Published on January 17th, 2017 | by sligoadmin


Roscommon Tribute Band On The Run Following Incident In County Sligo Pub

By Ben O’Rian

Chuck Murray’s pub in Gurteen was the scene of a melee last week, when a Co. Roscommon based tribute band played at the 18th Birthday party of a local girl. The eight piece band, which had been booked by the pub manager, ruffled a few feathers when they refused to take requests and play contemporary music, including recent hits by Taylor Swift, Avicii and Red Sheeran. They opted instead to grind out their own brand of Dire Straits and Chris Rea covers to an increasingly hostile crowd.

Drum Machine

‘Dire-Rea’ made up of veteran musicians have been playing the Roscommon pub circuit since the late 1970s, although it is widely believed that none of the original members, with the exception of the drum machine, are still in the band.


A 45 minute guitar solo during ‘Sultans of Swing’ brought things to a dramatic climax and the band were swiftly bottled off a makeshift stage. The distraught 18 year old and her bewildered parents were comforted in the back kitchen of Chuck Murray’s, while an angry mob chased the band out of town, towards Cloonloo on foot.


A spokesperson for Chuck Murray’s said that they accepted full responsibility for hiring Dire-Rea and assured the the public it would never happen again. “We have a good name to live up to here at Chuck Murray’s and we strive to supply the very best rock and roll music in the north-west,” the spokesman added. “We have had a few chancers here in the past but Dire-Rea have to be the worst. They were just shit.”

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