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One of 6 children born into an incredibly talented musical family in Derrylin, Co.Fermangh, N.Ireland, Pat’s first band, Pulse, featured his brothers John and Tommy on bass & drums respectively. During an interview with Radio Luxembourg , Dj Tony Prince, who remarked how young they all were, jokingly called them 'mamas boys' – It was just meant to be an ‘of the cuff’ remark but the name stuck and soon the 3 brothers were officially known as Mamas Boys.
So quickly did they begin to win over their live audiences that soon they were invited to support almost every rock band that came to Belfast or Dublin and in 1981 Mamas Boys were invited to tour the U.K. with Hawkwind. In 1982 the band released the self financed album “Plug It In” which gained great reviews and spurned the hit single “Needle in The Groove”. This led to further support tours with Wishbone Ash, and Phil Lynott personally asked them if they would be his support band on Thin Lizzys’ farewell tour which also included a slot at Reading Rock.
Pat has also worked as a session man for other artists which included a very wide range of acts such as John Parr, Tricky and Samantha Fox. (Pat is responsible for the guitar work on her hit single ‘Touch Me’ and she also covered a Mamas Boys song ‘Spirit Of America.’)
After a long hiatus, due in no small part to the death of their brother Tommy from leukaemia, Pat and John returned in 1997 under a new name “Celtus” and with a new album on the Sony record label called “Moonchild” . This was followed straight away with a support slot on the Sheryl Crow tour, who apparently asked for the band herself as she loved the album, including a date at The Royal Albert Hall in London . In November of that year the band went out on tour again this time with Paul Carrack and to top off an incredible year the band were presented with the Irish World Music awards Best Album Of The Year award, beating off stiff competition from U2, The Corrs and Enya.
Back home in Ireland Pat began work as a session man and soon began teaching music. After a while a local band who had just lost their guitarist called “The Painkillers” approached Pat and asked him if he could help them out for a few gigs. After a bit of persuasion Pat agreed and soon he had the bug again.
In 2007 Pat recorded his first solo album "In My Own Time" which gained fantastic reviews in the press and was also released throughout Europe by Bad Reputation Records of France complete with a different cover. This led to the formation of the 'Pat McManus Band' with Gordon Sheridan on bass and Paul Faloon on drums.