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Billy Birkett Orchestra/Des Furlong Showband/Des*etts Showband
(1950-1965)

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

The Story

The history of the Des Furlong Showband actually starts inn 1950 with an advert in the Irish Independent seeking gigs for the Benny Birkett Orchestra, featuring "six star musicians and exclusively Ireland's leading M.C. (Master of Ceremonies), Des Furlong." The band also featured vocalist Betty Impey (who was, or would become, Des' spouse) and Alex Kelly on sax.

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Photo Gallery

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Benny Birkett Orchstra (1950-1960)
   
Benny Birkett - 1950 Benny Birkett - 1952 Benny Birkett - 1960 Coming Soon Coming Soon
Des Furlong Showband (1960-1964)
Des Furlong Showband (PY) Des Furlong (RF) Des Furlong (RF) Des Furlong (RF) Des Furlong (RF)
Des*Etts Showband (1964-1965?)
     
Des-etts Showband (LR) Des-etts (RF) Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon
Years MC Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Keyboards Sax Guitar Sax
1960 Des
Furlong
Betty
Impey
    John
Courtney
  Alex
Kelly
   
  Des
Furlong
Betty
Impey
             
  Des
Furlong
Betty
Impey
             
1964 Des
Furlong
Betty
Impey
Barry
Roe
Niall
Irwin
John
Barry
Chris
Kenevey
  Tony
Murray
 

Discography

S - #3 Irish Charts
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Audio Clips

         
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Where Are They Now?  

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