Ireland has been responsible for giving us a multitude of fabulous Rock Musicians. Including U2, Phil Lynott, and the remarkably under rated Horslips. But Guitar heroes seems to be their absolute forte. Rory Gallagher from Ballyshannon, Gary Moore from Belfast. Smack in the middle in Geographical terms comes Pat McManus. Gary Moore and Rory Gallagher went onto worldwide fame, but Pat McManus seemed to have missed the boat somewhat to total Stardom. A combination of Bad luck and Unlucky breaks, plus the traitorous nature of the Music business have all contributed to this situation.
Pat had two Brothers Tommy and John McManus and they came from a very musical family, so it was only natural for the three toddlers to pick up the Instruments their Parents had in the house and started to learn their craft. By the age of seven Pat McManus had already appeared on national television. When the three brothers saw the Irish Rock Band Horslips it was love at first sight and at first they started following them all over Ireland becoming friends with the members of the Band. This naturally progressed to the three Brothers forming their own Band. With Pat on Guitar and Electric Violin, Tommy on Drums, and John on Bass. During a Radio interview in Ireland the Disc Jockey made a comment on how young they all were and called them Mama's Boys. The Name stuck. Mama's Boys toured everywhere and anywhere. Supporting such diverse acts as Thin Lizzy, Ratt, Bon Jovi,Rush, Wishbone Ash. As well playing Reading Festival and supporting Deep Purple on their comeback concert at Knebworth. Despite being constantly tipped for Stardom and Seven powerful Studio albums and numerous, Live and Compilation albums, between 1980 and 1992 the call for fame never quite came.
In 1992 Mama's Boys turned into The Government, but this lasted one single. Before a halt was called. Tragedy then took over as Brother Tommy McManus finally succumbed to Leukemia which he had first been diagnosed with at the tender age of Nine.
Pat McManus turned to session work for a few years. But was finally coaxed out of retirement and formed the Pat McManus Band.
Playing constantly in America, and Europe. Since 2008 releasing five solo albums plus two Live albums including this showcase set.
The Studio albums are good, but it's the Live albums that really catch fire. Playing a selection of songs from throughout his career, including five songs from Mama's Boys days, a cover of Slade's Mama Weer All Crazee Now as well as more recent Solo Stuff. Pat switches from playing the Blues to shredding his guitar to ripping up things on his Electric Violin. Pat MacManus is nick named ‘The Professor ' that track on this album is possible the stand out. Looking every inch the Rock Star at 56 there is still a huge future for this incredibly talented musician. Now backed by long time Drummer Paul Faloon and Marty McDermott on Bass. (Gordon Sheridan took the honors on Bass on this album). They are a true force to be reckoned with. A Must see if they come to a Hall near you. Better still buy this album.
Pat McManus - Lead Vocals, Guitars and Electric Violin.
Gordon Sheridan - Bass Guitar and Backing Vocals.
Paul Faloon - Drums.
Low Down Dirty Blues.
I Take What I Want.
Got The Right.
Back in the Saddle.
Same Old Story.
Return of the G Men.
Mama Weer All Crazee Now.
Needle in the Groove.
Written By Mott The Dog and Hells Bells.
Photography by Harpic Bryant of Breezeridge Photography.