You can’t run away from trouble, there ain’t no place that far.


Trouble Pilgrims

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Trouble Pilgrims are: Steve Rapid on voice and theremin, Pete Holidai on vocals and lead guitar, Tony St Ledger on rhythm guitar and vocals, Johnny Bonnie on drums and backing vocals Bren Lynott on bass and backing vocals

Trouble Pilgrims formed in 2013 with the intention of continuing the legacy of The Radiators from space while having a main focus on recording and performing brand new material. To date they have released two singles, The double A side debut of Animal Gang Blues c/w Who Do You Love? followed in 2015 by Instant Polaroid [The Man On The Bridge] On the live front the band have developed a reputation for delivering tight and exciting live shows. Some high profile special guest appearances [The Boomtown Rats, The Undertones] have cemented their reputation and broadened their appeal. The band were invited to play at the prestigious Kilkenny Roots Festival in 2015 and such was the response to three appearances over that weekend they have returned to the festival in 16 and 17 which were equally successful. The band recorded their debut album over the summer of 2017 and are delighted to announce Dark Shadows And Rust will be available Worldwide on Chiswick Records via Ace from 27th October 2017

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Band Film and Film scoundscapes created by Tony St Ledger, Sleeve design and Art Direction Steve Averill, Band Photography Gareth Averill, Dark Shadows and Rust script Kaethe Burt O’Dea

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“Dark Shadows and Rust, the brilliant new album from Trouble Pilgrims which I unhesitatingly commend to you and your collection if you’re a discerning fan of music”
Paul McLoone ‘on air’ Today FM 1/11/17

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Trouble Pilgrims at The Olympia Theatre as part of The Boomtown Rats 40th anniversary show.

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TV Tube Heart was recorded in Lombard Studios in July 1977 and released in Ireland on CBS and on Chiswick in the UK in October of that year. The album was produced by Roger Armstrong and garnered positive reviews on it’s release. “A collection of 13 Spirited rock ‘n’ roll performances” – Sounds. Each song comes across as a classic … the album as an album is stunning”  – Mark Perry. “A great debut  … stands head and shoulders above so much currently going down” – Hot Press.

An opinion not shared by the house engineer who walked out of the session declaring he wasn’t going to work on this “shit”. A move which promoted tape-op Johnny Byrne to that position. Some 38 years later the album got it’s first airing in its original running order in Toners in Baggot Street. A street where the band had often played in the Baggot Inn in those heady days of ’77.

Trouble Pilgrims New Single Instant Polaroid

Founding Radiators from Space members Pete Holidai and Steve Rapid still head the band now called Trouble Pilgrims (after their third album and in acknowledgement that the loss of founding member, co-writer and friend Philip Chevron made continuing under the original name an impossibility given Philip’s major contribution to the band). The duo were accompanied by long-time drummer Johnny Bonnie and recent recruits Tony St Ledger and the latest in a long line of bass players Bren Lynott. Bren was in the audience for that performance but joined the band shortly after. The response was overwhelmingly positive and the band played those songs with fire and passion.

However it had never been the policy of the band to look backwards and new material was constantly being written or sourced. The Trouble Pilgrims first release was a double A-sided 7″ single with a Pete Holidai original Animal Gang Blues sharing the spotlight with a explosive cover of the Bo Diddley classic Who Do You Love?. The band subsequently went into the studio to recording tracks for the debut Trouble Pilgrims album to be released in 2016.

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At the request of John Foley of MCD, Trouble Pilgrims were asked to again (for the what could well be last time) perform the TV Tube Heart album in it’s entirety while supporting the Boomtown Rats in the prestigious Olympia Theatre in Dublin (a venue that had previously played for the #chevronlives – Philip Chevron Testimonial). The Rats were doing the 40th anniversary. Pete Holidai and Steve Rapid were also sharing a 40th anniversary of working together as Greta Garbage and the Trash Cans back in 1975.

Being the punks that they are the decided to following their instincts and ditch the final album track Party Line in favor of a brand new song written collaboration by Steve Rapid and Tony St Ledger. Instant Polaroid (The Man On The Bridge). A recording that had been released via iTunes just four weeks before with a superb media response and air play from Paul McLoon, Pat James and Dave Fanning. The reaction confirmed that they were “the best new old band in Ireland” as one fan had posted. It was an exciting evening for the band who delivered the set with energy and conviction following a introduction from their friend and supporter Mr. BP Fallon. A good time was had by all with a lot more to come in the coming year. You can’t run from trouble there ain’t no place that far.

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Gerry “BITZY” Fitzgerald gets the final word.

Ok, so no one has bothered to write a review of The Trouble Pilgrims gig last Sunday….I ain’t seen any “journos” penning a review…so here goes…
The Rads/Pilgrims took to the stage shortly after 8pm to great anticipation…master of ceremonies BP Fallon eloquently introduced them…”I believe in trouble pilgrims”…
Q Phillip Chevrons ear splitting feedback intro into TV Screen and we were off…Hardly time to take a breath before Prison Bars and Great Expectations were scorched out in quick succession…Remember this was the last time this seminal Irish Debut was to be heard in its entirety…There was hardly any time for between song banter as the songs punctuated the Olympia like a machine gun…the crowd loved it…lapped it up…old men threw down their walking sticks and pogoed for all it was worth…the playing was superb….tight as a camels arse in a sandstorm…The band looked great….Steve rapid resplendent in a white 10 gallon hat accompanied by Pete Holidai in rock n roll jacket and specs…Enemies was the highlight along with Sunday World….Blitzin at the Ritz a cracker…Phillip must have been looking down on them…The Olympia being the last stage he was on…out with the old in with the new in the shape of Instant Polaroid….a classic stomping new record by the pilgrims…then they were gone…14 songs in under 40 minutes….as Steve Rapid closed with “we’re still alive” …and then some…if ya missed it…Tough!!

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The Trouble Pilgrims – Pilgrimage

When you walk into one of the most iconic theatres in the world and you somehow feel at home, this is the feeling that I certainly got on arriving and preparing for my two nights playing guitar in a supporting role with the guys from The Radiators from Space ( minus Philip Chevron ), as The Trouble Pilgrims with Horslips on their Drive the Cold Winter Away shows at The Olympia Theatre Dublin.

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Being back with the Spirits of the Rock’n’roll family and performing again on stage after 30 years only yards from my family’s first home on Essex Street and Flannery’s Bar in Dublin’s Temple Bar where my Da sang, drank and played on their darts team through the early 60’s, was a dream fulfilled.

From the get go the staff and all the Horslips crew at the Olympia were helpful and warm. Horslips as a band are true gentlemen and everything I believed about them turns out to be true, they are built well from the ground up as individual artists collectively coming together in the true Spirit of Celtic kindness.

Meeting with Barry Devlin again of whom I had worked with over 30 years ago in the advertising world, we also shared the same advertising agency start at Arks Advertising, where Barry, Eamon Carr, Charles O’Connor and Gerry Maher had met each other. I had the pleasure of the time to chat with Eamon Carr on the second night as we reminisced and shared our intertwined past.

Paul Callaghan Photography-Hoslips at The Olympia

Paul Callaghan Photography-Hoslips at The Olympia

Horslips set brought back many memories for me and congratulations to all the guys on delivering that unique and special sound that resonated right through their loyal and trusted fans on both nights.

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The Trouble Pilgrims as a band have that breath-of-fresh-air about them in today’s bonkers music market, they kick true Rock’n’roll and great songwriting back onto centre stage with beautifully crafted songs such as 6:10 Special, Second Avenue, Million Dollar Heroes, Johnny Jukebox, Sunday World, Enemies, Television Screen and the lyrically amazing Kitty Ricketts, which was preformed with The Pilgrims by the superb Aphra O’Connor.The two nights for me working with The Trouble Pilgrims and Horslips are two nights I will cherish forever. The kindness and goodwill extended to me by them and their families and the tremendous support of good wishes from my family and friends I will never forget.

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I have been to the Olympia a million times as a punter and witnessed some of the most memorable performances of my life there. I have always got a that warmest of smile and a wink from Maureen in Maureen’s Bar, but this time it’s different, she knows I am playing tonight and yes, I finally have that must have photo with her and a hug – Thanks Maureen as always for your loveliest of welcomes.

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All that remains for me to say is a special thank you to Steve Rapid, Pete Holidai, Johnny Bonnie and Paddy Goodwin for sharing their experience together with me, and not forgetting the kindest regards to Philip Chevron whom everyone’s thoughts of good health, well being and happiness are extended to for the future.

The Trouble Pilgrims and Horslips The Olympia
Pete opened first night with “We are The Trouble Pilgrims and Yes, that’s Trouble with a Capital T” – we kicked the set out and it was over within what seemed like the blink of an eye, until I then found myself sharing the stage in a collective Christmas encore with The Pilgrims and Horslips with, Jim Lockhart, Barry Devlin, Johnny Fean, Charles O’Connor, Ray Fean, Pete Holidai, Johnny Bonnie, Steve Rapid, Paddy Goodwin and Aphra O’Connor giving it large with the Johnny Kidd & The Pirates song “Shakin’ All Over” – outstanding.
Thanks to all who made it possible.
And Da – this ones for you.
Thanks to everyone who sent the photographs.
Pete Holidai backstage at The Trouble Pilgrims -The Olympia Theatre- Dublin 2012-Photo Tony St Ledger

Pete Holidai backstage at The Trouble Pilgrims -The Olympia Theatre- Dublin

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Backstage – The Trouble Pilgrims – Steve Rapid and Johnny Bonnie

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