
Sun Dec 17th
1978
Talk of the Town, Donegal
Wed Dec 20th
1978
Travellers' Friend, Castlebar with Swarbriggs 
Sat Dec 23rd
1978i
Blue Lagoon, Sligo
Tues Dec 26th
1978
Gildea's Lounge, Burtonport, Co. Donegal
Wed Dec 27th
1978
Talk of the Town, Donegal
Thurs Dec 28th
1978
NOT ADVERTISED Bunnacurry Hall, Achill Island, Co. Mayo
Fri Dec 29th
1978
Blue Lagoon, Sligo
Sat Dec 30th
1978
Coolera House, Co. Sligo
Sun

Dec 31st
1978

No Advert Found St. Mary's Hall, Tourmakeady, Co. Mayo
     

 


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