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Swing Commandos / Nomads Showband /
Jim Cantwell Big Band Feature

(1960-1973)

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

The Story

Although the Nomads made their debut on Easter Sunday, 1964, their history actually goes back to late 1950's when Dave Murphy from Kilkenny formed a series of bands including the Dave Murphy Sextette, Dave Murphy Orchestra, and in mid-1959, the Dave Murphy Showband. In 1961, he renamed the band the Swing Commandos. The band was managed by Syd McDonald. In August, 1962, the band went on a tour of England visiting all the usual spots for the showbands including Leeds, Coventry, Manchester and London.

For the next few years, the Swing Commandos did very well, playing gigs all across the country. By 1963, the band had changed managers to Kevin Feerick of Ballinrobe. This wouldn't last long as the band broke up at Lent in 1963 and David Murphy ended up emigrating to England.  

In January 1965, the band had narrow escape when their van went over an embankment into a bog at Foileadown, about 9 miles from Killarney, they returning from a gig in the Silver Slipper Ballroom in Kenmare. Newspaper reports described the band's ordeal: "The accident happened at three o'clock in the morning and following the crash the band members lit a fire on the bog and and remained sitting around it and playing their instruments until morning. At dawn, they went to a nearby house and were given breakfast by Mrs. Moynihan at Loo Bridge. They changed their clothes there."

By 1967, the band was being managed by Harry Holt and were beginning to move in a more pop direction after the release of their first single, Lough Sheelin. They had also added a keyboard player for the first time, Michael O'Grady.

In March, 1970 future Tweed vocalist Brendan Ryder joined the band and they released their second single, The Singer Sang His Song.

 

Dermot Delaney (died in July 1993) after being with Swing Comnmandos, Nomads and Jim Cantwell.  

Dickie Tennyson (Swing Commandos vocals) passed away in July 1988

Jimmy Donnelly was with Swing Commandos

1962 Noel Power, Fergus Hogan and Billy Russell (Callan)

More to come.....

Photo Gallery

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Swing Commandos Leo Phelan - 1963 Mally Shiels - 1963 Nomads - 1968 Nomads - 1968
Nomads - 1966 (LR) Nomads Showband - 1966 (LR) Nomads (RF) Nomads (RF) Nomads - 1964 (RF)
Nomads (RF) Nomads - 1968 (RF) Nomads - 1968 (RF) Nomads (RF) Nomads (RF)
       
Nomads - 1970 Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon
SWING COMMANDOS
Years Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Vocals Guitar/Sax Trumpet Sax Trombone
1960 Noel
Power
Paddy
Dooley
Jim
Dwyer
Dermot
Delaney
  Dave
Murphy
Jimmy
Donnelly
Jim
Cantwell
Fergus
Hogan
1962 Mally
Shiels
  Liam
Hehir?
Kevin
Barry?
Jimmy
Lennon?
       
1963 Leo
Phelan
Paddy
Dooley
Jim
Dwyer
Dermot
Delaney
  Dave
Murphy
Jimmy
Donnelly
Jim
Cantwell
Fergus
Hogan
NOMADS SHOWBAND
March
1964
Noel
Power
Paddy
Dooley
Jim
Dwyer
Dermot
Delaney
    Paddy
O'Keefe
Jim
Cantwell
Fergus
Hogan
Sept
1964
Noel
Power
Paddy
Dooley
Jim
Dwyer
Dermot
Delaney
Paddy
Hanrahan
Tony
Dwyer
Paddy
O'Keefe
Jim
Cantwell
Fergus
Hogan
March
1968
Noel
Power
Paddy
Dooley
Jim
Dwyer
Dermot
Delaney
Paddy
Hanrahan
Michael
O'Grady
Paddy
O'Keefe
Jim
Cantwell
 
                   

Discography

Lough Sheelin / (Paddy Hanrahan)
Unknown Records - Unknown - 1967
The Singer Sang His Song (Brendan Ryder) / Loving Him (Paddy Dooley)
Target Records - Unknown - 1970

Audio Clips

         
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