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Witnesses Feature (1963-69 and 1971-??)

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

The Story

Like several bands of the showband era, (Sands, Times and others) the Witnesses Showband owe their start to a different band, The Dave Glover Showband. Formed in the mid 50's, in 1963 nearly the whole of the Dave Glover outfit quit to form a new band. Alex Burns (guitar), Gerry Rice (sax), Trixie Hamilton (bass), Andy Wilson (trombone), Joe Clarke (vocals) George Mullan (Trumpet), Harry Mitchell (Piano/Vocals), and Joe Clarke (Vocals). When Harry Mitchell left he was replaced by Italian born vocalist, Tony Morelli. 

In May, 1971, an article in Spotlight announced the reforming of the Witnesses. The band had left Ireland and done various tours in other parts of the world, but apparently broke up in Canada in 1968. Most of the members of the band returned to the cabaret scene in Belfast. The new reformed lineup included original band members and was: Joe "Boots" Clarke (trombone), Sammy Kelso (drums) and Jim McDermott (sax), along with Ronnie Hawthorne (keyboards) and Wilson Dunlop (bass).  

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Photo Gallery

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Witnesses Showband Witnesses Showband (JD) Witnesses (MN) Witnesses - 1977 (MA) Witnesses (RF)
Witnesses (RF) Witnesses (RF) Witnesses (RF) Witnesses (TH) Witnesses (TH)
     
Witnesses (TH) Witnesses (PL)

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Years Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Key/Vocals Trumpet Sax/Clarinet Trombone
1963 Bobby
Wright
Jim "Kit"
Carson
Charlie
Walker
Davy
Martin
Tommy
Duffy
George
Mullen
Gough
Glenn
Jim
Armstrong
1964 Joe "Boots"
Clarke
Alex
Burns
Harry Trixie
Hamilton
Walter
Maitland
Tony
Morelli
George
Mullen
Gerry
Rice
Andy
Wilson
196? Joe "Boots"
Clarke
Alex
Burns
Harry Trixie
Hamilton
Walter
Maitland
Harry
Mitchell
George
Mullen
Gerry
Rice
Andy
Wilson
1969 Joe "Boots"
Clarke
Unknown Unknown Walter
Maitland
Harry
Mitchell
George
Mullen
Gerry
Rice
Andy
Wilson

Band broke up in 1969 - Relaunched in 1971

1971 Joe "Boots"
Clarke
Alex
Burns
Wilson
Dunlop
Sammy
Kelso
Ronnie
Hawthorne
George
Mullen
Jim
McDermott
 
1977 Joe "Boots"
Clarke
Tony
Morelli
Harry Trixie
Hamilton
Mike
Arkins
Ned
McCrudden
George
Mullen
Gerry
Rice
 
                 

Discography

Singles

Take Good Care of Her / Each Time You Cross My Mind (Tony Morelli)
Emerald Records - MD 1010 - 1964
Two Little Orphans / Nobody's Child (Tony Morelli)
Emerald Records - MD 1011 - 1965
Haunted House / Remember Me (I'm The One)
Emerald Records - MD 1016 - 1965
The Jarvey Was A Leprechaun / Johnny McEldoo
Emerald Records - MD 1026 - 1966
Love Is No Excuse / What I Done
Emerald Records - MD 1052 - 1966
Remember Me (I'm The One) / Nobody's Child
Emerald Records - MD 1082 - August, 1967

Audio Clips

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Where Are They Now?  

Bobby Wright: Unknown - if you have info please email us 
Jim "Kit" Carson: Unknown - if you have info please email us 
Charlie Walker: Unknown - if you have info please email us 
Davey Martin: Unknown - if you have info please email us 
Tommy Duffy: Unknown - if you have info please email us 
George Mullen - RIP: George sadly passed away in the early 1990's - from Mike Arkins
Gough Glenn: Unknown - if you have info please email us 
Alex Burns: Andy Wilson told us in Dec 2013, that Alec emigrated to Australia after quitting the band in 1969 and as far as he knew, he is still there today. If you have additional info please email us 
Trixie Hamilton: Andy Wilson told us in Dec 2013 that Trixie still lives in Belfast and occasionally plays with Gerry Rice at his Saturday afternoon gig in the Europe Hotel in Belfast. In May, 2014 we got an email from Trixie himself saying that he still playing regularly and was the General Secretary of the Musicians Union for 21 years up until 2012.
Walter Maitland - RIP: Sadly passed away
Harry Mitchell: Unknown - if you have info please email us 
Gerry Rice: Andy Wilson told us in Dec 2013, that Gerry plays piano in the Europa Hotel in Belfast every Saturday afternoon. If you have additional info please email us 
Andy Wilson: We received an email from Andy at the start of 2014 telling us he is now living in a village called Strensall, which is located about 8 miles northeast York, Yorkshire in the UK. He is still in touch with Trixie Hamilton, and Gerry Rice, and has been to the Europa, Belfast and played a couple of numbers with them. He is hoping to visit again in the not too distant future. 
Jim Armstrong: Unknown - if you have info please email us 
Joe "Boots" Clarke - RIP: After the band, Joe emigrated to Canada where sadly he passed away in 2003 from cancer (Mike Arkins)
Jim McDermott: Unknown - if you have info please email us 
Ronnie Hawthorne: Unknown - if you have info please email us 
Sammy Kelso: Unknown - if you have info please email us 
Wilson Dunlop: Unknown - if you have info please email us 
Tony Morelli: Unknown - if you have info please email us 
Mike Arkins: Unknown - if you have info please email us 

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