Winter – Did You Know?
John: Rush, Kings X, Soundgarden
Rab: Gary Moore, AC/DC, Black Sabbath
Rick: Rush, Marillion, Horslips, Kings X
Phil: Queen, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Led Zep, Soundgarden
Johnny: Pavarotti, Journey, Marillion, Led Zep
Other Winter Songs
Reflections On The Water, Marching Out Of Time, Hours Of My Time, Lost and Found, Castles In The Sun, Cold Is The Night, Circus, Free As A Bird, Roulette
Empty Rooms, Assassin, Spirit of the Radio, New Year’s Day, Just Like an Arrow, Kayleigh, Distant Early Warning, Rock and Roll, Disappear, Waterfront, Mr Crowley
Rab Beggs – guitars
Winter gear in Studio for recording EP:
Guitar: 1970’s Cream Tokai Strat. Stock pick-ups then. Guitar is now refretted & fitted with ‘Bare knuckle’ Irish Tour pick-ups (Rory Gallagher type) Most favoured guitar to this day because of the neck.
Pre-amp used as opposed to amp: Tom Scholtz Rockman Sustainer/ Tom Scholtz Graphic & reverbs provided by a Lexicon rack module.
Reflections on the Water demo: recorded with same pre-amp but used a Charvel Model 4 guitar (Black )
1970’s Marshall head (unsure of the year at time)
1970 Marshall 4×12 Cab
Tokai Strat & Charvel ( Mdl-4)
Boss pedals: Turbo Overdrive(OD-2) Compression Sustainer( CS-2 ) Super Chorus( CH-1 ) Equalizer (GE-7)
Arion pedal: Analog Delay.
Tokai Strat ’70’s Les Paul ’93 Black (Seymour Duncan Pick-ups) Original Charvel (San Dimas) Approx. 1980 White (Owned by Viv Campbell at one point).
Amps: Marshall Heads.. 1973 Jmp 50watt & 1972 Jmp 50watt Head.
Marshall 80 watt Valvestate amp 1990
Cabs: Marshall 4 x 12 cab 1970
Marshall 2 x 12 cab Lead
Pedals: Boss Digital Delay (DD-6) Digital Reverb (RV-5) Chorus Ensemble (CE-5) Equalizer (GE-7)
Marshall Guvnor pedal plus (GV-2)
Ibanez Tube screamer (TS-9)
Jim Dunlop Cry baby Wah
Pod xt-live floor effect unit
Phil Murray – keyboards
2 x Roland D50
Various Roland Juno’s
Roland U110 module
S10 sampler [more recently is still using the S10 to drive Moog and DX7 VSTs]
Shure SM-58 mic
John Murphy – drums / percussion
Premier Elite Drums – Black Pearl Finish
1 x 22″ Bass Drum
1 x 8″ Tom
1 x 10″ Tom
1 x 12″ Tom
1 x 14″ Tom
1 x 16″ Tom
1 x 6″ Steel Snare
1 x 8″ Splash
1 x 10″ Splash
1 x 16″ Crash
1 x 18″ Crash
1 x 20″ Crash/Ride
1 x 22″ Hand Hammered Dark Ride
1 x 18″ Wuhan China Type
1 x 14″ Flat Hats
1 x 2 Octave Windchimes
1 x Custom Premier 252 Bass Pedal
All hardware Tama Titan
All drumheads Evans Hydraulic, Clear Batter-head / Black Reasonant-head
Rick Loyer – bass guitars
Status 3000 Bass in Black Walnut with graphite neck
Aria Pro II 5 string Fretless Bass
Yamaha B100 Bass Head
Marshall 320W Cab of 70s vintage with 4x Peavey Black Widow 80W
Roland Bass Effects Module
Johnny Lennie – vocals / lyrics
Shure SM-58 mics
There are at least a couple of other bands using the Winter name. One is based in USA and details about them can be found easily enough on the web. They are a death metal outfit. There is also a Swedish band called Winter [or The Winter Band]. Neither have any link with the original Winter from Northern Ireland.
Winter had great assistance from wonderful musician and producer, Lawrence Thomson [very sadly no longer with us], Paul Murray – superb keyboard player and producer [co-founder of excellent bands The Bombay Talkies, The Templeguards and more recently The Krell], sound specialists Bill and Walter Armstrong, Johnny Hero from Downtown Radio [now with U105] and many other fine musicians, family and friends who attended the shows.