Crack had started out
when Steve Travers and Aonghus McNally left Starband and
formed the Ska band 'Crackers'. Line-up changes
and a name tweak saw 'The Crack' being formed as a 4 piece
outfit. Here Steve
was joined by guitar-vocalist Tommy Lundy, Ronan O'Callaghan on
Keyboards and Pat Waller on Drums.
their debut album
of The Crack', Adrian Mullen and Dee McMahon from Starband
and various members
of The Memories guested on backing
well as Aonghus, Adrian and Dee, the Starband line-up
also had Steve's friends Ray Miller and Des McLea (AKA Des Lee),
both band-mates from the Miami.
There are some great photographs of Steve and Starband here
jazz-legend Jim Farley was a studio guest on a couple of
album tracks too. For him this was a break from being band
leader of The Jim Farley Big band, The Jim Farley
Showband and The Jim Farley All stars where he played with
2007 Ronan O'Callaghan is a lecturer in popular music at home in
Derry. He still finds time to play keyboards for his own entertainment.
He fondly remembers
Lundy who was the best man at his wedding. Sadly Tommy
passed away at the end of 2003.
McNally (son of actor Ray) had been previously been the
guitarist with Mushroom. Over the years he's been seen on
as a presenter on many an RTE TV programme including 'Anything
Goes' and he's dabbled in production too. In march 2006 Aonghus
shared the stage with Johnny Fean & Horslips on TG4's Irish
speaking programme Adran.
Crack's appearances on RTE TV included the performance of
instrumental piece 'Listen' and also 'When The Time Comes' on
the show 'Anything Goes', and also a 30 minute performance on
Campus Rock at the Top Hat Ballroom, Dun Laoghaire. (Incidentally
Johnny Fean with the Zen Alligators had also played the Top Hat
for the an earlier programme on the same show.)
Arthur Walters, who previously had been a booking agent for
Horslips, was in involved in the management of both The Crack
and The Zen Alligators.
sure to check out
of The Crack' on our discography page.
can read more about Steve's time with The Crack on our About the Band