Throw on those stonewashed jeans, dust off those Docs and pull on your favorite red and black striped shirt as ‘Double Trouble’ returns to the local music scene after 25 long years … and you’re invited to the raging party of rock, rhythm, and radioactive nostalgia!
Comprised of local musicians Micky T and Piwi McGartland, the two pub favorites kick off their rich revival at the new Broderick’s Bar in Omagh next Friday (October 29), and the historic night, at the dawn of Halloween, promises to be spellbinding. old and new fans alike.
Once one of the largest and most active groups in the neighborhood, the duo broke up in 1996, each pursuing alternative projects. And while musical paths crossed frequently in the years that followed, the couple never performed as a duo again … until the Covid-19 lockdown, which forced them – albeit on purpose – to return to the musical orbit of the other.
Therefore, the reincarnation of Double Trouble is truly historic. And with the group’s new fate eagerly awaiting Tyrone’s horizons, Piwi said they can’t wait to let the good times roll!
“I always knew that one day we will get back together,” he said. “We are definitely ready to hit the road. We broke up in 1996, and 25 years later we reunited during lockdown – or should I say ‘tilting‘! – and we feel ready to go back. We just want to go out and rock and make new memories. “
THE BEST PUB STAGE ROCKERS
Growing up in Culmore Park, Omagh, Piwi and Micky have been close friends since childhood. They had been playing together since the age of 17, when they formed their first band, Casper, and later became staple members of pop group Noelle and Graffiti.
But it was in 1990 that Double Trouble burst onto the local music scene – and with a bang.
“We were looking in pubs at the time and it was booming,” Piwi recalls. “We were going to see different acts like McElroy’s and the Hogshead, and we were like, ‘We have to do this. It’s time to step into the pub scene. ‘
So, the pair donned a set of songs with country numbers from Hal Ketchum and Vince Gill, coupled with rock classics from Tom Petty and John Cougar Mellencamp and reggae tunes also mixed into the eclectic mix.
“Back then, the technology was very primitive: we only used one drum machine, two guitars and two voices, and everything was pretty bare and raw,” he added. “We’ve always classified ourselves as an ‘album band’.
“We never played the norm – the kind of songs that a lot of people asked for – we always wanted to do something different.”
With Double Trouble now their main source of income and having a reputation for being one of the best bands in the pub scene, the duo have performed all over the North and crossed the border to fill wedding reservations.
“We were working Thursday through Sunday every week and playing the full length of Ireland,” Piwi said. “In the early 90s the pub scene was the place to be. In one of our busiest years we were away 330 days and the demand was huge. Our audience was huge.
But with a supermassive following, high expectations and even greater pressure. Eventually, the duo’s energy ran out – and like stars, they passed out after their breakup in 1996.
“We were just exhausted and needed a break,” Piwi recalls. “I went to Australia.
“NOW WE ARE BACK”
In the years since Double Trouble, Micky and Piwi appeared in many other musical groups. In addition to performing in pub bands, Jukebox Junkies and Midnight Cowboys, in the mid-2000s Micky also headlined the mighty Boneshaker with Tommy Muldoon, Stevie Chesters, Raymie Devlin, Liam McGinty and Piwi.
Meanwhile, Piwi joined Larry Lowe in Urgent and also teamed up with his brother Dino and Emma Millar in Stagefright. He also played bass on Dino’s album Hometown Blues. And for the last several years, Piwi has also been involved in Otha Mothas’ Brothas, in the impossible title, with Larry Lowe, James Mulligan and Dean McCombe.
Micky and Piwi reunited around 2008, alongside Jerome McGlynn (guitar) and the late Tony Phillips (drums) who performed an R’n’B set of Tom Petty, John Hiatt and Little Feat.
At the end of 2019, Micky and Piwi were playing with Justin McGurk and the Boogie Men Alliance – Micky had been there for six years and Piwi had entered four and had just handed in his notice.
But when Covid struck and the entertainment fell apart, Piwi suggested reforming Double Trouble and Micky jumped at the chance.
“Now we’re back – and we’re ready to let the good times roll! Piwi concluded.
I Double Trouble will make its rich rebirth at Broderick’s Bar, Omagh next Friday (October 29). Don’t miss it!
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Posted: 8:48 AM Oct 22, 2021