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Country and Western Band Photos (M through P) - 179

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.

Dermot O'Brien Maurice Mulcahy Susan McCann Tom Allen and the Mainliners - 1978 Anne, Shelley & The Marines -1976 (DL)
Patrice of Stage Five Siobhan and Pride Misty Mainliners - 1979 Brian Harkin and the Plainsmen - 1975
John Glenn joins the Mainliners - 1975  Big Tom & the Mainliners Big Tom & the Mainliners - 1973 Big Tom & the Mainliners - 1973 Big Tom & The Mainliners II
Margo & Co - 1973 Frankie McBride
& The Polka Dots
Gene Stuart & The Mighty Avons - 1973 New Smokeys - 1973 Pat McCaul of the Premier Aces - 1973
Johnny McEvoy Margo - 1973 Brian Harkin & The Plainsmen - 1973 Maurice Mulcahy Band (DD) Tommy Drennan & the Monarchs
Mighty Avons (DL) Daniel O'Donnell Dee Leydon & The Powermen ('74) (DL) Dermot Hegarty & The Plainsmen (DD) Brian Harkin and the Plainsmen - 1974 (DL)
Margo - 1974 (LR)

Gene Stuart and the Mighty Avons (KS)

Johnny McEvoy Band (KS)

Margo (KS)

Big Tom & The Mainliners (DD)

Gene Stuart and the Mighty Avons (KS)

Johnny McEvoy (KS)

Dermot O'Brien Trio (KS) Big Tom & The Mainliners (KS) Big Tom & The Mainliners (KS)
Dermot O'Brien (DL) Dermot Hegarty & The Plainsmen (DL) Mighty Avons - 1974 (LR) Plainsmen - 1974 (LR) Oklahoma (LR)
Tommy Drennan & The Monarchs (LR) Hugh McLean & The Mighty Avons (JB) Murphy of the Swallows (LR) Gene Stuart & The Mighty Avons (JB) Murphy of the Swallows - 1973
Plainsmen - 1973 Murphy of the Swallows (LR) Connie Lee & The Prairie Ramblers (LR) Gerry & The Merryboys (DD) Gene Stuart & The Mighty Avons (BW)
Helen McCaffrey (PH) Mornin Dew Showband (PH) Margo and the Blue Ridge Boys (PH) Mandy of the Gallowglass (LR) Johnny McEvoy (LR)
Dermot O'Brien (LR) Brian Harkin & the Plainsmen (PH) Billy McFarland (LR) Murphy of the Swallows - 1973 Johnny McEvoy Band - 1971
Mash - 1979 (PH) Mash - 1978 (PH) Plainsmen - 1971 Gerry & The Ohio - 1971 Mighty Avons - 1971
Murphy - 1971 Mighty Avons - 1971 Polka Dots Dawn Knight - 1971 Dawn Knight - 1967
John Glen & The Mainliners (KS) Johnny McEvoy (KS) Johnny McEvoy (KS) Mighty Avons (KS) Johnny McEvoy Band (KS)
Gregory & Terry - (KS) Nashville Ramblers Plainsmen (KS) Johnny McEvoy Band Dermot Hegarty Maisie & The Nashville Ramblers - 1970
Mainliners Mainliners Mainliners Maurice Mulcahy Maisie & The Nashville Ramblers - 1970
Frank McCaffrey (PH) Patrice (PH) Powermen - 1974 (TC) Mary Lou - 1973 Mary Lou - 1973
Poteen - 1974 (MD) Nightrunners - 1973 Nashville Showband (FM) Susan McCann (RF) Susan McCann (RF)
Susan McCann (RF) Susan McCann (RF) Susan McCann (RF) Dermot O'Brien - 1972 Dermot & Maisie - 1969
Dermot O'Brien - 1974 Frank McCaffrey (RF) Frank McCaffrey (RF) Frank McCaffrey (RF)

Margo

Margo - 1968

Margo - 1969

Margo - 1969

Margo - 1970

Margo - 1970

Margo - 1970

Margo - 1970

Margo - 1970

Margo - 1971

Margo - 1971

Margo - 1971

Margo - 1971

Margo - 1971

Margo - 1971

Margo - 1971

Margo - 1971

Margo - 1971

Margo - 1971

Margo - 1971

Margo - 1971

Margo - 1972

Margo - 1972

Margo - 1972

Margo - 1972

Margo - 1974

Margo - 1974

Margo - 1974

Margo - 1974

Margo - 1974

Margo - 1974

Margo - 1975

Margo - 1975

Margo - 1972

Margo - 1971

Johnny McEvoy (RF)
Mainliners (RF) Mainliners (RF) Mainliners (RF) Mainliners (RF) Mainliners (RF)
Mainliners (RF) Mainliners (RF) Mainliners (RF) Mainliners (RF) Mainliners (RF)
Mainliners (RF) Mainliners (RF) Mainliners (RF) Mainliners (RF) Mainliners (RF)
Mainliners (RF) Mainliners (RF) Mainliners (RF) Mainliners (RF) Mainliners (RF)
Mainliners (RF) Mainliners (RF) Mainliners (RF) Mainliners (RF) Mainliners (RF)
Mainliners (RF) Margo (RF) Margo (RF) Margo (RF) Margo (RF)
Margo (RF) Margo (RF) Margo (RF) Margo (RF) Margo (RF)
Margo (RF) Marines (RF) Marines (RF) Marines (RF) Marines (RF)
Marines (RF) Mavericks (RF) Mean Tom (RF) Morning Dew (RF) Morning Dew (RF)
Nashville Ramblers (RF) Nashville Ramblers (RF) Nashville Ramblers (RF) Nashville Ramblers (RF) Nashville Ramblers (RF)
Nashvilles (RF) Nashvilles (RF) Nashvilles (RF) Nightrunners (RF) Nightrunners (RF)
 
Nightrunners (RF) Nightrunners (RF) Outlaws (RF) Outlaws (RF) Coming Soon
         
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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
(LR) - Photos contributed by Liam O'Reilly
(BW) - Photos contributed by Brian Wynne 
(PH) - Photos contributed by Peter Harkin
(TC) - Photos contributed by Tommy Conlon
(MD) - Photos contributed by Maria Dowdall

 


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