Basic Background Info

Birth: March 4, 1971
Location: Limerick, Ireland
Band: The Cranberries, The Low Network
Genres: Rock, Alternative
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Fergal Patrick Lawler is an Irish alternative rock drummer. Born in Limerick, he created The Cranberries in 1990 with Noel and Mike Hogan, also from Limerick. They originally called the band The Cranberry Saw Us, a pun on "cranberry sauce." Dolores O’Riordan replaced the original lead singer, Niall Quinn.

The Cranberries’ debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? (and the singles, "Dreams" and "Linger"), released in 1993, gained very little attention. However, after the band started touring, MTV began regularly playing their videos. In 1994 they released No Need to Argue with a more streamlined sound. Within one year, the album went triple platinum.

The Cranberries third album, To the Faithful Departed, highlighted elements of rock more than the previous albums. Critics disapproved of the album, although it too eventually went double platinum. After releasing Bury the Hatchet in 1999, The Cranberries embarked on their most successful world tour to date. Their next album, Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, also did well and sold 1.5 million copes.

In 2003, the band was busy working on a new album when they unexpectedly announced they were going on hiatus to pursue individual projects and solo careers. Fergal Lawler created The Low Network with Kieran Calvert and Jennifer McMahon in 2006. However, in 2007, they were unhappy with the direction of their music and disbanded.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1993 Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Canít We? The Cranberries
1994 No Need to Argue The Cranberries
1996 To the Faithful Departed The Cranberries
1999 Bury the Hatchet The Cranberries
2001 Wake Up and Smell the Coffee The Cranberries


  • Fergal’s youngest son has glaucoma.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Hardware: Drum Workshop

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