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Country and Western Band Photos (I through L) - 187

Click on letters for sorted photos   A-B  C  D-H   I-L   M-P    Q-Z   Big Tom

On this page, we pay tribute to the hundreds of country bands that entertained Irish audiences back in the "good old days." After the steam ran out of the showband engine, bands generally disbanded or regrouped as either "pop" or "country." In the beginning, the bands played the same circuit as the ballrooms were large enough to accommodate alternating pop and country nights outfits without affecting attendance. However, as the ballroom crowds shrunk and more hotels got into the dance business, the gigs got more specialized, further increasing competition among the bands.

"Country music" nights became a regular feature of hotels and clubs around the country. Country acts also found it easier to move into the cabaret scene. While discos appealed to the young crowds, in the end, it was the country segment of the industry that survived the longest. Most likely, this was because of the broader appeal of country music to an aging audience.

One of the most unusual aspects of the Irish country scene was the "invention" of a new musical style particular to Ireland, dubbed "Country and Irish." With the success of artists like Big Tom, Margo, Larry Cunningham, Philomena Begley, and others, this new style of bastardized country music took the dancing public by storm, while also creating a divide between those that enjoyed the new music and those that preferred their country music on the "western" side. As American country music (on which the Irish model had been based) continued to morph through the seventies and eighties, the Irish version remain relatively unchanged, causing some critics to further deride the music as unoriginal and without merit.          

If anyone takes exception to having these photos exhibited on our website, please let us know and we'll remove them immediately. Thanks. By the way, if you know where any of these bands are today, please click here. 

Acknowledgements: Our special thanks to Shaun Magee, Dick Lynott, David Dwane, Anthony Grace, Francis Kennedy, Teddie Palmer, Jan Lynch, Kathleen Smith, Declan Colgan, Peter Kinsey, Joe Dodd, Brian "Shorty" O'Kane, Andy Monk, and Alan Carr for additional photos. All photos are identified with contributor's initials (see full details at bottom of page).

Click on a thumbnail photo to see a full size image and additional information.

The Indians Eileen King Indians (DD) Sandy Kelly - 1990's (BK) Jesse & The James Boys
Jan Lynch of the Mainliners Billy, Tricia & Jambylia The Indians - 1983 Indians - 1980 Eileen King
Mary Lou of Harvest - 1973 New Linemen Showband - 1973 Lee and Quo Mary Lou of Harvest - 1973 Sonny Knowles
Shelly of the Big Valley (JL) Shelly (aka Jan Lynch) (JL) Linesmen - 1973 Anne Lynch of the Swinging Marines (AL) Sonny Knowles (DD)
The Indians - 1973 Anne Lynch & Hugo Duncan (AL) Ray Lynam (KS)

George Kaye (KS)

The Indians - 1990's (BK)
Dee Leydon of The Powermen - 1974

Pat Lynch-1971 (KS)

Big Ivan (KS) Shelley (Jan Lynch) of Startime Mary Lou of Harvest
Just Four - 1975 Ray Lynam (LR) Kangaroos (JB) Sharon King - 1984 (JM) Eileen King - late 1974
The Indians (KS) Indians - 1979 The Indians - 1973 The Indians - 1973 The Indians (PH)
The Indians - 1974 The Indians - 1978 The Indians - 1980 Indians (PH) Indians (PH)
Indians (PH) The Indians - 1979 (PH) Sandy Kelly Indians (PH) Indians (PH)
Indians (PH) Ray & Phil Indians Jesse & The James Boys Maurice Lynch (NC)
Big Tom & Sandy Kelly (KS) Indians - 1979 (PH) Eileen King (PH) Indians - 1975 Indians - 1975
Indians Indians - 1971 Indians - 1971 Indians - 1971 Indians - 1971
Indians - 1971 Indians - 1971 Indians - 1972 Indians - 1972 Indians - 1972
Indians - 1972 Indians - 1972 Indians - 1972 Indians - 1972 Indians - 1972
Indians - 1972 Indians - 1972 Indians - 1972 Indians - 1972 Indians - 1972
Indians - 1972 Indians - 1972 Indians - 1972 Indians - 1973 Indians - 1973
Indians - 1973 Indians - 1973 Indians - 1973 Indians - 1973 Indians - 1973
Indians - 1973 Indians - 1973 Indians - 1973 Indians - 1973 Indians - 1973
Indians - 1973 Indians - 1974 Indians - 1974 Indians - 1974 Indians - 1974
Indians - 1975 Indians - 1975 Indians - 1975 Frank Jennings (RF) Ray Lynam - 1975
Ray Lynam - 1971 Ray Lynam - 1971 Ray Lynam - 1971 Ray Lynam - 1971 Ray Lynam - 1971
Ray Lynam - 1971 Ray Lynam - 1971 Ray Lynam - 1971 Ray Lynam - 1972 Ray Lynam - 1972
Ray Lynam - 1972 Ray Lynam - 1972 Ray Lynam - 1972 Ray Lynam - 1973 Ray Lynam - 1973
Ray Lynam - 1974 Ray Lynam - 1974 Ray Lynam - 1974 Ray Lynam - 1974 Ray Lynam - 1974
Ray Lynam - 1974 Ray Lynam - 1974 Ray Lynam - 1974 Ray Lynam - 1974 Ray Lynam - 1975
Ray Lynam - 1975 Ray Lynam - 1975 Ray Lynam - 1975 Killarney Swinging Jarveys Killarney Swinging Jarveys
Killarney Swinging Jarveys Killarney Swinging Jarveys Indians (RF) Indians (RF) Indians (RF)
Indians (RF) Indians (RF) Indians (RF) Indians (RF) Indians (RF)
Indians (RF) Indians (RF) Indians (RF) Indians (RF) Indians (RF)
Indians (RF) Indians (RF) Indians (RF) Indians (RF) Indians (RF)
Indians (RF) Indians (RF) Indians (RF) Indians (RF) Indians (RF)
Indians (RF) Indians (RF) Indians (RF) Indians (RF) Indians (RF)
Jarveys (RF) Jesse & James Boys (RF) Kaisers (RF) Kerry Cowboys (RF) Kangaroos (RF)
Kangaroos (RF) Kangaroos (RF) Kangaroos (RF) Kangaroos (RF) Kinsellas (RF)
Kinsellas (RF) Kinsellas (RF) Kinsellas (RF) Kinsellas (RF) Kinsellas (RF)
Kinsellas (RF) Kinsellas (RF) Lee and Co. (RF) Lightnin' Express (RF) Lightnin' Express (RF)
     
Lightnin' Express (RF) Lightnin' Express (RF) Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon
         
Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon

Additional Photo Credits:

(AG) - Photos contributed by Anthony Grace
(SM) - Photos contributed by Shaun Magee
(FK) - Photos contributed by Francis Kennedy
(TP) - Photos contributed by Teddie Palmer
(DD) - Photos contributed by David Dwane
(DL) - Photos contributed by Dick Lynott
(JM) - Photos contributed by John McGrenra
(JD) - Photos contributed by Joe Dodd
(AL) - Photos contributed by Anne Lynch
(JL) - Photos contributed by Jan Lynch
(KS) - Photos contributed by Kathleen Smith
(FM) - Photos contributed by Frankie McGirr 
(JG) - Photos contributed by Johnny Gallagher 
(JB) - Photos contributed by John Baird 
(PH) - Photos contributed by Peter Harkin  
(NC) - Photos contributed by Noel Cunningham  
 
 

 


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