Omagh 1979 - 1982
Michael Tracey Lead Guitar
Pierro McGartland Bass
Conor McGory Drums
Casper are known to have played concerts in the Baggot Inn, University College Dublin, Milestone Drogheda, they also did a eleven date tour of Ireland in 1982 as the headline act. Casper also had support slots with Horslips, The Moondogs, Toe Jam & Control Zone, their style of music is listed as Heavy Metal in the local press, they wrote their own material and had the ability too go far.
Considered to by many to be one of the most talented young groups to come Omagh in quite some time. After two and a half years of hard work, the boys feel confident that they have progressed musically and matured as a group to take another step forward in what must be the most difficult business to get a break. At the moment the band are putting together a demo tape of their own material. Ulster Herald August 1980
18/08/1979 Open Air Concert “Hands Off Our Hospital” Omagh Stone Canyon, Friends, The Melody Boys, Good Vibrations, Tickle, John Taggart, JT Set, Midnight Flyer
00/09/1979 Town Hall, Omagh RU12, Control Zone, Rock Tonic, Moondogs Arts Council concerts on Saturday afternoon for teenagers same day as popes visit
10/09/1979 Coach Inn, Omagh with Sean Hamilton, Flash, Tickle
21/10/1979 Sunday – Monday Club Royal Arms Hotel, Omagh Rock Tonic, this was the opening night for the club
25/07/1980 Marquee, Greencastle
31/07/1980 Royal Arms Hotel with Control Zone & Toe Jam
29/08/1980 The Punters Inn, Castlederg
06/10/1980 Coach Inn, Omagh with Liam Moore, Friends, Kane, Joe McDonald
25/10/1980 Manhattan Bar, Donegal voted best “Rock Band” of the 80’s
31/10/1980 Punters Inn, Castlederg with The Stiletos
Sometime in October/November support to Horselips in Coleraine.
01/11/1980 Halloween Ball, Royal Arms Hotel, Omagh with Peter Beckett Band
14/11/1980 Picador Inn, Gortin
08/02/1981 Fintra Holiday Centre, Killybegs
18/02/1981 St Mary’s Hall, Beragh Beragh Youth Club
27/02/1981 The Roundhouse, Enniskillen
21/04/1981 Downtown, Letterkenny
18/06/1981 Andy’s Rock Club, Longford
13/06/1981 Lifford/Clonleigh Festival Top Northern Rock band Casper, will be one of the top attractions in this years Lifford Festival. The band play the Inter County Hotel and are supported by two backed up groups. Casper have played Letterkenny on several occasions and went down well. Their appearance on the 13th June should not be missed. Donegal News
03/07/1981 The New Centre, Carrickmore
20/07/1981 Manhattan Lounge, Donegal
02/08/1981 “Fun Day” Strule Park Green, Brookmount with Control Zone
24/08/1981 Gallows Hill, Omagh Street Party with Control Zone, Omagh Swing Band, Brian Coll & the Buckaroos, John Taggart
27/08/1981 “Rock Against Unemployment” Courthouse Steps, Omagh with Bomber, Control Zone Excellerators
29/08/1981 Royal Arms Hotel, Omagh “Open Air Rock & Pop Festival” with Rock Stewart & the Plattermen, Pluto, Luv Bug, Casper, Eclispe, Nightmare Patrol, First Class Ticket, Elliot Ness, V.H.F.
29/08/1981 Royal Arms Hotel, Main Ballroom, Omagh Festival Ball with Elliot Ness, Eclipse, Nightmare Patrol
07/11/1981 Manhattan Lounge, Donegal
12/02/1982 Milestone, Drogheda
30/05/1982 Milestone, Drogheda
20/12/1982 Fintona Youth Club
10/04/1983 Milestone, Balbriggan
14/07/1983 Royal Arms, Omagh
where are they now
At this time I have no information on what the band members are doing now.
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