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90s pop/rock band formed in Kilkenny in the late 1980s

About Engine Alley

Engine Alley formed in Kilkenny in the late 1980s when the Kenealy brothers (Canice and Brian) teamed up with Eamonn Byrne and moved to Dublin to take over the world. They then joined forces with Ken Rice and Emmaline Duffy-Fallon, and quickly built up an impressive reputation for their superb live performances. In 1991, they were signed by U2’s own label, Mother Records, and soon after that, they released their fantastic debut album, A Sonic Holiday, produced by Steve Lillywhite. This album contained such hits as ‘Infamy’, ‘Mrs. Winder’ and ‘Song for Someone’, and it won the Hot Press award for Best Irish Album in 1992. The band then toured the UK and the US. In 1995, Engine Alley released their second album, entitled Shot in the Light. It had a much darker sound than their glam-pop debut album, and although it didn’t register the same number of hit singles, it was praised by music critics in Ireland and abroad. Engine Alley broke up in 1996.


Vocals and guitar - Canice Kenealy
Guitar – Brian ‘The Lion’ Kenealy
Bass – Eamonn Byrne
Drums – Paul O’Byrne


corkboy wrote on 2011-09-10 00:00:00:
engine alley were from kilkenny
joncal wrote on 2006-10-31 00:00:00:
sonic holiday is 1 of my fav albums ever
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