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Country and Western Band Photos

Current Count - 1,715 Photos!   A-B  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).

Individual Head Shots

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Philomena Begley Dermot O'Brien Susan McCann Sandy Kelly - 1980's (BK) Mary Duff - 1980's (BK)
Big Chief (Simon Scott) of the Apaches Mary Lou of Harvest Brendan Shine T.R. Dallas (Tom Allen) Gene Stuart
Sean Gallagher of The Quarrymen - 1973 Dermot Henry Gloria Tony Stevens Hugo Duncan
Bill Ryan of Buckshot Eileen King Ian Corrigan Big Chief & "Squaw" of the Apaches (DD) Brian Coll of the Buckaroos
Eileen King Shelley of Startime Larry Cunningham Grainne of the Strangers Brian Harkin
Patrice of Stage Five Joy Starr of Opportunity Band - 1979 John Glenn of the Wranglers Jim Tobin of the Firehouse Jan of the Mainliners
John Glenn joins the Mainliners - 1975  Ian Corrigan of Country Style - 1973 Mike Scott of the Hoot'nannys -1975 Dermot Hegarty -1975 Brian Coll of the Buckaroos 1973
Pat McCaul of the Premier Aces - 1973 Sean Quinn of Down County - 1973 Mary Lou of Harvest - 1973 Gerry Black - 1973 Sharon of the Green Forest - 1973
Hugo Duncan - 1973 Johnny McEvoy Mary Lou of Harvest - 1973 Margo - 1973 Brendan Hughes & the Huskies - 1973
Sonny Knowles Shelly (aka Jan Lynch) (JL) Pat Ely Bridie Gallagher (DD) Jim Tobin of The Firehouse (DD)
Dennis Allen Philomena Begley (DL) Early Gene Stuart (DD) Brian Coll (DD) Two's Company (DD)
Brian Harkin Brendan Shine-'80 (DD) John Glenn (DD) Sonny Knowles (DD) Daniel O'Donnell
Shelly of the Big Valley (JL) Anne Lynch & Hugo Duncan (AL) Murphy of the Swallows - 1973 Anne Lynch of the Swinging Marines (AL) Sean Dunphy - 1973
Mattie Fox of the Grassroots - 1973 Ronnie Griffiths of American Pie - 1973

Dermot Hegarty (KS)

Ian Corrigan (KS) Big Tom & Larry Cunningham (KS)
Gerry Black (KS)

Jim Tobin of the Firehouse (KS)

Jim Tobin of the Firehouse (KS)

Gene Stuart (KS)

Big Tom, Gene Stuart & Jim Tobin (KS)

Jim Tobin of the Firehouse (KS)

Gene Stuart (KS)

Ray Lynam (KS) Dee Leydon & The Powermen - 1974

Margo (KS)

Tony Hughes of the Cotton Mill Boys (KS)

Johnny McEvoy (KS)

Brian Coll (KS)

George Kaye (KS)

Brendan Shine (KS)
Big Tom (KS) Larry Cunningham (KS) Brendan Shine (KS)

Pat Lynch-1971 (KS)

Philomena Begley (KS)

Big Ivan (KS) Roly Daniels (LR) Philomena Begley (LR) Margo - 1974 (LR) Danny Doyle & Maxi (LR)
Brian Coll (LR) Dermot Henry (LR) Murphy of the Swallows (LR) Ray Lynam (LR) Sharon King - 1984 (JM)
Eileen King - late 1974 Joe Cuddy - 1973 Sean Dunphy (KS) Murphy of the Swallows (LR) Helen McCaffrey (PH)
Johnny Flynn (PH) Brendan Quinn (PH) Brian Harkin - 1978 (PH) Simon Scott of the Apaches (PH) Patrick & Har of the Tallmen (PH)
Sandy Kelly Mandy of the Gallowglass (LR) Johnny McEvoy (LR) Dermot O'Brien (LR) Billy McFarland (LR)
Ian Corrigan & Rosaleen (PH) Gene Stuart (PH) Murphy of the Swallows - 1973 Pat Ely - 1970 Danny Doyle - 1971
Ray & Phil Billy Jo (PH) Brian Coll - 1978 (PH) Murphy - 1971 Dermot Henry - 1971
Roly Daniels - 1971 Jerry Fahy - 1971 Danny & Maxi - 1971 Roly Daniels (LR) Brendan Shine (LR)
Larry Cunningham (LR) Brendan Quinn - 1979 (PH) Dawn Knight - 1971 Dawn Knight - 1967 Tracy - 1971
Big Tom-1973 (KS) Hugo Duncan (KS) Hugo Duncan (KS) Big Tom & Sandy Kelly (KS) Big Tom (KS)
Gene Stuart (KS) Philomena Begley (KS) Philomena Begley (KS) Brian Coll (KS) Gene Stuart (KS)
Gene Stuart (KS) Gene Stuart (KS) Jim Tobin (KS) Brian Coll (KS) Johnny McEvoy (KS)
Phil Begley (KS) Dermot Hegarty (KS) Johnny McEvoy (KS) TR Dallas (KS) Big Tom (KS)
Big Tom (KS) Big Tom (KS) Phil Begley - 1979 (PH) Gloria (LR) Roly Daniels (LR)
John Glenn (LR) Hugo Duncan (LR) Phil Begley (LR) Shelley - 1979 (PH) Dermot Hegarty
Dermot Henry - 1974 Dermot Henry - 1971 Dermot Henry - 1971 Dermot Henry - 1970 Dermot Henry - 1970
Dermot Henry - 1972 Dermot Henry - 1971 Dermot Henry - 1971 Dermot Henry - 1971 Dermot Henry - 1971
Dermot Henry - 1970 Dermot Henry - 1970 Dermot Henry - 1970 Dermot Henry - 1970

Brian Coll - 1971

Brian Coll - 1973

Brian Coll - 1973

Brian Coll - 1972

Brian Coll - 1972

Brian Coll - 1972

Brian Coll - 1972

Brian Coll - 1974

Brian Coll - 1971

Brian Coll - 1971

Brian Coll - 1970

Brian Coll - 1970

Brian Coll - 1969

Brian Coll - 1969

Phil Begley - 1972

Phil Begley - 1975

Phil Begley - 1973

Phil Begley - 1973

Phil Begley - 1973

Phil Begley - 1971

Phil Begley - 1972

   

Phil Begley - 1973

Mary Lou - 1973 Mary Lou - 1973 Coming Soon 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
(PH) - Photos contributed by Peter Harkin 
 

 


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