Helen O'Hara

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Helen O'Hara (born Helen Bevington, 3 January 1955) is a British musician, formerly a member of the band Dexys Midnight Runners between 1982 and 1987, including performing on songs such as the single "Come on Eileen" from the Too-Rye-Ay album.

Since leaving the band she had been working with rock performers such as Graham Parker, Tanita Tikaram and Mary Coughlan. She also recorded a New Age album with keyboardist Nicky Hopkins.

Early years

O'Hara began her music career in her home town of Bristol joining Gunner Kade, a band led by Ken Pustelnik, drummer from The Groundhogs. She then joined a band called Wisper, who combined their solo career with backing various artists. Wisper evolved into Uncle Po who won the BBC's 'Quiz Kid' band competition in 1977, subsequently releasing a single on the BEEB label "Use My Friends" (so rare that a copy sold in 2006 on E-Bay for over £80). Uncle Po included Rob Williams on guitar and Gavin King on vocals.

Dexys Midnight Runners

O'Hara left Uncle PO in late 1977 to study music at Birmingham School of Music (now UCE Birmingham Conservatoire), graduating in 1982 with an offer to join the Madrid Philharmonic. However, after a stint with The Blue Ox Babes, a band founded by ex-Dexys founder Kevin 'Al' Archer, she had also been offered a place with Rowland's new line-up of Dexys - the result of a session she and two other violinists from the university had carried out...
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