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January 28, 2021 / rockroots

Sleepy Hollow

It’s hard to get a handle on the legend of Sleepy Hollow, save to say that they were from Cork and that guitarist Bill O’Brien seems to have been the mainstay of the changing line-up. They supported Rory Gallagher on tour, but mostly they built up their blues-rock fan-base in their home city across the 1970s. The band released just one single – on their own label, by the looks of it. ‘Come On Joe’ was written by bass player Johnny Rice and supposedly aimed at their roadie Joe O’Herlihy. Through the medium of hard rock, Joe is urged to help the band get on their way to their next gig. ‘B’ side ‘Sad Affair’ came from O’Brien; a boogie rock number that would have fit in with the pub rock of the day. It’s a snapshot of their live shows and a hint at what a full album might have had in store.

After the band ground to a halt, both Bill and Johnny ended up in Hot Guitars – another mainstay of the Cork scene, led by singer Joe O’Callaghan. Sleepy Hollow reformed in 2019 – initially for a tribute gig after the death of Johnny Rice, but subsequently as a going concern. Now with Joe O’Callaghan and Johnny Campbell, the band played a string of dates before the music industry was put on ice. Below is their performance at the festival dedicated to their old friend Rory Gallagher.

Sleepy Hollow – Come On Joe (192kbps):

  • Come On Joe
  • Sad Affair

See Also:

Irish Rock Discography: Sleepy Hollow

Irish Showband & Beat Group Archive: Sleepy Hollow

Facebook: Sleepy Hollow

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