They’ve inspired U2 and shared the stage with Bob Marley after their humble beginning in a small bar in the Co Wicklow town of Bray, veteran Irish rockers Bagatelle are preparing to celebrate 40 years on the road
One of two existing original band members, bass guitarist Ken Doyle, has mixed emotions about ‘retirement’. While thoroughly enjoying playing live and the audiences “making the hairs stand on his head”, he admits that he is “just getting too road weary”. Bagatelle travelled far and wide, bringing their music to audiences in Europe, American, the Middle East and China, as well as in Ireland. Their hit Second Violin was such a success in Uruguay that it’s still played there today.
Over the years, the band has had various changes of members, but, currently it has four main performers – Ken, pianist and lead vocalist Liam Reilly, drummer Seanie Devitt and lead guitarist Kurt Schefter. ” The group, dominated by the superb piano playing and songwriting ability of front man Reilly. Who penned many of the top selling singles Summer In Dublin, Second Violin, Leeson Street Lady and the multi-platinum Streets of New York plus many many more come and see what has kept Bagatelle at the fore front of the Irish music industry for the last 40 years on
Ken Doyle remember John Woods the chairman of Polygram Records saying to him “there was four lovely young lads came in to my office from Dublin and they said to me if you give us a chance, we could be as big as Bagatelle”. That was U2,” laughs Ken,
The group, dominated by the superb piano playing and songwriting ability of front man Reilly. Who penned many of the top selling singles Summer In Dublin Second Violin, Leeson Street Lady the multi-platinum Streets of New York and many more come and see what has kept Bagatelle at the fore front of the Irish music industry for the last 40 years