The STUNNING Back in the studio!..New songs!..USA!..Vikings!..Moone Boy!

It’s hard to believe, but 28 years ago in 1987, The Stunning were born. During the early nineties the biggest Irish band in the world was U2, but in Ireland it was The Stunning. In the seven years that The Stunning were initially together, they toured relentlessly building up a following that would make them one of the most successful Irish bands ever. In 1990 their debut album ‘Paradise In The Picturehouse’ spent five weeks at number one and became one of the most-loved Irish albums of all time. Two years later, the follow up ‘Once Around The World’ also hit the No. 1 spot, and the band went on to sell over 100,000 albums in Ireland alone. During their time, the band enjoyed numerous Top 20 singles and scooped every music prize and award going. Irish radio & TV championed the band and they were rarely off the airwaves. The band frequently toured in the US and the UK and also supported the likes of Bob Dylan, The B52’s and the Waterboys.

TheStunning_by-Graham-SmithThe Stunning broke up in 1994, but despite the passing of time, their popularity has never waned. Songs such as Half Past Two, Romeo’s on Fire, and Everything that Rises are still to be heard on the radio and have been featured in movies and numerous compilation abums of the best of Irish rock. Brewing Up A Storm has become an anthem of sorts and is to be heard everywhere from football stadiums to clubs around the country where it is still a guaranteed floor-filler. Ireland’s current President Michael D. Higgins is a huge fan and even guested on the band’s ‘Tightrope’ album and The Stunning supported him throughout his 2011 presidential campaign.

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In the years that followed Steve & Joe formed The Walls, Derek joined The Sawdoctors, Jim joined Riverdance and Cormac played drums with everyone! In 2003 the band reunited for the first time to promote the re-release of “Paradise in the Picturehouse” on The Walls Dirtbird Records label. The album sold out in the first three days, reaching No. 2 and the tour that followed was one of the biggest in the country that year.

Their live shows, featuring all the hits, continue to be very much in demand and the band get together every year to do some gigs and festivals. Last year brought them to New York and Bostontheir first US shows since 1993.

The band have also been back in the studio….also for the first time since 1993! The new material is due for release later in 2015.

There have also been extra-curricular activities going on in The Stunning camp. Steve has become a much in-demand actor and features in all three series of the Emmy Award-winning series “Moone Boy” for Sky Television. He also plays the scheming Einar in “Vikings” and this year he starred as a detective in the BBC’s acclaimed series “Silent Witness”. Joe is now involved with BIMM Music College in Dublin, sharing his experience in songwriting, music production and performance with the students. Guitarist Derek Murray works with comedian Tommy Tiernan and teaches recording in the west of Ireland. Cormac Dunne is a renowned and in-demand session drummer, while multi-instrumentalist Jim Higgins is one of the top bodhran players in the country and curently plays with Christy Moore.

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Paradise in the Picturehouse and Tightrope have been re-issued on Dirtbird Records and are available in record shops, from and from iTunes


Posted by Darius Ivan

Journalist, Photographer and Designer VR360 content creator

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