Witnesses Feature (1963-69
Photo Gallery -
Band Lineups -
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Where Are They Now?
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
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).
More to come....
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