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Belfast band featured Bap Kennedy who went on to record as a solo artist

About Energy Orchard


Energy Orchard were a guitar-based rock band of the late 1980s and early 1990s, from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Fronted by Bap Kennedy (brother of singer-songwriter Brian Kennedy), their style drew heavily on the influence of Van Morrison and other rhythm and blues acts, but incorporated traditional elements of Irish folk music.[1] The band emerged from the remnants of two other Belfast-based punk/new wave bands, The Bank Robbers and 10 Past 7.


Following the band's early concerts at the New Pegasus they were signed to MCA on the recommendation of Steve Earle.[2]

The band consisted of:

Whilst the majority of the songs were written by Kennedy, it was Fox that wrote their biggest hit, "Belfast". But following personal problems Fox left to be replaced for a short time initially by Michael Kelpie and then Steve Lawrence. Following another re-jig McQuade switched to bass, in what would become the final line up until the band parted in 1997.

Their debut single, "Belfast" was their most successful song, and reached 52 in the UK Singles Chart, and featured on EastEnders. The 1990 follow-up was "Sailortown". The first album, Energy Orchard, was released to some critical appreciation. Subsequent albums included the 1992 release Stop the Machine, 1993's Shinola (released on Essential Records), Pain Killer (1995) and the 1996 live album, Orchardville.

Despite extensive touring, the breakthrough to mainstream success eluded them. The band having completed their recording contract with Castle Communications in 1996 disbanded. The split up saw Kennedy go on to launch a successful solo career (his first album saw a renewed partnership with Steve Earle), whilst McQuade and Breslin relocated to Jacksonville, Florida. Whilst there they played together in local band Celtic Soul, prior to McQuade launching his own group Spade McQuade and the Allstars.

Both Paul and David Toner left the music industry with Paul reading Law at Queens University, Belfast; and David for a time moving to Sweden to teach English.

With Stan Lynch from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Jim DeVito, Breslin formed Buffalo Diamond and recorded The Things You Do, released in November 2005. He has since worked with other musicians on a multitude of session recordings.[citation needed]

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Alan wrote on 2008-01-25 00:00:00:
buy this album - you won't regret it. - Inspirational !!!
Sean Hennessy wrote on 2007-11-15 00:00:00:
I did a lot of early pics of Joby when he was with The Bankrobbers anyone know whats become of him? see some of my pics here(you need to add the "w" s)
Olivia wrote on 2006-06-29 00:00:00:
It is awful
this me wrote on 2005-08-26 00:00:00:
Buffalodiamond is an off shoot of energy orchard. Kevin Breslin of Energy orchard and stan lynch of tom petty and the heartbreakers went into a studio in fl and recorded "The things you do" 2005
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