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BIOGRAPHY

 The Cranberries formed in May of 1990. Dolores had been singing since she was about three years old, playing piano and writing songs since her early teens. She was looking for a band to play with. Noel, Mike and I (Fergal) had been playing our respective instruments for about two years and had played in a band called "The Cranberry Saw Us" for six or seven months.
The singer in "The Cranberry Saw Us" (Niall) decided he was going to leave to concentrate on another band he was in, but he said that there was a friend of his girlfriend's who was a singer, and she was looking for a band. Enter Dolores!


We think that this is the first ever picture taken of us, as a band!

Noel had been writing pieces of music, and he would bring them to rehearsals where Mike and I would add our respective parts, but after a while it got a bit monotonous, as there were no lyrics or vocals.
So, on that night in May, we were in our rehearsal room and in walked Dolores with her keyboard under her arm. We said our "hellos" and it was all very embarrassing, especially for her, because there were five or six of our friends there! Nevertheless she set up her keyboard and began to play and sing a few songs. Needless to say everyone was stunned. Then we played some of the pieces that Noel had written and Dolores seemed to like them. We gave her a tape and arranged to meet for a rehearsal the following week.
The next week came around, as they tend to do, and there we were, all four of us in the room alone. Dolores said she had really liked the tape and we decided to run through some of the songs. We played the music for Linger and she began to sing (BINGO!!). That was it, a match made in heaven!
We rehearsed for the next three or four weeks and decided it was time to record some demo's to see what the songs would sound like recorded properly. We were delighted with the results and we managed to get some gigs opening up for some local bands.
Shortly afterwards, Sett, a friend of ours who worked in a local recording studio, advised us to send the tape to some record companies to try to get a recording contract. For the next few months we gigged continuously in Ireland and the U.K., and various record company people came to see us.
We recorded an EP called "Uncertain" and a few months later we recorded our first Album, "Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can't We".
The rest as they say is history!

-FERGAL-
16th December 1997


The Cranberries are:

Dolores Mary O'Riordan Burton

(Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards)
born 06 September 1971, Limerick, Ireland.

Noel Anthony Hogan
(Electric & Acoustic Guitars)
born 25 December 1971, Limerick, Ireland.

Michael Gerard Hogan
(Bass Guitar)
born 29 April 1973, Limerick, Ireland.

Fergal Patrick Lawler
(Drums and Percussion)
born 04 March 1971, Limerick, Ireland.
A Subnote:
Welcome to our own "official" web site! To be honest, none of us (the band) are into computers very much, as we have always had a bit of "technophobia", but I learned of the Internet recently(!) through some friends who are online(?), and they gave me a guided tour. I explained a bit about it to Dolores, Noel and Mike, and we decided to set up a page of our own, and I've gotten lumped with the job of being spokesperson! (for now anyway).So, all I ask, is that you bear with us, we are new to this game; but we will try to make it as interesting as possible , and to update you with new information as soon as we get it.
-Fergal


January 29th 1998
Alright then, where to start!?! The last you would have heard was that we had cut our tour short in September 1996 as a result of Dolores' dodgy knee acting up again. It was a pity we had to finish early but I think under it all we were glad to get a chance to rest. We had been going flat out for nearly five years and everyone was feeling well worn out!! We decided to take a six month vacation to give us a chance to get our personal lives back in order and generally chill out.

In December '96 , Dolores recorded a song for the movie "The Devil's Own", and in February '97 Noel and herself recorded "Go Your Own Way" for a Fleetwood Mac tribute album. I got married on April 16th (best day of my life), and two weeks later we all went to Dolores' house in Dingle to begin rehearsing some new stuff.

We continued rehearsing for the next few months and in October '97 we went to Metalworks Studios in Toronto,to record some demos, with Dolores in a fully pregnant state!!. We spent two and a half weeks there and we recorded five new songs which we were really happy with. It's hard to explain what they sound like but some of our friends say the songs remind them of the first album, but you will just have to wait and see....

In November '97, Dolores had a 7lb 6oz bouncing baby boy , she named Taylor. Yahoo! Crack open the champagne!

We are currently in Toronto doing some more recording and then in May we are going to the south of France to record album no.4.

Mike is getting married to his girlfriend of eight years on July 6th, more to follow on that shortly.

Well that's about it for now, tune in soon for more "Latest News" straight from the horses mouth!!!

SLAN!

Fergal.


March 12 1998
Ok we're home, all went well in Toronto, we did a weeks rehearsal and then we demo'd eight new songs over the next nine days. They are sounding pretty good, but they are still quite rough.Unfortunately I can't give you the names of any songs yet, as they are still at quite an early stage and with new songs emerging all the time, we're not quite sure which ones will make the album.So, please be patient!

We are now rehearsing in Limerick, and we are constantly writing new songs. We go to France on the 3rd of May for 2 months to record our new album. We have no immediate plans to tour, but we have been talking about maybe doing a few one off shows here and there, because we are "mad" to play live.(that's the Limerick way of saying we are really looking forward to it!)

We are just recovering from Dolores' son, Taylors' Christening, which was last Saturday the 7th of March. It was a great day and Noel and his wife stood as godparents. (Dolores has promised to show you a picture of Taylor very soon , right here on this site!)

Also coming soon will be a full listing of previous tours , where we will try as best as possible to list them all. Also a section where we answer some of your most frequent questions.

We would like to thank you all for your great response to this site, and thank you for your encouragement; we are now becoming more "technically aware" of how this web stuff works.

Slan!

Fergal



March 16th 1998
News just in! We have been offered to do a song for the upcoming "X-Files" movie, and we are going to Dublin to record it next week! We haven't decided which song is going to be used as it isn't finished yet.

On behalf of Dolores, Noel, Mike and myself we wish you a happy St. Patrick's Day! Be seen in green!

Bye

Fergal.



April 1st 1998
We finished recording the song for the upcoming "X-Files" movie; and it is called "What's On My Mind" (written by Dolores). We co-produced it at Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin with Ben Fenner. He will be co-producing the new album with us in France this summer. Amongst the artist that Ben has previously worked with are: The Kinks, James ....and various others.
We are back home in Limerick (again), rehearsing and putting more new songs together.

That's all for now!

Slan,

Fergal.



April 27th 1998
This past weekend featured Mike's "Stag Party", which traditionally is what we do in Ireland before one gets married. It's a boys only affair, and basically the one getting married (Mike) and his buddies leave town for a couple of days and just party! And party we did, it was a thoroughly enjoyable weekend, and much of that famous black Irish beer was consumed! All the involved are reportedly recovering well today.........

Thanks very much for all the email you are sending us! Your encouragement has been overwhelming! Thanks a lot! Please understand that it is really difficult for me or any of the other band members to reply to you in person,..we would have to leave the band and answer mail full time! Well, it's not that bad, but you know what I mean! We do read them all, and you'll probably find the most frequently asked questions answered in the FAQ section.

The promised photo of Dolores' son is still on the way! It shouldn't be much longer!

I suppose there won't be much more news for a while, we will be in France for about two months. We can't wait to get recording, everyone's really excited!

So, until then, it's bye for now!

Slan!

Fergal.




May 11th 1998
Since May 3rd we are all here in France working away on the new album. It is very beautiful here, I must say. Things are moving along nicely.We are expecting to release it around September, and of course as soon as we know something more exact, you will find out here.

We recieved a lot of mail (thanks!) enquiring whether or not the song that we recorded for the "X-Files" movie, was still going to be used. Unfortunately, that didn't work out, and the song will not be part of the soundtrack. Sorry to all of you that were looking forward to hearing it. Hopefully the release of the new album will compensate. It won't be too long now.

That's all for the moment. Thanks for your continuing support!

Bye for now! Au revoir!

Fergal




Jun 2nd 1998
Still here in France,and all is going well. We have recorded about ten songs, and are very happy with the results so far. We plan to stay here until the end of this month, then we will have a short break , after which we will continue work on the new album, in London. In all, we plan to fully record a total of 20 songs.

The short break I mentioned above, will feature Mike's wedding, which happens on July 6th.

On the subject of the promised picture of Dolores' baby Taylor; she prefers not to put a picture online. Please don't be too disappointed, I think it is understandable. We will have some new band pictures for you soon (from France), so as soon as they are done, I'll get them over to Ireland and they will go online.

Well, that's about all the news for now. Thanks AGAIN for all the (e)mail, your continuing support is a great inspiration to us all!

Bye for now,

Fergal.




Jun 22nd 1998
Hello again, and this time greetings from London.We moved from the Studio in France (namely "Mireval") to a studio here in England. We felt that we needed a change from the beautiful tranquility of the French countryside. The vibrant city life will contribute to the final recordings for the forthcoming album. We have recorded twenty (mostly complete) tracks, not all of which will be used on the album, and those which don't get on the album will be used as B-sides for singles. We expect to finish recording in two to three weeks, and then start with the mixing.

A bit of trivia for you.........the compilation album of singles that was due to be released in Japan, (but didn't happen) would have been called "Seven Years".

Thats about it for now,....got to get back to recording!!!

Slan!

Fergal.


July 15th 1998

Hello again. Just briefly, wanted to let you know that Mike has agreed to show you one of his wedding pictures, so click here to see it!

We are still in London recording for the new album, and thereafter we will be mixing all the tracks. No definate date for when that will all be done. We will let you know as soon as we know!

Bye for now!

Fergal.




September 27th 1998

IT'S FINISHED!

I'm delighted to tell you that the new album is finished. The final mixing work has been completed by Mike Plotnikoff (who engineered and mixed our last Album, "To The Faithful Departed"), and is planned for release in February 1999. A single in January will precede the release of the album.

The album is as yet untitled, and the first single has yet to be selected. As soon as we know the titles, we will tell you right here!

Right now we are home in Limerick rehearsing for future live performances. On December 15th this year, we will be performing 3 songs live at the Nobel Peace Prize awards, in Oslo, Norway. I believe that this award ceremony will be televised live all over much of the planet.

Dolores and I are going to Milan in Italy in mid November this year, to present an award at the MTV Europe music awards.

Well, that's about all the news for now! Tune in soon for more details! Noel is still trying to decide what he wants to give away in the competition he was talking about. (He was saying something about a pair of Doc Martens that are pictured on the back of our first album, but he couldn't be serious, could he?)

-Fergal




October 19th 1998

A small correction! The below mentioned Nobel Peace Prize event happens in Oslo on December 11th this year, and not December the 15th.

Apologies for this mistake! I'll have more latest news very soon!

Slan!

-Fergal




December 9th 1998

Hello again!

Yes, I know it has been a long time since the last update, but it is difficult to give news, when things change so quickly! So anyway, we are off to Oslo tonight, to prepare for the upcoming Nobel Peace Prize Awards, which take place on Friday evening, the 11th of December. We are scheduled to perform 3 songs, two of which you already know, namely "Dreams" and "Linger". The third number will be a song called "Promises" which will be the first single from our forthcoming album, which incidentally, is still untitled! You heard it first, right here on www.cranberries.ie!

After Oslo, we are off to Paris to shoot the video for "Promises", which will be directed by a gentleman by the name of Olivier D'Ahan , the same who directed the video for "Salvation".

Release dates for the single(s) and the album are still not known exactly. It looks like the album will not be released until March 1999. One of the main reasons for the delay is the recent acquisition of Polygram Records by Universal.

Christmas is very close, and I'd like to take this opportunity , on behalf of the whole band, to wish you a very Merry Christmas! I'll write again as soon as possible! Oh, by the way, you can expect some major changes to this web site as soon as it gets close to the release of the new material!

You will just have to wait and see!
Slan!


-Fergal




January 5th 1999

Hi, how's it going? I hope you had a nice Christmas and New Year. I'm still stuffed from eating far too much turkey, ham, chocolate, sweets etc. (If I don't get back to the gym soon, I won't be able to fit behind my drumkit!)

I hope you all enjoyed the performance at the Nobel peace prize concert in Oslo. It was our first time on stage in over two years, so we felt a little strange at rehearsals the day before, but by the time we got to perform we were really excited. We played a new song called "Promises" from the forthcoming album, titled "Bury The Hatchet". (Release date still not known!). (There, now you know the new album title!)

It was a great buzz playing again, and it encouraged us all for the upcoming tour. I don't have the exact dates yet, but we are definitely going "World-wide"!!! We begin rehearsing on the 15th of January and we will be flying around to various countries doing Radio and TV interviews and performances. We are hoping to start touring in late March or early April. It's going to be a very busy year for us but we are really looking forward to it. I will hopefully be able to update more often as there will be loads more happening.

Oh, before I forget! The "Pictures" section is repaired and will be back soon, and then shortly followed by some new ones. So, it's bye for now!

Slan!
-Fergal




January 12th 1999

Hello again! Some news fresh in:

February 15th: The video for the song "Promises" will be spread to broadcasters around the world. (Directed by Olivier Dahan, director of "Salvation")

February 22nd: Radio release date for the song "Promises".

March 29th: "Promises" available as single in the stores.

...more soon!

-Fergal




January 28th 1999

Hi again!
Just want to let you know that this web site is now also accessible at www.cranberries.com . Previously this address was used solely by Island Records/Polygram, to promote our latest releases.

I mentioned before, major work is going on to change the "look" of this web site. There will be some new features too, but I won't spoil all the fun and tell you too much about it now! It should be ready around the end of February! (give or take a week or so).

Currently we are all in the U.S.A., promoting the new album via interviews for radio and press.

We all feel a great buzz of anticipation,….things are starting to take shape. We hope you are looking forward to the release of "Promises" as much as we are!

More soon!
Slan!

-Fergal at Live Rehearsal's, Dec. 1998.




February 17th 1999

Hi,

We have begun rehearsals again today (15th Feb) (Woo-Hoo!). We spent the last few weeks doing interviews for TV, Radio, Magazines and Newspapers in various countries. In fact, we were last in Germany where we played journalists a rough copy of our new video for "Promises" . We just got the finished version today, and it looks really great!! It is probably the funniest video we have ever done.

Remember, the radio release for "Promises" is on the 22nd of this month!

Single cover for "Promises" Available March 22nd 1999

We hope to have the "New Site" up and running by the end of this month. That's it for now. Talk to you soon!

-Fergal




March 11th 1999

Just a quick note to let you know what is going on.

We have posted the catalogue numbers for the new single, as well as the content details (b sides, et cetera) and also the respective release dates. You can find these under "Discography" – "Singles".

We are going to Dublin tomorrow to perform on the "Late Late Show" (on RTE, Irish Television) where we will be playing 2 songs, "Promises" and "Zombie". Then, on the 5th of this month we will be in Cologne, Germany , appearing on the TV show "Viva Interactiv", where we will perform "Promises". Last week we were in Paris, France where we also did 2 shows for French television.

There has been a huge response to the free concert ticket competition, and we will soon let you know who the winners are. Thanks for your participation!

More news soon! The new look for this web site is still under construction, so please bear with us on that.

Slan!
-Fergal




March 22nd 1999

Some of this is a bit late, sorry,..but here is what's going on:

On Friday 19th March we were in Bologna, Italy to perform on Taratata. We performed "Animal Instinct" (another song from the new album), "Promises", "Linger" and "Zombie."

On 21st March we were in Milan (yes, you guessed it, Italy) and performed on the Quelli Kil Cacio TV show, where we performed "Promises."

We are in London this week and will be doing the following:
- 24th March. Live on Simon Mayo show, Radio One. Performing 3 songs live between 10.00 am – 12.00 noon.
- also 24th March, recording an interview on XFM radio at 3.00 pm approx.

Then 26th March, we will perform live on TFI Friday. (a TV Show)

Back soon,
-Fergal.




March 24th 1999

...just to say that we will be performing the song "Promises" live tomorrow the 25th of March on "Top Of The Pops", which is broadcast on BBC Television in the United Kingdom. more soon…

-Fergal


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