“Pyramid” band will be together again this weekend for a re-union gig at Thurles Rugby Club on Saturday night. And they will re-live many rock and even romantic memories for devoted fans who have stayed the pace with them since those heady rock revolutionary days of the early ‘Seventies and the Age of Aquarius.
Back in those days “Pyramid”’ were headlining gigs in places like Trinity College for the annual Ball where also on the same programme once was an up and coming band called “Boomtown Rats”, featuring a guy called Bob Geldoff. They also played in UCC.
“Pyramid” were more than a popular band. For they paved the way for many an Irish rock band to follow. Just witness the young talent in Thurles today. And, in particular, let’s not forget Una Healy of the Saturdays from Fianna Road who has really done well. In the music scene and best wishes to her. Thurles is and always was tops. You betcha! But back to “Pyramid”
They just had to play scenes like the Trinity Ball because, For godsakes, man, where would you get a pub to play a rock band in the those ballads and Ballroom of Romance days! , And man, like all them guys with the long hair and bell bottoms and colourful shirts and girls with colourful knee -length dresses with lace attachments and all that crazy talk about love and peace, baby. And wasn’t it just all really nice, though somewhat misunderstood by a generation reared on ceili music. And once there was nothing but Irish trad on the national airwaves before Radio Luxembourg and Radio Caroline and all that.
Once “these Pyramid” guys even staged their own mini- rock festival “down by the river” near where the Source Arts Centre is now. And they musically encouraged young Thurles to clean up the river because, like the man said, ‘we gotta be kind to Nature’.
The band, best known for their treatment of “Santana” music and “Black Magic Woman “ and “Down By The River” even won an award for
Thurles photographer, Seamus Butler of Friar Street, Thurles, who worked with them in the ‘Seventies But let’s meet the band: Seanie Ryan on drums; Tom Lyons on lead guitar; Tom Kinane on rhythm guitar and Robbie Fogarty on bass.
Seanie Ryan and Tom Lyons were to play in the record-breaking production of Jesus Christ Superstar by St. Damiens’ Youth Club, which starred Majella Roche, now married to singer, Daniel O ‘Donnell. Also in that show were folks like Patrick (“Papa”) Connolly, Derheen and Eamonn Lyons, Derheen.
And it was nice to see “Papa” Connolly and Eamonn at the wonderful acoustic session of “Pyramid” in the Monks last visit.” Pyramid joined the young Thurles band, ”Autonomous One” for a good cause, in Kennedys also last year.
The Thurles tour was a huge success for the “Pyramid” last year and, their many fans are looking forward to the gig next Saturday.
Seanie Ryan is now drumming in a city night club in Houston, Texas, and he lives in Katy, about 50 kilometres from that bustling city. He and his son, Kevin, are both official referees of the American Soccer Federation. And, of course, Seanie is a Port Vale fan. Top sportswriter, Con Houlihan, once devoted an entire column in the now defunct “Evening Press” to Seanie’s Port Vale links. Seanie is brother of Patrick Ryan, 30 Kennedy Park, and formerly of 11, Fianna Road, Thurlesand uncle of Thurles photographer, Brid Ryan. Seanie Ryan is home from America currently with his daughter, Sarah Siobhan, and Sarah’s friend, Chris Bereznak, a golfing enthusiast and Manchester City fan. Sarah, Seanie and Chris visited Manchester City grounds and Port Vale grounds (Vale Park) last week.
Tom Kinane, formerly of Monadreen, was home from London where is freelancing in lighting direction for television. He has worked for BBC, Channel 4, London Weekend Television and ITV etc. He is renowned for his highly professional approach to his work in many countries around the world. He has won numerous Television awards as a Lighting Director. He is son of former County Tipperary Librarian, the late Dan Kinane and Mrs Kinane, Monadreen, Thurles.
He is married to Emily Dwyer, daughter of Denis and the late Eileen Dwyer, Cassestown. Robbie Fogarty, formerly of Sean Treacy Avenue, Thurles, is also home from London, and he is brother of former Thurles Town Councillor, Mary Theresa Fogarty, Kennedy Park, Thurles.
At the re-union gig last time we met Nicky Fogarty, Robbie’s brother, and Gerry Kinane, Tom’s brother, and their sister, Theresa, who are all expected to attend this year’s gig.
We also met Pat O’ Rourke from Bothar Na Naomh, Thurles, home of a hundred musicians and singers, including the late grandmother of Boy George Maybe come to Thurles, too, George? Pat is now in Paris and once did sound for the “Pyramid”. Actually, he was first to introduce a revolutionary new sound system to the Irish music scene. Pat is in Paris and won a Hollywood Oscar for Technical Achievement for a system of extracting silver from film chemical wastage and thus saving the industry money in the process.