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The Norwegians / Bio

After a few line up changes The Norwegians arrived at their best known lline up of Gary Hood(vocals, acoustic guitar), Richard McDowell(guitars), Daryl Ball(bass), Aaron Blair(guitars) and Paul 'Huggy' Bennett(Drums).

For a period of time they were also joined by Alan Currie(The Bedhangers).
Between 1989 - 1994 The Norwegians built a solid reputation as one of the most exciting and lively bands on the provincial circuit as well as releasing several radio friendly and well received studio recordings.
The Norwegians did most of their recording at the renowned Homestead studios in Randalstown and Windmill Lane in Dublin.
Many of their recordings received good airplay on local and UK stations. The Norwegians also had the opportunity to work with some well known names including Mike Peters (The Alarm), Henry Cluney (Stiff Little Fingers), The Buzzcocks, Dave Finnegan (The Commitments) and UK rockers The Almighty.
As their popularity grew they were asked to play the support slot to ELO at Ballymena Showgrounds before the show was infamously cancelled by local councellors incredulously citing concern for the towns youth!!
In Sept 1994 the band played a self funded and promoted by highly successful 12 date, 25 day tour of the U.S. taking in 10 different states.
Drummer Paul opted to remain behind in the U.S. at the end of the tour and by early 2004 the band chose to call it a day.
After parting company. Singer Gary Hood fronted another local band Faith In Rachael, Richard swapped his guitar for a fishing rod, Paul found happiness living in the U.S. and after a couple of years apart Daryl and Aaron came together to form Stripped.

General Info

Band Members
Gary Hood, Richard McDowell, Daryl Ball, Aaron Blair, Paul Bennett.
Artist Name
The Norwegians
Profile Page
Active Since
Rock / pop / punk

Contact Info

Ballymena, ANT, UK

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