The Big Geraniums formed in London in 1990 by Neil Mc Cartney and Jonas Read, in the beginning The Big Geraniums performed as buskers. They were joined by Dara O'Donoghue, Seanin Hawthornthwaite and Jenny Wood, John Hicks and Laura Forrest-Hay. They then moved to Galway where they met Sykes and Moll. After much busking, rehersing and gigging around Ireland they moved to Dublin where they were joined by Maurice Culligan and secured a deal with Polygram records.
They recorded their album 'Tall Tales, The release of the album generated massive radio play in Ireland and abroad especially the songs 'Home Again' and 'Sweet Way' 'Home Again' reached no 3 in the irish singles charts and the album was top 5 for 8 wks.
The Big Geraniums relocated to Holland, playing alongside the likes of The Wailers, Nenah Cherry, Van Morrison, and major festivals climaxing with their show stopping Montreux Jazz Festival appearance which secured them a release in the US with PRA records in California. The band at this stage moved to New York and toured relentlessly across the eastern seaboard with the release of their second album 'Girls on Sheep'.
Their live shows were critcally acclaimed for their craziness, frenetic mix of Irish/ska/punk and rock