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In Tua Nua
It was 30 years ago this year that 'In Tua Nua' supported
U2 on the European leg of The Joshua Tree Tour. The
band toured extensively throughout Europe and the US
during the 1980's promoting their albums "Vaudeville"
and "The Long Acre". During the 80s In Tua
Nua had 9 top 20 singles here in Ireland.
One of Ireland's premier live acts, they shared stages
with Bob Dylan (Slane), Fleetwood Mac, and Eurythmics
to name but a few while also opening on stadium tours
for Simple Minds and of course U2. In Tua Nua reformed
for some gigs in 2004 and then again in 2012 when they
played The Electric Picnic.
What have they been up to?
Lead singer 'Leslie Dowdall' released two solo albums
and had a smash hit with her song 'Wonderful Thing'.
Leslie tours Ireland constantly with wing man Mike Hanrahan
and plays regularly in Spain also.
Singer/drummer 'Paul Byrne' who wrote the majority of
ITN songs released his critically acclaimed solo album
'Cruel & Tender Ways' in 2014. Also is a member
of The Drays and The Guilty Party.
Bassist 'Jack Dublin' formed the studio project Audiokiss.
Their album was successful in Italy while recent single
'I Don't Wanna Say' featuring Megan Burke charted in
the US digital charts.
Paul and Jack first played together in Deaf Actor in
1980 before forming In Tua Nua in 1983. They have since
been banging out beats for Rocky de Valera and The Gravediggers,
The Guilty Party and Shane McGowan and The Shane Gang
making them one of Ireland's longest running rhythm
The new line up includes Rosie MacKenzie, a talented
young fiddle player from Canada based in Dingle, Sarge
O'Hara ex The Mod Ls on Keys, Dave McGinley ex Eugene/Precious
Stones on Guitar and Eoin Dillon ex Kila on Uilleann
In 2012 Leslie, Paul and Jack went into the studio and
re-recorded a version of 'All I Wanted'. Their most
successful single from the 80s, it had reached number
69 in the UK charts and became a college radio hit across
the US. Other notable singles were 'Seven Into The Sea',
'Heaven Can Wait', 'Somebody To Love', 'Coming Thru'
and 'Don't Fear Me Now'. Also, in 2012 Virgin/EMI released
the albums 'Vaudaville' and 'The Long Acre' on iTunes