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Name:  joe o'kelly
Email: jookelly@freenet.co.uk
Date:  26 Apr 2009

Comments: Does any one have any information on the early days of paddy McCaffertys band, as my father and his brothers played in that band, Im looking for old photos, any history that any one has, My fathers name Leo Kelly and his brothers Ray Kelly, and Sean Kelly. Thanks, Joe O'Kelly.


Name:  denis brackett
Email: susanmcaveety@google.com
Date:  25 Apr 2009

Comments: where can i find a  dvd of the joe mac and the dixes


Name:  john o' neill
Email: tizorown@aol.com
Date:  24 Apr 2009

Comments: Thank you so much for the wonderful music you  gave us back in the sixtys, i just wish you were back on stage again. I live in the uk now but i still remember the good days back in Kilkenny i just wish they would come back again. Thank you all for  the good times i had there. T.C and god bless you all  JOHN


Name:  hannah anderson
Email: hannah-anderson@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  23 Apr 2009

Comments: Great web site. Fantasic to see so many old photos and the more recent, of Dale Haze and The Champions. Good Luck to you all with your reunion.


Name:  Val
Email: jesuis.val@googlemail.com
Date:  23 Apr 2009

Comments: I have enjoyed viewing this site. I am try to track down am artist whom I had an LP of years ago; he went under the name of Valentino and played the Cordovox. One LP was titled 'The Cordovox Magic of Valentino'.  Information on the man is limited, I have discovered he's an Irishman living in England but that's about all I've managed to find out.  i would love to locate his music. Many thanks. Val


Name:  Caroline Walshe
Email: carolinewalshe@gmail.com
Date:  22 Apr 2009

Comments: Shaun, you look as good as you ever did


Name:  Gabriel Duffin
Email: gduffin@comcast.net
Date:  22 Apr 2009

Comments: Hi Brendan, Gabriel here, hope all is well and you are still doing a gig or two. I have been living in California for the last 10 years. I still get in touch with Jimmy Hughes now and again.Hello Mary, Hope all is well, and I'm sure that you and Daniel are still working together. I'm doing fine, living in California for the last 10 years, and have my own band up and running. 6 piece band covering 60's and 70's rock music. Hope to here from you.......Gabriel


Name:  roche
Email: harvest17@dublin.ie
Date:  22 Apr 2009

Comments: i am a trumpet player who played in showbands and am still playing at the moment in different bands and am very keen in keeping up with news of old friends and players and this site helps me


Name:  David McClean
Email: david.dmcclean@wanadoo.co.uk
Date:  21 Apr 2009

Comments:

Hi I am en old member of the College Boys Showband and have just come across an old photograph of the original band-how can I send it to yo?? david


Name:  Liam Kielthy
Email: hilly@myway.com
Date:  19 Apr 2009

Comments: Hey, anyone out there remember a band called the Skyliners from Dublin, who had to change name to the Airliners, because  the FED already had a registered Skyliners. Same band and members jumped into the New Young Shadows and then onto The Millionaires shoes around 1969 or so. Any of you out there ex members of that band? Mick, Noel, Joey, Maurice, Paddy, Ossie Jimmy or any other member that played with us<<. Good site by the way, I did find 2 *fotos* of one band I played in, SHAFT, if anyone remembers it. Thanks


Name:  joe balmer
Email: t123chokie@aol.com
Date:  17 Apr 2009

Comments: hi joe balmer here the gutarist loved looking at the pictures  i would love to hear from anyone involved in this picture regards joe balmer.


Name:  Ann Osborne
Email: ann.osborne@dhhs.tas.gov.au
Date:  16 Apr 2009

Comments: imagine my surprise when talking to a woman at Salamanca Market in Hobart, Tasmania to find out that Ivan McBride was living in Hobart!!!!  I used to travel to dances with the "Shyrocket" (and later "Rockets) and occasionally handle their fan mail.   Couldn't believe it when I found out where Ivan lived .... 3 minutes drive from my house..... we met up again for the first time in 40 years ... and talked non stop for about three hours, reminiscing and catching up on old times.    What an amazingly small world we live in in Tasmania!!!!!!!  


Name:  St Leger Family
Email: Katestleger@gmail.com
Date:  16 Apr 2009

Comments: Family of Chris St Leger


Name:  ray millar
Email: ray@wamshow.biz
Date:  15 Apr 2009

Comments: Hi, I was with The Strand Showband and also Margo and the Marvettes before becoming a relatively successful theatrical agent in the UK and in South Africa.  A lot of N.I. musicians and entertainers went to South Africa for me and quite a few of them are still there. My main purpose of this entry is to talk about one of the greatest supporters of music and entertainment in Belfast and surrounding areas, namely Dermot O'Donnell.  He owned The Queens Court in Bangor and also The Abercorn Club in Belfast. A lot of you will know of these places and will have worked in them. His efforts kept live entertainment in Belfast City Centre when everyone else had given up.  He sadly passed away about 18 months ago.  If anyone remembers and cares to post their thoughts it would be great. I know that Trixie and Trevor Burns might have something to say. Great site and keep up the good work.  Ray


Name:  Caroline Walshe
Email: abustin@eircom.net
Date:  15 Apr 2009

Comments: Simply the best.


Name:  Gerry Costello
Email: gerry@gerrycostello.ie
Date:  12 Apr 2009

Comments: Just came across this site last night. Great to see it and amazed at the names that I have seen here that are no longer about. Bobby Murphy (RIP) was just one that I had not heard about. Knew him well when he played with Dickie Rock and Ronan Collins was Drummer (after PJ Coyne left). In the 90's I played here in Galway with Margaret & Sean Gorham (she was Murphy of the Swallows) and she still lives here in Co Galway. I will send on some old band pics I have here if they are of any help and I will give you some more info on some people from this region also. Great to see a comprehensive effort and a worthy site to an era and to the people that gave so much entertainment when Ireland was not such a great place to live in.  Well done !!!!


Name:  Eddie Fitzgerald
Email: eddie-fitzgerald@hotmail.com
Date:  10 Apr 2009

Comments: Hi all, I think this is a wonderful web site and it is lovely to read all the comments. Eddie Fitzgerald, (bass) "Gina Dale Haze and the Champions"


Name:  Eze Naija
Email: eze2000@yahoo.com
Date:  09 Apr 2009

Comments: oh what a lovely site like this pls keep up the good work.


Name:  Edward Travers
Email: theboss@utvinternet.ie
Date:  07 Apr 2009

Comments: Hello everybody I was road manager with the Gentry showband. If you remember them and would like to reminisce or receive a photo you can e-mail me kind regards


Name:  Karl Compton
Email: karlcom2002@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  07 Apr 2009

Comments: Regret to inform you of the death yesterday 06 April 2009 of Frankie Murray formerly of the Capitol Showband. Truly one of the finest guitarists ever to grace the showband stage.


Name:  Phoebe Mc bride
Email: bebe10@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  07 Apr 2009

Comments:

HEY grandad u r lookin fine. hehe. Frankie is my Grandad. Yeah, he's so cooool!


Name:  seamus mc kenna
Email: smk@eircom.net
Date:  06 Apr 2009

Comments: Frankie Murray ex Capitol Showband died today RIP


Name:  Helen McEvoy
Email: amcevoy.mcevoy13@gmail.com
Date:  05 Apr 2009

Comments: Hi, I'm Nick McEvoy's daughter and I was delighted to see his name on this site, Its lovely that he is remembered and it means alot.  Thank you.


Name:  Sean Hussey
Email: thehuzz@gmail.com
Date:  01 Apr 2009

Comments: Great site. Brings back many great memories. Anyone know where I could contact an old bandmate, Alan Roche? We played with Mattie Fax and the Grassroots and later with brian Harkin. Keep up the good work.


Name:  Theo de Vries
Email: info@theodevries.com
Date:  29 Mar 2009

Comments: I´m living with my wife and two daughters in Germany, the economy in Spain was to bad so I quit.
I am working as a entertainer / Jazz singer now, in Holland and Germany. I buy a wonthetf ull new Korg keyboard.
I think in these bad times its better to work alone, Its cheeper, not so nice as with my band but I need to have work. Greeting, Theo de Vries


Name:  paddy purcell
Email: cloghpaddy@yahoo.ie
Date:  28 Mar 2009

Comments: I loved the royal showband travelled all over to see them great years


Name:  Samantha O Neill
Email: samieoneill@gmail.com
Date:  27 Mar 2009

Comments: The proud daughter of Arthur O Neill, I´m talentless by the way. My Dad still plays the sax thanks for sharing!


Name:  George Allen
Email: george.allen56@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  27 Mar 2009

Comments: Hi great site i used to see many showbands in manchester in mid 60s i have been a mary duff fan now for some years going too as many cocerts as i can i wonder if anybody has any info on her pre 1987
especialy with jukebox and any photos please email me many thanks george


Name:  Oliver Buckley
Email: ob123@eircom.net
Date:  27 Mar 2009

Comments: I went to see Sean Dunphy last night at the National Concert Hall he was really on fire an amazing performance all the old songs he sang and the fans also joined in,what a voice he has as good as ever,keep it up Sean All the best Oliver Buckley West Cork


Name:  ronnie carr
Email: robcarr2@blueyonder.co.uk
Date:  27 Mar 2009

Comments: Great site,brings back wonderful memories of the showbands.Especially Joe Dolan,the Miami and lots more.Keep up the good work of not letting people forget this wonderful era.


Name:  Benny white
Email: bennywhite969@hotmail.com
Date:  24 Mar 2009

Comments: Hi there and saying hi to everyone I know, that (may) know me. Benny.


Name:  margaret petrie inverurie
Email: jackmargpetrie@aol.com
Date:  24 Mar 2009

Comments: thanks for the memories I remember seeing the Paddy McGarr Showband when they visited Inverurie in the 60s it was always one of the high lights of the year when Paddy was playing in the area.


Name:  maria
Email: m_ogbuka@yahoo.com
Date:  20 Mar 2009

Comments: hi all, do any of you know where i can get cd or dvd of dj curtin and the kerry blues, i had known them along time ago, and still my favourate. i just bought dj's cd here in galway. looking foeward in getting word from anyone. maria


Name:  sandra Murphy
Email: smurphy9@aol.com
Date:  17 Mar 2009

Comments: I am trying to locate Frank Coughlan, a musician from Dublin.  I believe he grew up in the Finglas East area, but moved to Howth (or close to it) in the late 70's.  He would be approximately 58 years old.  Please let me know if you have any information regarding Frank (who I knew as Fran). Thank you. Sandy Murphy


Name:  Gerry Curran
Email: curranstein@hotmail.com
Date:  17 Mar 2009

Comments: Good evening to the 'Checker' . My name is Gerry Curran and you have an article by me on the History of Hilltown INF Hall on your site. Could you put the following on the guest comment line for me. Many thanks.
The website is getting better as the years go past and it is wonderful to read the comments from past showband members. I would like to inform all those showband  members that played in Hilltown INF Hall, Co Down that there was a book launched last year celebrating the life of the Hall since it opened in 1957. It was unbelievable the number of bands and stars that played in the hall. If your band played in the hall the dates are recorded.
For frther information please contact me. Gerry Curran


Name:  patrick McInerney
Email: a124pat@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  17 Mar 2009

Comments: back again  still looking for any details of the royal showband  and   BRENDAN BOWYER  any photos     posters   etc  dates  when in IRELAND   many thanks to all friends of this site   for sending me details


Name:  warren knght
Email: warren.jazz@googlemail.com
Date:  15 Mar 2009

Comments: A very interesting site. St. Albans England


Name:  Aidan and Ann Walsh
Email: aejwalsh10@hotmail.com
Date:  15 Mar 2009

Comments: Enjoyed Sandy Kelly's late late app.last night.we are both huge fans for a long time.we are also lifelong fans of johny cash.saw him live in dublin. many years ago. love all her songs especially patsy clyne numbers.she's a fantastic talent best wishes. aidan and anne


Name:  nuala flanagan
Email: nualayoung49@yahoo.com
Date:  14 Mar 2009

Comments: DJ Curtin and the Kerry Blues were a great showband and I knew them very well .We followed them all over the country .to most of their gigs.They were the best days of our lives.I shoud think they would still remember all of us .Angela,Ita andmyself Nuala.Hope to see more information on your site.


Name:  john 'puck' murphy
Email: murphj818@yahoo.com
Date:  14 Mar 2009

Comments: Sorry to hear about B Scully. Great bass player     murph


Name:  Jason McAuley
Email: jason.mccauley@ntlworld.com
Date:  12 Mar 2009

Comments:
Son of peter McAuley the fiddle player in American Express


Name:  Billy Gibson
Email: bill12@iprimus.com.au
Date:  10 Mar 2009

Comments: Hi its been a year since I last signed the guest book. Still living in Sydney Australia still performing is there anybody out there from my Band the Crescendos  later to become The Olimpic Five toured England from 1964 untill 1968 would love to hear from anyone from the good old days Keep up the good work on this great webb site. Billy Gibson. Sydney. Australia


Name:  Marie Kathleen
Email: mariesarna@hotmail.com
Date:  10 Mar 2009

Comments: Patricia, for many years I and my sister Eileen danced to your father's music.  We especially loved to hornpipe to Harvest Home or Kildare Fancy.  To this day it is the BEST ceili music we have ever heard.  As a matter of fact, our niece will be married this November and I have been searching hi and low to find the Copley recording of his BEST album, in my opinion, "At an Irish Ceili   Songs and Dances by Malachy Sweeney and His Ceili Group"  I hear the music in my head but would love to be able to actually play it, either CD, cassette or even LP (I can find someone to convert it to CD). Can you or anyone out there help?  He played B Y FAR the best ceili music I have ever heard!  this is a GREAT website and I have enjoyed reading all of the comments.  makes me feel like home!  thank you. Marie K.


Name:  Mick Cadden
Email: mcadden1@gmail.com
Date:  10 Mar 2009

Comments: Just after reading about the Cotton Mill Boys,this is a great webb page, i think there should be more of this, there was loads of great irish bands, thanks for the memories.keep up the good work.


Name:  marian burke
Email: marianjbburke@yahoo.ie
Date:  09 Mar 2009

Comments: i think it is a brilent web sitelovely loking at the bands  very well put to gethe r it brought back som ovely memoris i met my husband at a dance37 yers ago thank yee for puting souch a brilent web sit to gether


Name:  Joe Spoons Duffy
Email: joeduffy@spansurf.com
Date:  09 Mar 2009

Comments: Iv'e been living in Ibiza for nearly 40 years.........I have an Irish Pub called JOE SPOONS in San Antonio.........I sang with ...JUDGE JOE AND THE JURY in early 60s...then Carling Showband ........then Jimmy Johnston Showband..................It's great to be able to look up some of my friends from the Irish showband scene after all these years..................keep up the good work.................I see trixie Hamilton is still playing gigs...fair play to you Trixie give Tony Morelli and the boys my regards....also big Roy Cane see you in Millisle next trip home...........Joe


Name:  orlasweeney
Email: orlasweeney30@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  09 Mar 2009

Comments: i love the showbands


Name:  martin  kelly
Email: martin.cosmic.dancer@gmail.com
Date:  07 Mar 2009

Comments: Hi, gay woods did not retire in 1988, she and trevor knight played as a duo till 1990. in the mid nintees gay was asked to join steeleye span again. she made one album with them and maddy prior called HOME, she then went on to make 2 more as the lead singer with them called HORKSTWO GRANGE and BEDLAM BORN,   she left in the early 00,s. she is planning a solo album.


Name:  Orla O'Brien
Email: oobie@02.ie
Date:  06 Mar 2009

Comments: Great web site. In case you don't know, Dickie Rock is playing at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa on Sunday 15th March - I got my tickets from Reception in the hotel, don't think they are selling them anywhere else and they are flying out the door. Am sure it will be a great night. Orla


Name:  Jim Kennedy
Email: jimkennedy48@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  06 Mar 2009

Comments: Great site. Happy days in the Flamingo Ballroom in Ballymena


Name:  francie quinn
Email: fqeffort@aol.com
Date:  06 Mar 2009

Comments: Sad to report the death of jimmy devlin who was the sax player with the grafton showband from cookstown.


Name:  Harry Trixie Hamilton
Email: harryhamilton3@btinternet.co.uk
Date:  05 Mar 2009

Comments: In answer to 'Where are they now?" in the Dave Glover story - I'm still gigging with ex Glover men Gerry Rice and Tony Morelli.    Incidentally, I wasn't with Glover in '53.  I was with Fred Hanna and then Johnny Quigley before swapping jobs with Jackie Flavelle to join the Glover band in 1961.  Gerry, Rice, Joe Clarke, Harry Mitchell, Andy Wilson, George Mullen, Walter Maitland and I went on to form The Witnesses Bandshow and toured the world.  We had some of the fame and none of the fortune! Good website - well done Trixie


Name:  jimmy bourke
Email: jimmybourke@hotmail.com
Date:  04 Mar 2009

Comments: great site  brings back many happy memories of very special music played by The Royal Showband, The Miamie Showband.and other top showbands which played at the ballroom dromkeen nr limerick.


Name:  denis niblock
Email: thread18@hotmail.com
Date:  01 Mar 2009

Comments: as a young boy i  used to visit   joe of the martells  showband when i was only learning the guitar when he lived in the grosvenor rd area .i  often wonder  is he still playing  .


Name:  anita fagan bergauer
Email: abergauer@sympatico.ca
Date:  01 Mar 2009

Comments: I am Sean Fagans daughter and I have to tell you, I love this site. My Dad lookks and sounds as good as ever. It is alwaya a good time when we get him singing the old songs from those days mixed wtih the othere tunes he sings so well. Is there anyway for me to copy and paste some of these pics to a Facebook site I have for him? Thanks for the time you put in to this great site. Regards, Anita Fagan Bergauer


Name:  Tommy Rome
Email: cybertom47@comcast.net
Date:  01 Mar 2009

Comments: Great web site.  Performed in Vegas as a showband in the 1970s and this brings back so many good memories.  Thanks for the work.


Name:  belinda mcCullagh
Email: belindamac@optonline.net
Date:  27 Feb 2009

Comments: Its wonderful to be able to see my dad, Danny Pearse on this website but where are the pictures of the dancers from the Stardust days in Las Vegas


Name:  Christy Power
Email: bunmahonmines@googlemail.com
Date:  26 Feb 2009

Comments: It's a great site. It is nice to see the old photos. I was with the Atlantic Showband.I am still at the music . I still have my old Burns Guitar. keep up the good work.


Name:  Pat Walsh
Email: ginaandthechampions@hotmail.com
Date:  25 Feb 2009

Comments: Congrats on a great web site. Keep up the good work.
Just to let you know, there's a possible reunion tour of Gina Dale Haze and the Champions on the horizon.
I'll keep in touch. Pat


Name:  Kymedic
Email: ky.medic@yahoo.com
Date:  21 Feb 2009

Comments: Very nice site love it my mom came from ireland


Name:  Thomas Walsh
Email: brosewalshband@eircom.net
Date:  19 Feb 2009

Comments: What a great history of the good old days and nights in the 60 &70  . What great bands we had in Ireland. They can never be repeated.


Name:  Roy  Kane
Email: rbrtjkan@aol.com
Date:  18 Feb 2009

Comments: Yeh! Like you guys are really making me feel my age. From skiffle group 1958 Danie Sands and the Javalins, morphed into Thunderbolts then butterflied into Monarchs Showband (Belfast version) toured Germany 1963. Then Silhouttes Showband in Romanoes and Irish tours, my my, seams like only 46 years ago. Still have the Rogers Drum kit I bought when I came back, although others followed, I kept it as a momento. It's weird when I look back and realise I'm the last guy alive in several of the bands I played in. A well, time for cocoa and bed. If somebody raps your front door and knocking speeds up, bet you its a drummer wanting in. Good luck to anybody still alive who knows me. Regards, Roy Kane, Millisle, Co.Down


Name:  davy bell  (larne)
Email: david@belldavid5.wanadoo.co.uk
Date:  17 Feb 2009

Comments: Spent many happy nights with this mob, all good friends, danced all around the country, happy day,s


Name:  Jan Crawford
Email: jan.crawford050@sympatico.ca
Date:  15 Feb 2009

Comments:  Very interesting.  My grandmother was a relative of Mick Delahunty and danced with his band at one point before she came to Canada at age 17.  She also knew Carmel Quinn and had her visit her when she came to Canada years ago. 


Name:  pete kinsey
Email: pete_kinsey@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  14 Feb 2009

Comments: Still have many happy memories would love to hear especially from anyone in The Nevada, they were the complete showband, nice bunch of people, good singers and musicians, also anyone who was in New Blues, including Jon Mcmanus  a good friend of mine, who later joined the Cotton Mill Boys.New Blues were an excellent band who  were a good pop/ country band.Fans of the above bands are welcome to email me as well, so look forward to your emails.Thank you Gerry for such a brillant site. Best Wishes Pete in Leicestershire .


Name:  Kellie (Eagleton) Buono
Email: ronbuono@comcast.net
Date:  14 Feb 2009

Comments: Hi!  My name is Kellie Buono and my father was Kevin Eagleton.  To update your website my father past away May 2nd 2003.  I am so glad I found this on your website.  It is nice to look back at this and see how much music meant to my father.  Thank You for doing this. Kellie Buono


Name:  Vera Lane
Email: lane.vera@yahoo.com
Date:  14 Feb 2009

Comments: Hi i am looking for 2  beautiful songs by ROLY DANIELS.. My wild mountan Rose.. And Sunny Tennissee.. can anybody out there help me please. Vera Lane..


Name:  John Fitzpatrick
Email: windowar@aol.com
Date:  13 Feb 2009

Comments: I wonder where Jonny Browne from the 'Fred' Curley Band is right now?


Name:  TOMMY BREEN
Email: tommybreen@hotmail.es
Date:  13 Feb 2009

Comments: GREAT TO SEE ONE OF OUR OLD PHOTOS HERE OF BORU FROM 1989..... DO U HAVE ANYTHING MORE ON THE BAND?


Name:  dave fleming
Email: davyfleming@hotmail.com
Date:  13 Feb 2009

Comments: great site keep up the good work


Name:  frank dunne.mag grimes
Email: fdunne1@o2.ie
Date:  13 Feb 2009

Comments: get off the stage tony, give us a song.


Name:  lLiam O'Leary
Email: liam@liamolearymusic.com
Date:  12 Feb 2009

Comments: Graet effort hope you have great success with this undertaking. Liam


Name:  pearse connolly
Email: pearsemconnolly@gmail.com
Date:  12 Feb 2009

Comments: great page, i would really like to know how i could hear or see some recordings the late mick conn was involved with. so if anyone knows of any...........


Name:  Mr  Larry OBrien
Email: larry_obrien@hotmail.com
Date:  04 Feb 2009

Comments: This is a treat to come accross on the website and to see some of the great irish artists of the showband days in ireland many great memories of what music was and as they played throughout ireland sadly we dont here their music any more our national radio stations are not interested in playing that material and as for our irish country music you wont here much of that either however local stations give the artists air play and probally help in that way.Well done keep up the good work on this website. Thank You. Yours Sincerely. Larry.O'Brien


Name:  Tony Neenan
Email: campyman@verizon.net
Date:  11 Feb 2009

Comments: I Googled my name just for fun and found out that there was a guy named Tony Neenan who played trumpet in The Arrivals. I was really shocked since I have been a professional trumpet player for 40 years and have been touring with Broadway shows for the last 10 years out of New York City and my name is Tony Neenan .  What is even more of a coincidence is that I performed with a 9 piece show band in the USA for 20 years called "The Admirals"  .... very similar name to The Arrivals ... I wonder what city the Irish Tony Neenan was from. I believe
I read that he is deceased.  Anyone having more info send me an email. Thanks, Tony Neenan Baltimore Maryland, USA


Name:  clive buttle.. "moose"
Email: cherylin.buttle@tesco.net
Date:  11 Feb 2009

Comments: My name is Clive Buttle or otherwise known as MOOSE. I played in the old show bands back in the 60's. I played in the John Ross band the original band that toured Mexico this band was originated from The Palms and the The Transits. I also played in various groups such as Peter's People and Pink Pages. I am currently looking for any of my old band mates and friends such as st John Connelly, Norman Teeling, Noel Bridgeman, Garry Moore, Louis Stewart, Bob Highland, Reggie Dunne, Donald and Robert Scott, Billy and Desi Hopkins, Desi Moore, Desi Reynolds and many more. If anybody knows how i can find any of these people I would be greatly appreciative of you contacting me via my daughters email above.  thanks kindly all...


Name:  aoife!
Email: aoaoife2@gmail.com
Date:  10 Feb 2009

Comments: hi! im Gina's god daughter! love the songs! keep playing! lotsa love,  aoife!xxx


Name:  JOE MC LAUGHLIN
Email: JOEMAC226@LIVE.COM
Date:  09 Feb 2009

Comments: GREAT SITE,WOULD TO HEAR MORE RE DERRY BANDS


Name:  oliver craughwell
Email: olivercraughwell@gmail.com
Date:  09 Feb 2009

Comments: this web site brings back great memories of the of the showband days. Thank you for a great web site.


Name:  Gerry Brown
Email: Browg9@aol.com
Date:  08 Feb 2009

Comments: Hi folks. I was listening to the radio the other night and a song came on, I take it, it must be your new single, it's called (The Story I Told You Is True). It's an old time waltz and a lovely song, I was listing to the radio today Sunday 08/02/09 and I heard the same song again. I want to congratulate you on this lovely song. I used to love your Daddy's girl as well, which you relished a few years ago. Do you remember the aul times, with the marque's they used to be great, most GAA club had a carnival for a week, then usually on the Sunday night the carnival would finish up with a in the marquee. I like Declan Ernie's song, marquee in drumlish it was about the good aul days. Anyhow keep up the good work. Your website is simple and easy to understand thanks. Keep it country yeh ha...Gerry Brown


Name:  BERNARDINE MCGAURAN
Email: BERNARDINE.MCGAURAN@GMAIL.COM
Date:  07 Feb 2009

Comments: Hi. I was unfortunately was born too late to enjoy this era.  My parents would attend dances and bring home to me autographed pictures of the bands.  One I vividly remember is Teddy Palmer and the Rumble band.  What has happened to this band or where are they now....... ??  Excellent website... Think its important to keep reminding people of this great era of music in Ireland. Regards Bernardine


Name:  Paul Mulholland
Email: Paul.mulholland@northerntrust .hscni.net
Date:  06 Feb 2009

Comments: I played in The Red Barons1968-70, the Young Stars from 1970- 73, The Glen Country !972- 75 .76   The original members were all from the village of Armoy - Ballycastle Co Antrim and were in all three bands I had two brothers, and there were two members who were cousins of each other, We use to rehearse in the Quay Road hall Ballycastle where some  may recognise as it was a friday night venue where most showbands played in the 60s and 70s  the first showband i ever heard was the Clipper Carlton in the Quay Road hall in 1968. I was 16 and I will never forget the expereince the sound and atmosphere of a packed dance hall   I was too young to be there, but I was hooked from then on Your website brings back some very happy memories of the showband days keep up the good work Paul Mulholland


Name:  johnroberts
Email: johnrobertsesquire@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  05 Feb 2009

Comments: hi.des.hurley.transitshowband.1969.lead.vocal.was.he.redhurleys.brother.is.stil.around.john


Name:  TONY WARDE
Email: TONYWRD5@GMAIL.COM
Date:  04 Feb 2009

Comments: JUST NEW TO THE SITE  I  WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE SHOWBANDS AROUND THE WEST OF IRELAND


Name:  john cotter
Email: keiferenterprises@gmail.com
Date:  04 Feb 2009

Comments: really fab site,brings back great memories,wondering is it possible to get cotton mill boys on cd


Name:  Gary Moore
Email: forkliftpartsco@aol.com
Date:  03 Feb 2009

Comments: A lot of effort has gone into this great website. My late Dad (Butch Moore) would be thrilled with all the content you have on here. I now believe he was part of something quite special back then in the 60's. He'll always be missed but I feel very fortunate that he has left his music behind for us to listen to... 
Again well done on your achievement, your site is the biz! Kind Regards Gary


Name:  Ursula Caffarey
Email: ursulacaffarey@aol.com
Date:  02 Feb 2009

Comments: I knew Brendan Flynne when he lived in London. He was very talented. I was very sorry when he died - I only wish he got back into the band. Sadly they are all missed and I pray for them often. They were a wonderful band but I can't get their records. God Bless all of You


Name:  John Costello
Email: jon.costelloe@ntloworld.com
Date:  31 Jan 2009

Comments:

Hi  Enjoyed your website - lots of interesting info and memories  Just wondered - is there a website facility and/or some way of viewing the spotlight top 20 charts for each week during the 60's and 70's ? Please advise
Many Thanks  John Costello

Answer: www.irishcharts.ie


Name:  Lynda Stokes
Email: Lynda.Stokes@getronics.com
Date:  29 Jan 2009

Comments: Was this the Frupp that played at Nuneaton High School for Grls, Warwickshire in '73 / '74? We were all in awe that night - you were such Gods!


Name:  bill cleary
Email: bcleary@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  29 Jan 2009

Comments: Very good site brings back a lot of memories


 

Name:  Liam Kielthy
Email: hilly@myway.com
Date:  28 Jan 2009

Comments: Great page  ppl, I had memories brought back to me from the hey days of the Showbands, as I was member of a few of them....... thank you


Name:  Patrick McInerney
Email: a124pat@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  28 Jan 2009

Comments: once again thanks a million  for a great site   found lots of details etc on your  web pages       thank you Patrick McInerney.


Name:  Cheryl A Miller
Email: plammappy@gmail.com
Date:  26 Jan 2009

Comments: Hi, just stopped by.  Going to read up and hopefully have something good to say.


Name:  Tony Dee
Email: tosh_thedude@yahoo.com
Date:  26 Jan 2009

Comments: I would be very greatful if somebody could let me know where I'd get 'The Black Aces' album. My girlfriend was a big fan back in the day, and Its her birthday soon and I would love to get her this as a small suprise. Many Thanks , Tony


Name:  Billy Hoare
Email: billyhoare@eircom.net
Date:  24 Jan 2009

Comments: played bass guitar with the barrow boys. favourite band clipper carlton


Name:  Joseph King
Email: josephk@live.ie
Date:  23 Jan 2009

Comments: Saw T R in Kerry Had a Great night hes singing better then ever janurary 2009


Name:  Matt Fitzgerald
Email: irishrm@juno.com
Date:  23 Jan 2009

Comments: Where have my ears been that they have not heard [or at least benn aware of] these wonderful singersw until just the other day.


Name:  bobby forsythe
Email: bobforsythe@btinternet.com
Date:  20 Jan 2009

Comments: Hi just to let you know a great musician passed away on friday 16/1/09  NED McCrudden . BOBBY FORSYTHE


Name:  candi of dynamite
Email: carny2@gmail.com
Date:  20 Jan 2009

Comments: nice to see photo of candi and dynamite cant believe i was that young thanks for the remainder ps. who put the photo in


Name:  Janette Keane
Email: janettekeane@yahoo.com
Date:  20 Jan 2009

Comments: Hi Sean,I'm really hoping and praying you will read this.I'm Vinnie Keane's eldest daughter.I'm new to the internet and tried to get in touch with Eamom and your son Brian but no reply.Please contact me soon as I would love to hear from you,x x x


Name:  Janette Keane
Email: janettekeane@yahoo.com
Date:  20 Jan 2009

Comments: Hi Earl, I'm really hoping you will read this.I've tried getting in touch with Eamon and Sean's son Brian but all in vein. I'm Vinnie Keane eldest daughter and just knew to the internet. Please contact me soon,x x x


Name:  Martin Morris
Email: mjmorris7359@hotmail.com
Date:  17 Jan 2009

Comments: Your website brings back memories of times @ the Hanger in Galway. Now living in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania


Name:  Dennis Tredinnick
Email: dentre1@comcast.net
Date:  15 Jan 2009

Comments: I just wanted to see and read something about the group "Liffey Folk"   I hear about them from a friend.


Name:  John O'Dowd
Email: jonodowd@gmail.com
Date:  14 Jan 2009

Comments: Hi all, Just to fill you in that Im a Nephew of the late and great Johnny Lynam. I was a roadie with the band for years. now i play a one man band scene playing all the hits thta ray used to knock out. Do you want anymore info bout the hillbillies????


Name:  maria ogbuka
Email: m_ogbuka@yahoo.com
Date:  13 Jan 2009

Comments: i think the bands should come back again, when i was younger in the 1970-75 i used to go around following the band called dj and the kerry blues, they were great, i think the showband days were just great, come back again.   maria ogbuka galway


Name:  sean keogh
Email: jandmkeogh@eircom.net
Date:  13 Jan 2009

Comments: I am a former member of the gallowglass ceili band and am interested inall items related to the band. As a regular radio listener I feel the band doesn't get enough air play given the level of enjoyment that they gave during the golden era of ceili dancing.


Name:  t keating
Email: thereza.k@live.com
Date:  13 Jan 2009

Comments: show was great on sun jan 11 at the helix in dublin xxxxx


Name:  Dom
Email: kazseb@aol.com
Date:  12 Jan 2009

Comments: Hi everyone! a few words from Besancon/France; i'm a great fan (since the 8O's) of the coolest band in the world : Mama's Boys!!!!! I saw an old pic of the band with your website adress on it, so here i am !
Long live Ireland !!!! The land of The BEST ROCK BANDS EVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name:  Guyman Lomemaga
Email: guymanlomemama@yahoo.fr
Date:  11 Jan 2009

Comments: could you pass on comments to Hedly Kay. Ask him was he the person who played guitar in a group in 60s at school dance in Cabra Dublin I was member of group that played support to them. I think the name of the band was The Sandmen. Guyman.


Name:  Declan Kerr
Email: ktm_nyc@msn.com
Date:  10 Jan 2009

Comments: This is a great website for looking back at a great time in irish show business.


Name:  Francis Boyle
Email: francistrisha@gmail.com
Date:  10 Jan 2009

Comments: The best band that ever to come out of Ireland


Name:  dermot rafferty
Email: killavil@msn.com
Date:  09 Jan 2009

Comments: I lived in Co Sligo till the mid 80's and really enjoyed all the memories that Peter Harkins collection brought back to me. Thanks for this. Dermot


Name:  Lorraine TF Merritt
Email: lorrainemerritt@live.co.uk
Date:  09 Jan 2009

Comments: would like to contact Marie Grehan Clarke if anyone kowns her where abouts lost contact few yeares ago would like to kown she and John are well back in IRELAND


Name:  Basil Corey
Email: basil.corey@stucorey.co.uk
Date:  09 Jan 2009

Comments: I am a old man  brings back memories        thank you


Name:  Lisa Walsh
Email: walshmary202@yahoo.ie
Date:  08 Jan 2009

Comments: I am so happy to see my father, Robbie Walsh's photo and it's lovely that he's been remembered for what he did best-music. Thanks to everyone involved, Love Lisa.


Name:  Rick. Pearson
Email: pearsonpottery@tiscali.co.uk
Date:  08 Jan 2009

Comments: I was at Nottingham Art College in the sixties with Al O,Donnal. I have met him only once or twice since and I would like very much to contact him again for oldtime sakes. Please mention Rog. Norman, Al. Atkinson and Jon Steele Thanks


Name:  Franki Pigott (Lewis)
Email: fglewis@eircom.net
Date:  07 Jan 2009

Comments: Many thanks to Johnny Fennessy for posting the photo of my Dad in the Odeon showband , he is gone 13 years this year, RIP. Very Best wishes, Frankie Pigott


Name:  Susan Ward
Email: susanhutton@dublin.ie
Date:  07 Jan 2009

Comments: I have a student who used to perform in an Irish showband. He is interested in researching the Band his father used to be in - any ideas of websites for this? Is there a network/club/society of people who used to perform in the showbands which he could contact? He is currently in sheltered accommodation.


Name:  Gerry Nolan
Email: info@kravmagathailand.com
Date:  07 Jan 2009

Comments: Hello: I am really enjoying reading this Irish ShowBand web site from over in Thailand where I now live, & along way "Back to Castleblayney on the Shores of Lough Muckno" Today as a young lad in my mid 30's-its great to read up on and era & read up on fun stories, yarns & insder stories & many interesting things re Irish ShowBand scene i heard from a child & through my life... Why? Both my parents were very much involved in this amazing Irish ShowBand era As my father Mick Nolan was manager of showbands  bands & ballrooms & my mother Singer in Ireland & International called Anna Mc Goldrick


Name:  Anita O'Loughlin
Email: anitaoloughlin@eircom.net
Date:  06 Jan 2009

Comments: Thrilled to see a picture of my late Aunt, Anita Cronin.  She was the lead singer with The Johnny McMahon Band for a number of years and grew up with Johnny and his wife, Kathleen in Catherine Street, Limerick.  Anita went on to play with the Ivy Benson All Girl Band from the UK.  She also had her own Jazz Band in Saigon, where she lived for a number of years with her husband, Robert, who was in the American Forces.  Sadly, Anita passed away last year.  Lucky me to be called after her (My mum, June, idolised her!)


Name:  S.Clarke
Email: sal_clarke@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  05 Jan 2009

Comments: Hi there. I'm looking for any info on Frank Kilbride of Dermot Henry and the Virginians. Could anyone who knows anything about him please post on the guest book or email me? Thanks & love the site!


Name:  breda thorpe
Email: bredathorpe@yaho.ie
Date:  05 Jan 2009

Comments: love your web site.


Name:  Mirna
Email: maxus@hotmail.com
Date:  05 Jan 2009

Comments: Johnny Logan is the best!!! 


Name:  carol kelehan
Email: carolk@utvinternet.com
Date:  05 Jan 2009

Comments: Great to see the pete stuart orchestra pic. - can't believe that it was so long ago.  Thanks


Name:  Eddie McGinley
Email: edmacg@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  04 Jan 2009

Comments: Just came upon your website, and find it very interesting and informative.  Nice to see the name of my old group   ' The Tinkers ' listed, but sorry to see ' unknown beside it.  We got together in London in 1964, Gerry Fox, David Burke, my brother Barney and myself ,Eddie McGinley.  We opened a Folk club called The Tinkers Club in Hampstead and were resident there for a number of years while also doing spots around London and elsewhere in Britain. My brother, Barney left the group in 1965, and was replaced by Mick Flynn.  I left in 1966 and formed a showband with my brother called  ' The Glocamorra Seven ' . and we were resident band at an Irish dancehall in Leytonstone called The Inisfail Club.   During that time we were host to many of the showbands of the day, and the names on your list bring back a lot of memories.  I am pressed for time at the moment but would like to continue the story shortly.  Happy new year , Eddie 


Name:  vera Lane
Email: lane.vera@yahoo.com
Date:  04 Jan 2009

Comments: I am looking for a copy of the song.. I'm little but there's lots of me to love.. it was sung by Johnny Dawson.. johnny was with the Brendan shine band. I've searched high up and low down and cant find it.. i'm pulling my hair out because i cant find it.. somebody out there help me please. Vera Lane..


Name:  Joe Feely
Email: j.j.feely@btinternet.com
Date:  04 Jan 2009

Comments: Seeing, Mick,Kid and Colm brought back lots of happy memories of the old days back home


Name:  billy bullman
Email: billybullman@sapo.pt
Date:  02 Jan 2009

Comments: the music was great, never to be forgotten


Name:  johnny morton
Email: jmorton@telkom.net
Date:  02 Jan 2009

Comments: see im in here under Beltona Showband. also played with the Hurricanes. also very good friends with the Trefor Owens band. Traveled with a band called Shades of Green doing the American bases. have lived in Durban South Africa since 1974. Love your intereating site. So many memories of the great showband era. Keep up the good work. happy new year from Durban. regards Johnny


Name:  Nicola Brown
Email: nicolabrown01@btinternet.com
Date:  31 Dec 2008

Comments: my dad played in the eber clarke band was looking as he said he saw as well thanks for posting


Name:  Susn Smith
Email: susansmith2101@hotmail.com
Date:  30 Dec 2008

Comments: your songs and album remind me so much of my childhood, my dad who sadly has passed loved your music. always play your vinyly album new yrs!!


Name:  dot james
Email: dorothy.james@hpa.org.uk
Date:
 30 Dec 2008

Comments: Looks pretty good


Name:  Dorothy Shiels
Email: dorothy_shiels@eircom.net
Date:  29 Dec 2008

Comments: i was wondering if anyone out there would be able to tell where i could get a c d of Gloria .she is a singer from navan co meath i have tried music shops all over no avail  .i would be gratefull for any information thank you dorothy


Name:  Paula Dunn
Email: pauladunn@cox.net
Date:  28 Dec 2008

Comments:

Hello, I recently found a lovely Irish painting in New Orleans Louisiana signed B.Brown'68. It was framed by John Magee,W.Belfast.The painting is of a man standing in a doorway having what may to be a saxophone strap over his shirt. I believe this could be a work by Billy Brown. Can you kindly put me in touch with anyone who would be knowledgeable regarding his art... And how I can purchase his music? Thank you very much, Paula


Name:  Tony Small
Email: ajsmall@artslink.co.za
Date:  28 Dec 2008

Comments: from their professional debut until april 1966 when i emigrated to south africa i was their biggest fan.what ever to joe fitzmaurice. Tony Small


Name:  Fintan Murray
Email: fintan1murray@eircom.net
Date:  28 Dec 2008

Comments: Hello all, May I say a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to  all,  I have a request to make.....  I would like any information on 2 first cousins who played in showbands. they are Jimmy MURRAY R.I.P. who played The hunters [Trim] and The Drifters with Joe Dolan R.I.P. and my other Cousin Gay Brazil who played with the Cowboys. Thank you, Fintan Murray


Name:  Mike Kennedy
Email: theblackkennedy@hotmail.com
Date:  27 Dec 2008

Comments: Hi there, I have tried to register on to your site but have failed. There is a band on site called The Fire House Five +2. I was one of the original members of the band which was based in Castlepollard County Westmeath.. The members of the band form your site picture are from left to right as follows: Larry Kennedy, P.J.Kennedy, Donie Cassidy (the Senator), yours truly Michael Kennedy, brother of P.J. and Larry, Noel Masterson, Eddie Newcombe and singer Angela Blacoe. The line up was Larry - drumbs, P.J. rhythmn guitar and trombone, Donie on trumpet, yours truly on lead guitar, Noel on base, Eddie on sax and Angela as lead vocal. As far as I know the only member of the band to pass way is my younger brother Larry(RIP) otherwise we are all in our late 50s to mid 60s. On an other note theere was another band based in Castlepollard called Eddie and the Cravats who were pretty well known about the midlands. Do oyu have any info on them. The leader was Eddie Thornton and his sister Ita  was the lead singer. I would be very interested to know if anyone has a picture or further information.


Name:  michael logan
Email: logiekgv7@orange.net
Date:  25 Dec 2008

Comments: first time visitor, happy christmas from mick in birmingham


Name:  Bernie LaBarge
Email: berniedexter@sympatico.ca
Date:  24 Dec 2008

Comments: Please say a BIG hello to my dear friend Kevin Unknown McKeown. Kevin.....send me an email. I'd love to hear from you! Bernie. Mississauga, Canada


Name:  Sara Carys O'Brien
Email: sara_o'brien@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  23 Dec 2008

Comments: Hi, i read your list of Irish bands, and came across the name of Noel O'Brien of The Trenniers, who was my grandfather. Sadly he'd passed away about nine years before i was born. But i was pleased to find his name on the list. I'm thirteen and a half and I live in South Wales, and i also like music, I play the piano and sing. 


Name:  Alan Jones
Email: alanjones2003@talktalk.net
Date:  22 Dec 2008

Comments: Hi There. Alan Jones here,  Crocket Robert Magee wrote a article  “Oceans Apart.” Well I was the manager of the “Oceans” and what he said is true I went on to manage several bands from 1962 until 1971 The Scholars, Dukes, Raydots & Flair Showbands all Belfast based. All featured Lead Vocalist Tom E King who is still performing today better han ever. Three featured Wee Harry Whitley on lead guitar who sadly passed away a few years ago. I then went to England and started another band Junior & the Jesters and played the Irish Circuit until 1978 when I retired from the scene. I think you have a great site but it`s the old story we can`t turn the clock back but it`s great to remember the good old days keep it up I do love looking in from time to time. Many Thanks Regards. Alan Jones


Name:  Patrick Curtin
Email: pgcurt2002@yahoo.com
Date:  21 Dec 2008

Comments: Any Curtins who see this, my Great Grandfather was John D. Curtin from Rock Chapel County Cork. Any relatives out there please respond.


Name:  billy
Email: gnu_gnu_gnu@hotmail.com
Date:  21 Dec 2008

Comments: john moore is alive and well living in laytown ireland with his wife and dog. actively playing music to this day. please update this info.


Name:  Patrick McInerney
Email: a124pat@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  20 Dec 2008

Comments: HI every one just found this great site   been of irish parents  born in ENGLAND   heard my first irish showband in the early 1960  been a mad BRENDAN BOWYER and royal showband  follower all them years  so any royal  fans have any  records  etc etc please contact me  many thanks for a great site


Name:  gerry howard
Email: gerry-howard@hotmail.com
Date:  17 Dec 2008

Comments: hi was on earlier forgot to mention it was picture 118  on kathleens photos i was referring to it was an 18inch x 24 inch poster and if memory serves me correct paddy burns supplied the artwork. hi kathleen smiths photo of the miami circa 66/67 was actually printed by my good self , for the more technically minded it was printed on a heidleberg kord 62 single colourprinting press in a basement printing company (the trident press ltd } on mountjoy square dublin i may still have the printing progressives . thanks for that memory kathleen. Gerry Howard.


Name:  ann hickey
Email: annhickey@rocketmail.com
Date:  15 Dec 2008

Comments: I used to see you all over london in the 70's how come i cant get any of your albums, the ones i had were lost when i moved back to Ireland


Name:  james carton
Email: jamescarton@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  14 Dec 2008

Comments: having heard this brilliant band in the 70"s i would very much like to know where i could buy their music.So sad that Colm has passed on, God bless.


Name:  rob cumberland
Email: sirbobofwaverley@hotmail.com
Date:  13 Dec 2008

Comments: remember you at vicroy dungannon


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