EUGENE BROSNAN & THE INNOCENT BYSTANDERS
Eugene Brosnan & the Innocent Bystanders were formed in Clonakilty in 2015 after singer songwriter and guitarist, Eugene Brosnan moved back to West Cork following an 18 year absence from the place he had called home throughout the ‘90s.The group started out, mainly as a vehicle, to pay tribute to the late, great American songwriter and composer WARREN ZEVON, but in recent times the band has incorporated some of its own material into the set.
Martin and Eugene have shared a deep appreciation for the music of Zevon for many years and when they approached Stephen Housden to join, it seemed almost predestined and serendipitous when he informed the lads that he had actually played in Warren’s live band!!!
STEPHEN HOUSDEN (Guitar & Vocals) is regarded as one of the finest guitarists in the world. Well known as guitarist with Little River Band for more than two decades, he has also played and recorded with such music legends as Warren Zevon, Glenn Frey, Dr. John, Christopher Cross, John Entwistle , P.F Sloan, Albert Lee, Steve Cropper, Noel Redding and many others.
JOHN FITZGERALD (Guitar & Vocals) is a multi-instrumentalist, engineer and producer at Lettercolum Recording Studios, a studio that hosts the cream of Irish and world musicians. He has recently appeared with the legendary Gilbert O’ Sullivan, live at the BBC Proms. He also works with Valerie June, Roy Harper, Luka Bloom, Interference, Glen Hansard and George Ezra, to name but a few!
JERRY FEHILY (Drums) came to prominence as the drummer with Hothouse Flowers, touring the world with them and drumming on their Top 10 hits and a No.1 album. Apart from the Flowers, he has also played live or recorded with: Tim Finn, Michelle Shocked, Luka Bloom, Midnight Oil, Ronnie Wood, Joe Elliot, Sinead O’ Connor, Ray Lynam, Interference and Celine Carroll.
MARTIN KINGSTON (Bass & Vocals) ran the now legendary, Kilty Stone pub and live music venue in Clonakilty’s Pearse Street. In the 90s, it was home to many great music sessions and musicians, (Noel Redding, Eric Bell, Mitch Mitchell,The Blues Band, Bill Shanley, Nick Harper, Hothouse Flowers) which included the proprietor, as bass player for the house band and many of the guest artistes that appeared there during his tenure.
EUGENE BROSNAN (Guitar & Vocal) has performed over 2500 shows in Ireland, the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and the USA. He has released 3 albums, mainly of his own material, to critical acclaim and has appeared as a guest vocalist on various other productions. His guitar style features a number of different tunings and ranges from delicate finger picking techniques, to a full on, funky folk, almost punky, strum style.