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Derek Joys Showband Gallery (1961-1970 / 1990-1995)

Photo Gallery - Band Lineups - Discography - Audio samples - Where Are They Now?

The Story

As far as we can tell the Derek Joys Showband started life as the Swingbeats in Waterford City in early 1961. Like so many other bands, they were a local pop group who played for dances and concerts. Apparently most of the band members were employees of the Waterford Glass factory.

The lineup in April, 1961 included: Derek Joy (vocals), Jackie Power (guitar), Jimmy Foley (leader and guitar), Michael Cahill (drums), Rd Quinn (keyboards), Edmond Walsh (sax), Nicholas Cahill (trumpet), and Noel Cahill (trombone). The three Cahills were brothers.

By December of 1961, they had changed their name to the Derek Joys, which quickly became the Derek Joys Showband. It didn't take long for the band to move beyond their home town and by early 1962, they were playing all around the area including several gigs in Dublin. Their popularity spread quickly throughout the year and they were soon playing everywhere. On July 20th, 1962 the band shared the stage with American star Emile Ford and his Checkmates in a double bill gig in the Atlantic Ballroom in Tramore.

In September, 1962, the band made the decision to turn professional and quit their day jobs, always a difficult step for any band of the era. They were being managed by Tom Bates of Dublin. Around this time, D.J. Curtin joined the band on sax, replacing Chris St. Ledger who joined the new Victors Showband based in Cork. D.J. (who would become a major star in his own right with the Kerry Blues) would stay with the band for the best part of two years. 

Around October, 1963, the band announced the signing of a new lead singer, Earl Jordan, an American who had been in the US Army and was stationed in England for 5 years before coming to Ireland. What made Earl unique was the fact that he was "coloured" as the papers described him in 1963. Earl would only stay with the band for about a year as he was lured away by the newly formed Caroline Showband from Dublin in December, 1964. 

Keeping up with the band after this is difficult as it is hard in the newspaper archives to distinguish between tours, contracts and relocations for the band. We have read that in November, 1964, the band went to England. Derek did not go for personal reasons and formed a new band called Derek Joy and the Joys. However, by March of 1965, he was a part of the new Capri Showband, also based in Waterford. His time in the Capri would not last long as by June, 1965 he was once again Derek Joy and the Joys.

In one of the most interesting moves of the showband era, despite Derek leaving the band, they continued to be named after him and the Derek Joys Showband played on.

In January, 1965 they were under contract playing in a club in Madrid. In August, 1965, Michael Cahill was involved in a serious boating accident in Palma Bay and sadly passed away two weeks later in a hospital in Palma. In September, we think the band returned to England for a spell, but went back to Spain early the following year (1966).

While in Madrid they were offered a contract to play in Mexico. In July, 1966 they went to Mexico to play on a six-month contract which actually turned into several years. They apparently made a record in Mexico, although they never released one in Ireland.

When the band returned from Mexico, Derek would team up with Jimmy Foley in a pub rock group which played around Waterford.

In 1990, it seems the band reunited and played for several years before retiring once again. Derek Joy sadly passed away in October 1997. 

More to come.....

Photo Gallery

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Derek Joys Showband (JD) Derek Joys Showband (JD) Derek Joys (RF) Derek Joys (RF) Derek Joys (RF)
Swingbeats - 1961 Derek Joys - 1962 Derek Joys - 1963 Derek Joys - 1962 Derek Joys - 1963
     
Derek Joy - 1965 Derek Joy - 1964 Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon
Years Vocals Guitar Bass/Vcls Drums Keyboards Sax Trumpet Trombone Guitar
1961   Jackie
Power
Derek
Joy
Michael
Cahill
Rd
Quinn
Edmond
Walsh
Nicholas
Cahill
Noel
Cahill
Jimmy
Foley
Sept
1962
  Tommy
Fardey
Derek
Joy
Michael
Cahill
Anthony
O'Keefe
Chris St.
Ledger
Nicholas
Cahill
Noel
Cahill
Jimmy
Foley
Oct
1962
Earl
Jordan
Tommy
Fardey
Derek
Joy
Michael
Cahill
Anthony
O'Keefe
Chris St.
Ledger
Nicholas
Cahill
Noel
Cahill
Jimmy
Foley
Dec
1962
  Tommy
Fardey
Derek
Joy
Michael
Cahill
Anthony
O'Keefe
D.J.
Curtin
Nicholas
Cahill
Noel
Cahill
Jimmy
Foley
March
1965
  Tommy
Fardey
  Michael
Cahill
Anthony
O'Keefe
  Nicholas
Cahill
Noel
Cahill
Jimmy
Foley
Aug
1965
  Tommy
Fardey
J.
Duggan
Andy
McGuigan
Anthony
O'Keefe
  Nicholas
Cahill
Noel
Cahill
Jimmy
Foley
                   

Discography

We don't think the band ever released a record in Ireland

Audio Clips

We don't think the band ever released a record in Ireland

Where Are They Now?  

Anthony O'Keefe - RIP: Anthony sadly passed away on the 27th of November, 2013.
Derek Joy - RIP: Apparently when the band moved to England, Derek did not join them, instead staying in Waterford and forming a new band Derek Joy and the Joys. He joined the Capri Showband for a short while and then continued with the Joys. When the band did return home, he teamed up with Jimmy Foley and formed a rock band to play the local pub scene. The band reformed in 1990 and played for several years before retiring again. Derek sadly passed away on October 24th, 1997 at the age of only 54.
Michael Cahill - RIP: Michael was injured in a boating accident in August 1965 while the band was playing in Majorca and he sadly passed away from his injuries two weeks later.
Jackie Power:
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