- 27 Oct 17
You may not have heard of a band called Strength, from Derry. But you will. They have just made a thoroughly remarkable album that covers League of Ireland football and the ethnic cleansing of aboriginals with equal flair.
Finn Harps and Athlone Town rarely get a look-in in rock and roll, but Strength NIA have put that to rights.
‘Brendan Bradley’ from new Strength album Northern Ireland Yes is, far as we know, the first song ever written about the Creggan man who holds the all-time goal-scoring record in League of Ireland football. Bulged the onion bag 248 times in 425 games. A big, boney, bustling number nine, with twinkle-toe capacity when called upon, he was the terror of Turner’s Cross, Tolka Park, Dalymount, from 1969 to 1986.
Rory Moore’s apt and overdue track isn’t your standard-issue tribute, more a reflection on the unmarked majesty of a towering hero that football people in these here parts are half-pleased not to have to share, and done with a sense of yearning withal.