Cahir, County Tipperary
Fair Exchange were formed in Cahir, County Tipperary in 1979 and gave the next 4 years performing at venues the length and breadth of the country before taking a "short break" at the end of 1983. This "short break" was to last 23years until the beginning of 2006, when the band reformed to write a song to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster. The resultant song, "Hope" released as a Double A-sided CD single with an old band favourite "Beach party" spent 3 weeks in the IRMA Top 50 in May 2006 and in the process raised a significant amount of money for the Chernobyl Children's Project. The band continued to perform, mainly in the South East, over the next 3 years before Bass Guitarist Alan Harris and Guitarist, Deckie O Dwyer decided to call time on their musical careers.
Undaunted the 3 founding members,, Lead Vocalist Charlie O Neill, Guitarist Johnny Casey and Drummer Joe Shine, recruited fellow Tipperary man Tome Grace on Bass and in January 2012 the band returned to the gigging circuit. However, on this occasion, they also returned to the studio to record some new original material. The first of these "new songs" - "Bob Marley On My MP3" was released on CD and Download in June 2013 and received a huge amount of airplay on local radio stations all over the country. The song also won the band a slot, through a competition on Radio 1's John Murray Show, on The Metro Stage at The Castle Palooza Festival in Tullamore last August. Since then the band has gone from strength to strength and released a second single, the Hyberno/Reggae - "Beetle Camper Van" at the end of October 2013.
In January 2014, the band went back into the studio laying down tracks for their debut album. A new single - "Grafton Street" was released on March 14th. and a 4th single "Keep The Home Fires Burning" followed in November 2014
The style of music Fair Exchange play is mixed with, at times a strong Reggae and Ska influence coming through on their uptempo numbers. While the slower tracks would be at home on any Springsteen album.