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Name:  val crowley
Email: valcrowleyincork@hotmail.com
Date:  30 Dec 2009

Comments: happy new  year  to  all


Name:  Nicky Brennan
Email: nbrennan094@googlemail.com
Date:  30 Dec 2009

Comments: from  navan .....played pedal steel an lead guitar with the cotton mill boys from early to mid eighty's  quite extensive uk tours some of which was up to 6 weeks. the line up was Gerry Madigan/ Charlie Arkins/ John McGrenra / Alan Barton / Sharon King, and at some era in there , was Tony  Hughes .  we had a live  show video recording from the mean fiddler in London   featuring Sharon King  which i still have also bluegrass album recorded in Slane studios   .about 1985 Charlie Arkins  and I formed a  band called " Mailtrain"  with the  introduction  of Harry Martin  from Drogheda  (lead vocals) and Pat Deegan on bass guitar and of course  excellent drummer Alan Barton.  occasionally  we had stand in musos!   I  remember  somewhere in there,  was  Eamon Flood from  Drogheda  (bass guitar) and great vocals. later on  Eamon  resided  in the  uk. I  wonder  if he ever went back to Ireland? as mail train  we recorded 2 tracks in slane studios  a side" mary dear " and the b side....well justs escapes me right now  but the ep's are here somewhere which i will post later!


Name:  Kristine
Email: krisknightberg@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  28 Dec 2009

Comments: Brill website.. so cool to see photo of my Dad of Wheatstone bridge. he looked so great and we're very proud of all he did in his life.


Name:  phil gonoude
Email: philg56@gmail.com
Date:  28 Dec 2009

Comments: tony kenny has a fantastic voice


Name:  Philip Denvir
Email: denvir@usa.net
Date:  27 Dec 2009

Comments: Phil Denvir  of Tina and the Mexicans is reporting in, live and well and currently living in Virginia.
His wife and kids are so happy to find this website and all the photos - now we believe all his stories.
Comes to Ireland once a year to visit.   He would love to hear  Alan Cranny, Mick Dunne, Ivan Pepper, Tina, and anyone else out there.


Name:  Martin Morris
Email: mjmorris7359@hotmail.com
Date:  25 Dec 2009

Comments: Antbody out there remembers the good old Hanger in Salthill and the fish and fish after the dance


Name:  mike bermingham
Email: mikebermingham1@gmail.com
Date:  21 Dec 2009

Comments: great site. looking for lp's of the freshmen. peace on earth or others


Name:  george allen
Email: george.allen56@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  20 Dec 2009

Comments: Hi fantastic site been looking for ages for one like this, i am desperate too contact david dwane of western people news and peter harkin, re photos, many thanks george Hi i live near manchester england,
i first saw these bands when they toured over here and they were great the only ones i can remember is the royals and miami, i have now started colecting them again (i'm 63!) i am also now a mary duff fan and see her as often as possible , she started as a singer with new dimention then jukebox i am desperate to get any info of her with these especially photos if you can help email


Name:  Patrick Hoye
Email: phoye2001@yahoo.com
Date:  20 Dec 2009

Comments: Great job Gerry ,the site just get;s better and bette r.We just had a big snowfall here 14" or so ,.Watching  the Patriots and Buffalo, Patriots winning 17 to 3 in the 4th. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours.  Patrick Hoye.


Name:  Ritchie Harrington
Email: richierua09@gmail.com
Date:  15 Dec 2009

Comments: Well what a fantastic site. It brings back so many memories. I still do the odd gig!


Name:  dave
Email: goo_pow@yahoo.com
Date:  15 Dec 2009

Comments: i wonder if anyone can help, i am a musician and i have searched high and low for a song by fran o toole called can't you understand, i would like to dedicate it to him, but i can;t find the song or lyrics anywhere. if anyone can help me locate the song or find the lyrics anywhere i would most appreciate it!! thank you and warmest regards Dave


Name:  mr s i john
Email: ivor80@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  15 Dec 2009

Comments: does anyone know if i can obtain the record released by Dermot Hegarty and The Painsmen called Irelands most wanted band which was released on 1969 the recordings i particularly like are The Masons Apron and The Cajun Fiddle which was played by their fiddler Owin St John, so far i have tried without sucsess to obtain this record i would be grateful if anyone can help me and find out if i can get it on c d.  Yours Faithfully Mr s i John


Name:  Paul Mc Peake
Email: peaky64@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  14 Dec 2009

Comments: It,s nice to see my old friend Shaun Magee putting a few photos on the web.One off him and Arty Moorhead,who lives with my sister Helen in Toronto brings back memories of my visits to Toronto.Nice to see also a photo of his lovely lady Cathy.


Name:  Frank Beesley
Email: Theconfederate@btinternet.com
Date:  14 Dec 2009

Comments: I used to be a friend of Noel Pender and The Peepoday Boys when they played in London probably 35 years ago. I am curious to know  if any of them are still with us (unlikely considering how we used to party). I was a particular friend of Grant Curran the guitarist and became his roadie when he left the band. After a few years I sobered up and moved out to East Anglia to complete my drying out. Happy Days!
Frank Beesley


Name:  Katie O' Leary
Email: katie.oleary@hotmail.com
Date:  10 Dec 2009

Comments: grandaughter of John Sheehan - The early Dixies (trumpet) fantastic site..love coming on to see the pictures and the work of the band!! keep it up!! grandad i love you...so proud!!RIP XxXxXxXxXx


Name:  Harvey Roche
Email: harvest.roche17@gmail.com
Date:  09 Dec 2009

Comments: I used to play with Donnie Collins and have a number of old photos which you might be interested in posting. Please let me know how to go about submitting them to you. Enjoy looking at your site. I still play the trumpet at the Marine Hotel Dun Laoghaire.


Name:  james duncan
Email: fwgolf41@msn.com
Date:  07 Dec 2009

Comments: seen you at the milton hotel fort william ,cant wait till you play at the nevis centre


Name:  peter rehill
Email: reihill-transport@lycos.com
Date:  05 Dec 2009

Comments: rember you all swan park monaghan  i am from smithboro


Name:  Thomas McQuillan
Email: tommymcquillan2010@gmail.com
Date:  02 Dec 2009

Comments: Have just recently come across your site, and as someone who grew up in the showband era, looking at photos and name of bands, and also the ballrooms brings back so many good memories, it was a wonderfull time to be young


Name:  Tommy O Flaherty
Email: tommyoflaherty@eircom.net
Date:  01 Dec 2009

Comments: Love your site,brings back so many memories,some good,some not so good.Could stay on it for hours.Keep up the good work.Beir bua agus Beannacht. T


Name:  Tom Coxworth
Email: folkroutes@shaw.ca
Date:  29 Nov 2009

Comments:
Great sight. Many thanks for sharing your great work. As a radio producer in Canada (&USA) I am alway searching for music and material to add to my programs. Tom / Producer/Folk Routes / The CKUA Radio Network
Poducer/Routes the Folk Show / XM Satalite Radio


Name:  Gina Bideau
Email: Gina _bideau@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  29 Nov 2009

Comments: Iwas a very young fan of Gerry and the Ohio in the 60, in 1966 I was 16 and had a big crush on  John Brown but know that was a no no ause he was married. I thank God for the memories that they gave us . Thank you Gerry and the Ohio love the Ohio and the royal blues  thank you for the memories


Name:  seamus mulqueen
Email: seamusmulqueen@gmail.com
Date:  27 Nov 2009

Comments: I left a message before and I complimented you on a fantastic site. I was so sad to see that so many band members have passed away. In Ennis Co Clare in the late 60s there was a showband called The Coasters Combo. It was an 8 piece band and they played in Clare Limerick Tipperary. My brother Patrick Mulqueen was the Trumpet player. Flan Mc Mahon played sax. Michael McMahon , Flans brother both dead rip, played piano accordeon. Noel Carmody, Miney Madigan and Liam Madigan,brothers were in the Coasters Combo too.I will have to search my memory for the last member. Keep up the great work. Séamus Mulqueen. Ennis, Co. Clare


Name:  mike ruane
Email: mjruane2@eircom.net
Date:  27 Nov 2009

Comments: Came across your web site by accident !! I used to play with a "relief band"\wedding band in the late sixties early seventies.I've found names i have'nt heard in years ! Keep up the good work. Mike


Name:  Kieran Boles
Email: kieranboles35@hotmail.com
Date:  24 Nov 2009

Comments: Any old photos of Accordionist Fintan Stanley & the late Maisie McDaniel on stage in the old days of the showbands? Alot of Entertainment Venues had to Cancel Engagements over the week--end due to the very bad flooding Kieran                                      


Name:  Rocky Stone
Email: d.mccarthy@live.ie
Date:  24 Nov 2009

Comments: Having written many tunes for various showbands over the years including T.R. Dallas (Who Shot JR Ewing) and a number of songs for the Dixies as well as being one of the Fresmen's first and greatest fans I want to congratulate you on a very informative and entertaining site. keep it up for the ould stagers. Dave Mc Carthy aka Rocky Stone. PS: Does anyone out there remember a band 'King Creole'around 1980?  They recorded one of my songs as a b-side but I never got to here it.  Ít was called 'Think It Over'(And When You Figure It Out Let Me Know).  I'd love to hear it before the old hearing finally packs up.


Name:  Maurice Veale
Email: maveale@gmail.com
Date:  22 Nov 2009

Comments: Thanks Kelley for the memories. Your looking good


Name:  philomena gallagher
Email: philomena1.gallagher@googlemail.com
Date:  22 Nov 2009

Comments: Excellent site ,so much valuable information would be lost if it were not for this site. Wish to highlight Johnny Carrolls biography,-- oh Mein Papa,---Johnny will be launching his book at The Central Hotel Donegal Mon 23rd.nov 09 ---Regards Philomena gallagher


Name:  michael buckley
Email: mlbuckley50@eircom.net
Date:  21 Nov 2009

Comments: hello as a man that played with a lot of big bands i would to know could put my photos on your site.
Answer: Hi Michael, please let us know which bands you were in and we will glad post those photos.


Name:  Jack Stuart
Email: lstuart03@qub.ac.uk
Date:  21 Nov 2009

Comments: In loving memory of My Uncle Paddy Stuart (RIP) Came across this site when trying to find old photos of my dad (the late David Stuart) and I  think Uncle Paddy looks good....back in the day.


Name:  John Hynes
Email: johnhynes2006@eircom.net
Date:  20 Nov 2009

Comments: Its a brillant site, brings back many happy memories. Met my present wife in the Sound of Music in Glenamaddy owned by Joe O' Neill (Legend) and the band that played that night was the Conquerors.


Name:  Maureen Humphreys
Email: maureenann18@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  18 Nov 2009

Comments: Delighted to have found this excellent forum. Brings back so many good memories. Does anyone have any info of Andy Wilson of the Witnesses? Last I heard, he was living in Manchester. Would appreciate knowing if he is still alive.


Name:  Kim Walsh
Email: kim_leanne_walsh@hotmail.com
Date:  18 Nov 2009

Comments: My wonderful daddy was the songwriter and lead singer of the Rascals- Billy Walsh - who enjoyed success including a top 10 hit in Ireland in the 1970's with (I think) Peaches and Cream (wasn't born then, give me a break!). Since leaving the band, he has stayed true to his heart and played music all around Derry and Donegal over the next 3 decades and has been loved and adord by many - including Sue Pollard! He was a wonderful songwriter and still is a wonderful musician. He is loved by his fans for not only his wonderful voice and musical talent, but for his wit and homour and his ability to engage his audience. In my eyes , he is a true showman. He knows Johney Logan and Andrew Strong's da! oh Yes! Although I would say that his biggest success over the many years would be that he is a wonderful father to his two beautiful daughters and has brought music into their tone-deaf lives. I love you daddy and I am so proud of you. x


Name:  mae healey
Email: amaeflower@googlemail.com
Date:  18 Nov 2009

Comments: my cousin was ray moore and i would to hear his music ...........trumpet piano ....he was in the plattermen irish showband...... thanks. mae


Name:  Brian Keogh
Email: brianfkeogh@eircom.net
Date:  17 Nov 2009

Comments: Brilliant web site for Irish Showbands & other bands of the 50's/60's & later. Best Regards


Name:  Patrick McInerney
Email: a124pat@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  17 Nov 2009

Comments: Hi to everyone in the showband world. I am back again still looking for any Royal Showband with Brendan Bowyer. Looking for a EP record   released sometime  1964/5    there only E./P   and also  Brendan released a book about the Royal Showband.   I have looked on ebay and many web pages. no luick. please email me. many thanks.  god bless


Name:  david hogan
Email: hogan07@live,ie
Date:  16 Nov 2009

Comments: would it be nice to have a little more colour like the irish colours forgive  my manners the webside is nice i like to wish you and  the band many more years of happiness i can remember the nights when you played in drumkeen ballroom co limerick hope to hear from you when you get time as i know you are  very busy. yours gratefully. david hogan


Name:  shay martin bass player
Email: shaymartin1@hotmail.com
Date:  15 Nov 2009

Comments: used to play in relief group all over the country we had a black morris minor with the words b flat minor written on the boot door maybe some of the people that read this site will remember us we got paid 10 pounds no matter where we played but i was earning only 2 pounds and 10 shillings a week as a apprentice motor mechanic and was able to run the car a a very young man i also used to service some transit band wagons. play a bit of music with a few old legends from the 60s the web site is getting better and better i just got broadband and i am just learning to use it


Name:  ann curtin
Email: anncurtin98@yahoo.com
Date:  15 Nov 2009

Comments: hi everyone. Great website, very interesting looking through all the different bands, and comments.
as most of you will probably know. Dad (Glen Curtin) passed away on the 20th sept, Never forget him.


Name:  Pat Galvin - Power
Email: taramulrooney@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  14 Nov 2009

Comments: Oh my god .. all the memories . Lovely to see all the faces again , bringing back all the memories a fantastic time . I still remember all those good times , but would love to see all their names because they where all great guys .


Name:  Mary Maclean (Brennan)
Email: marymaclean@eircom.net
Date:  14 Nov 2009

Comments: Spent 20 yrs travelling to all parts of Cork and Kerry when a gang of us worked in the Metropole very early 70's and loved every minute of it times change now but wouldn't it be nice to have those days back.


Name:  Tommy Walshe
Email: carolehasan@yahoo.com
Date:  14 Nov 2009

Comments: Hallo i am Tommy Walshe the trumpet player of the Millionaires, my daughter found your website and it has brought back a lot of good memories. I now live in london and still play trumpet and go to gigs. I have not got an e-mail address so i have given you my daughters, All the best Tommy Walshe 


Name:  john travers
Email: johntravers50@yahoo.com
Date:  14 Nov 2009

Comments: hello , the same john travers that was the drummer with kilkenny beat group the 5th degree , no relation to steve travers , but john is now the guitarist with the miami showband , now that johnny fean is reunited with the horslips , having spent 16 years in switzerland playing drums with juan carlos martinez , and backing , suzanne klee , percy sledge , jimmy and the rackets and was the house drummer with new sound studio pfaffikon , please dont ask about the swiss eurovision contest entry 1982 , john travers and steve travers have been lifelong friends and having played together with mick delahunty jnr and other formations now are together in the miami showband , steve on bass , john on guitar , 


Name:  Seamus Mulqueen
Email: seamusmulqueen@googlemail.com
Date:  13 Nov 2009

Comments: This is a fantastic site. I clicked on to read about Glen Curtin RIP and found the site. Very sorry to hear about the loss of a great singer Glen. Keep up the great work. You have a new fan Seamus Mulqueen


Name:  helen
Email: helencashinchambers@gmail.
Date:  13 Nov 2009

Comments: i would like two say  this site is great cheers all round


Name:   Sinead D. Shortt
Email: sineadsnails@msn.com
Date:  10 Nov 2009

Comments: Hi, I'm Mike Sortt's daughter, now living in Jersey and still very proud of my very talented and very lovely Daddy!  For those of you who are or would be interested to know, Mike Shortt is back living in Bray and is still playing although would love to be playing alot more if anyone out there is looking for a passionate and very talented muscian(he's gonna kill me when he finds out I wrote this!) Anyway lovely to see all these photos and read about things I am only learning about as I read, rock on boys! with love, Sinead xxx


Name:  Ruth Treacy
Email: ruthtreacy1@gmail.com
Date:  10 Nov 2009

Comments: Hello, My Dad, Stephen Treacy, was a member of the Pioneer Aces (later the Premier Aces) and the Rhythm Stars. I was just talking to him on the phone a few minutes ago and mentioned google-ing his name last year and all the references I found to him during the Showband Era.  Dad would be a technophobe and doesn't have a p.c. so I've told him about the site and printed off a few pages to show him next time I'm down home.  He's very chuffed about it.  So I'd just like to compliment the site; there's obviously a huge amount of time and effort put in and I've seen many photos for the first time.  I know there's loads down home I could dig out and send to you so I'll make it my mission to do that at some point. Best wishes, Ruth Treacy Newcastle Co. Dublin


Name:  J. D. Cole
Email: jdcole7@Juno.com
Date:  10 Nov 2009

Comments: Folks, the Lord gave me "I'm Just Lucky, I Guess" to write back in 1962. Gene Stuart and The MIghty Avons recorded it in 1970-71. I need to find a copy of the album it was in as well as the single "I'm Just Lucky, I Guess". "Then I'll Stop Loving You" was on the opposite side of the 45 RPM record. Gene and the Mighty Avons got the song started until today Nov-2009 it has been recorded by 19 different artists in 51 different formats. I'm thankful that Gene and The Mighty Avons liked the song well enough to record. I certainly have been blessed. It would be awesome to get a note from them or be able to write Gene someday and thank him personally but...??? Any help in these matters and finding the first cuts will certainly be appreciated, God Bless, J. D.


Name:  Marie Swords
Email: browneize@hotmail.com
Date:  10 Nov 2009

Comments: Does anyone know where Kelley is now and what shes doing.
Answer: Hi Marie, Just tune into RTE 1's "A LIttle Bit Showband" series at 8:30 p.m. on November 22nd and all will be revealed about Kelley.


Name:  Peter & Karl Murtagh
Email: lyndapeter@eircom.net
Date:  09 Nov 2009

Comments: My young son Karl who will be 4yrs next month really likes you'r music and I would appreciate if you could forward the music sheet of "You are going out the same way as you came in". Much appreciate you'r help.
Peter & Karl...


Name:  gerard murray
Email: gerryamurray@hotmail.com
Date:  06 Nov 2009

Comments: very good site, reading through  all the stuff on the showband aera, the indians have not heard of them for many years  it all brings back great memories, when i was just a boy  growing up in my native Longford  i now live in Wigan, but visit Longford at least twice a year.  Well done ,keep up the good work ,Thanks.


Name:  Kieran G. Lyons
Email: kgablyons@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  06 Nov 2009

Comments: I would like to say well done to all involved in this great site, I myself am a Dj, and i started off in the ballrooms of south tipperary ;i remember meeting many of the showbands of the time, some were great, some, not so great,and some downright awful,i remember in the late 70's a lot of bands were coming over from England,
Rockabilly was the order of the day,bands like "matchbox" daddy cool & the lollipops, Reacy, the Darts and so on,
The big Irish bands of the time were Horslips, the Memories, Joe dolan and Johnny Logan , Gina, Dale Hayes And the Champions, and my favorates,The Lookalikes..........Great times, anyway good luck with the site and thank you ,Kieran G. Lyons.


Name:  val crowley
Email: valcrowleyincork@hotmail.com
Date:  06 Nov 2009

Comments: Greetings from Cork. love the site, I played drums with Tony Stevens for a  few years until Christmas  Eve, 1992 when we were in a very bad crash on the way back from Mayo. We were all in hospital for a long time> I call to Tony fairly often and he sends his best to all. Thanking   you, Val Crowley.         


Name:  patricia stones
Email: tricia64@live.co.uk
Date:  06 Nov 2009

Comments: My mother has been looking to get the record c.d. dvd of patricia cahills entrie of back to the hills eurovision 1967, as she is getting on in her life i would like to buy this for her and if there is anyone that know where i could buy it for her could you please e-mail me and let me know thank you yours sincerly patricia


Name:  terry  brackett
Email: terrybrackett@yahoo.com
Date:  05 Nov 2009

Comments: Did dj pat egan marrie a gairl called elizabeth


Name:  john mc cormack
Email: johnme'talktalk.net
Date:  05 Nov 2009

Comments: fantastic now and in past


Name:  Jackie Scheepers
Email: jackie@nevill.co.za
Date:  03 Nov 2009

Comments: crazy about this woman!!!! My favourite song: Take me back!!!


Name:  Quan Butler
Email: quanbutler@gmail.com
Date:  02 Nov 2009

Comments: Hi there. I would like to congratulate Gina Dale Haze and The Champions on their fantastic preformance in The Glen Eagle last Saturday night. They looked great on stage and sang each song better than the last. Gina and Dale preformed together perfectly. It was great to watch them  all having so much fun between themselves on stage laughing and joking and reminissing about old times and the friends they had all over the country. They had the audience clapping and singing from the start of the two and a half hour show to the finish, singing all the old hits e.g. Minnie Minnie, Drunken Sailer, Real Good Feeling etc.. Dale Haze sang as good as he did 17yrs. ago if not better and stronger, and Gina's voice is still as good as ever. It was a great night of nostalgia, fun, excitment and pure  Irish entertainment  and I would like to Thank them for that ,and I hope we'll see them back on the stage real soon again. P.S. Thanks for the request Dale.

Webmaster Note: No bands listed on the site have any relationship with the site and therefore may, or may not see personal messages such as this. Sorry. 


Name:  Una Dunne
Email: unadunne@eircom.net
Date:  01 Nov 2009

Comments: My husband and myself followed to indians everywhere. They were fantastic. Where can I buy their tapes or cds


Name:  Andrew White
Email: andrewwhite55@btinternet.com
Date:  31 Oct 2009

Comments: love the music


Name: Patrick McInerney
Email: a124pat@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  30 Oct 2009

Comments: once again  i would like to thank  everyone  who help put this site  together.  great   info and great showband details    I am a  royal showband  fan since the early 1960 when brendan and the band  played in BIRMINGHAM  what a great night  will never forget it   allway s looking for any info or details on BRENDAN  Bowyer.


Name:  shay martin
Email: (withheld on request)
Date:  30 Oct 2009

Comments: ex bass player with the sunvalley boys and the farmers sons excellant web site i started my career with alan carr who is a contribitor to the site he was the rythem player and singer with our first band the silver clouds which later featured carl phillips on lead vocals who later sang withthe royal showband as replacement for brendan boyer


Name:  Dominic Sheenan
Email: domo4@eircom.net
Date:  30 Oct 2009

Comments: Good to read about the history of one of the best bands ever. Great music, Noel Brady is a legend.


Name:  sylvester moran
Email: anto080989@hotmail.com
Date:  27 Oct 2009

Comments: come back on the road john..all the country singers are nearly all gone


Name:  pat fitz
Email: fitz_paddy@yahoo.com
Date:  26 Oct 2009

Comments: madortors show band  i used to live wiith dannt matlaind on the shore rd heand 2 band members used to play on the shankill om sat nite and the falls rd in a fenian club on a sun  on was from the docks and the other was from the shankill


Name:  Maria Witney
Email: maria.witney@googlemail.com
Date:  24 Oct 2009

Comments: I'm in desparate need of help!!  Does anyone know where I can get a copy of Dermot Hegarty's 21 Years?  Have tried everywhere I can think of and am now at a loss... if anyone can help, please e-mail me....


Name:  Richard Doyle
Email: newgrange_99@yahoo.com
Date:  24 Oct 2009

Comments: Hi there, I really like your web site as it brings back a lot of memories of when we were chasing around for the best bands and we were lucky in the area we lived ie; Drogheda as we had all the best bands come and play to us at various venues in the town such as the Abbey Ballroom, White Horse Hotel to name a few. I must pass on your details of your site to my friends and family, I will be back more often in future. Regards,


Name:  Anthony Bradley
Email: tonybradley50@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  21 Oct 2009

Comments:  I,am looking anything on the young shadows photos ect..ect,


Name:  Michael Mc Dowell
Email: x4mmd@hotmail.com
Date:  16 Oct 2009

Comments: Played with brian donaghy long long long time ago. Was the BEST and still is one of the best drummers I've ever heard...rember the YAKS brian. Heard big mole no longer with us...SAD eh!. was a long time trying to find him on da net. Good to see you still alive. Was down town to see Rab Mc Cullough a few months ago. Remember the sweety tin as yer snare drum..ho..ho..ho. Last time I seen you was in newcastle Co down Bout 15 yrs ago.


Name:  Bob sharpe
Email: torontobob.@hotmail.com
Date:  14 Oct 2009

Comments: a lot of great memories.although I was not one for the dancing very much.I listened to their songs on radio.Today I  enjoy playing my 12 string and enjoy playing some of the songs from the sixties,which in a lot of ways seem like yesterday.Today I live in Canada and have for over forty years I was delighted to stumble on this site today and will have fun exploring it fully. great work.


Name:  patricia may
Email: tisha098@hotmail.com
Date:  14 Oct 2009

Comments: this is bril finding this web site my husband and my self will love it well done


Name:  donna
Email: donna29d@hotmail.com
Date:  13 Oct 2009

Comments: just trying to find out if joe e hamilton still in a band or singing at all he used to come to aberdeen scotland years ago and his band and play in our bar such a nice man that goes for his band members also .


Name:  helen micheal
Email: helencashinchambers@gmail.com
Date:  13 Oct 2009

Comments: hello big tom sorry to hear of  the deth of ur band man recently     enjoyed the  night travlers frind castle bar looking forward  ur return to castlebar in the neer future   michael  and helen 


Name:  Brendan Connell
Email: Brendanandclem@three.com.au
Date:  13 Oct 2009

Comments: Back in that great time the 60s, I went dancing in the Roseland ballroom in Moate Co Westmeath, my favourate band was Joe Dolan and the Drifters,they sure pulled the crowds in. I also went to school with Tony Allen, (Foster&llen) in lovely down town Mount Temple Co Westmeath. Great website, Thank You.


Name:  Robert Wilson
Email: robert@belfastducktours.com
Date:  11 Oct 2009

Comments: Great listings, I was searching for one or two specifically, Clive Culbertson (Bass, Piano, Vocals), Jim Daly and Gerry Neill from Portrush.


Name:  liam  keogh
Email: keogh.liam@gmail.com
Date:  11 Oct 2009

Comments: sad to hear about glen curtin  will be missed


Name:  Walter Hovenden
Email: walter@ballylinangaa.com
Date:  10 Oct 2009

Comments: The famed Dreamland Ballroom is to play host once again to one of the biggest stars of the halcyon showband days as the years will be rolled back for a night of nostalgia. The legendary Brendan Bowyer and his Band, with a line-up that now also includes his daughter Aisling, will play there on the night of Sunday 8th November in a novel fundraising venture for Ballylinan GAA Club.


Name:  john crawford
Email: johncrawford45@hotmail.com
Date:  09 Oct 2009

Comments: love this site but more imformation one band i loved was called ann shelly and marrains i was fithteen when isaw them now in my forthey love to fine what happen to them i sill hve alp of theres help


Name:  Dee Algie
Email: deealgie@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  09 Oct 2009

Comments: Wonderful photos, well laid out and very informative. Well done.


Name:  Fran Delaney
Email: franniedelaney@yahoo.com
Date:  07 Oct 2009

Comments: Wow, what a trip down memory lane. Mama's Boys The McManus Brothers, was at every gig, Pat McManus keep us the good work never to late to keep the memories alive. Keep writing and rocking, I was the female photographer who was shooting the rock bands in Dublin from Sweet Savage / Dio/Def Lepard / Transam / Rockabye / Dead Ringer / Thin Lizzy / Horslips / Face to Face / Tempest / Gilt Edge / Dave King from Fast Way / Hazel O'Connor / Undertones / All these band I photographed, so well done this site has made my day to look at ...great stuff.


Name:  Brigid O'Brien
Email: bmobrien@hotmail.com
Date:  07 Oct 2009

Comments: Just heard you on Radio Kerry and remembered Mrs. Murphy  and Kathleen and Margie.
My condolences on the loss of Kathleen. I was Breda O'Sullivan in 1960 and my mother was a frien of Mrs. Murphy.
Mom passes on about 5 years ago now in Athea. Hope all is well with you. Regards, Brigid


Name:  Howie Murray
Email: amannie@tiscali.co.uk
Date:  07 Oct 2009

Comments: I was roadie/soundman for Light 76/79. a great band. one album never did them justice.


Name:  terry  brackett
Email: terrybrackett47@yahoo.com
Date:  06 Oct 2009

Comments: does  anybody  reamber,    the  jacobites    they played   liberty hall alot,     the  made a record  called  like now   the also  was  on rte   on  a show  called  like  now.   i  was agreat  friend  of  tony  mooney  also  pj    crow   they   are  the  jacobites


Name:  derry canty
Email: derry.canty@corkcoco.ie
Date:  05 Oct 2009

Comments: This site broughy back many memorys of times past. If only  they could be brought back.


Name:  Mark Lennon
Email: lennonbeefy@hotmail.com
Date:  05 Oct 2009

Comments: I was amazed to see a photo of my father (Dave Dixons of Clones)my father Tom Lennon sadly passed away in 1990,i have loads of old photo's from the 40's and 50's.many thanks,brought a smile to my face. ps.His twin brother played in a band called Mcmahons,also from Clones i think..any info ???


Name:  Eamonn Donnelly
Email: eamonndonnelly@eircom.net 
Date:  01 Oct 2009

Comments: I played drums with Tina and the Mexicans from 1967 to 1971 then with The Capitol 1971 to 1972 then i got a real job, I was from Belfast and played with a group called The Crescendos for a few years, now playing drums with a six piece band "The Heartbeats" and living in Dunlaoghaire Dublin Played with Tommy McKiernan (RIP) Trumped/drums Mexicans/Confederates (Belfast) also Eamonn McIntyre (RIP) from Derry Trumpet in The Mexicans. Bram McCarthy (RIP) Trumpet in The Capitol, Frankie Murray (RIP) Guitar player with The Capitol. My God i must have had a terrible affect on all these guys. Best wishes Eamonn Donnelly


Name:  Derek McCluskey
Email: derekmccluskey@btinternet.com
Date:  01 Oct 2009

Comments: Hi, I was with the Maurice Lynch Showband from 1968 to 1971. Saxaphone and Vocals. Gloria Smyth was also in the band at the same time. Happy Day's.  Does any body remember me/us. Derek McCluskey


Name:  Kiera Wall
Email: kierawall@idl.ie
Date:  30 Sep 2009

Comments: Hi, I was trying to find my dad on the website.  Brendan Wall, he sang with the Frank Parkes orchestra for years as the resident band in Jurys in Ballsbridge.  Also in the Olmpice Ballroom.  Interesting website, thanks.


Name:  Eileen Lawson
Email: eileen_lawson2005@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  27 Sep 2009

Comments: So sad to hear of the death of Glen Curtin. A lovely man who will be sadly missed. Sincere condolences to his family


Name:  mag cunningham
Email: mag3@eircom.net
Date:  26 Sep 2009

Comments: this is a brillant site it brings back lots of happy memories and some not so happy. Long may you carry on doing this fine job.


Name:  Grace Kelly-Lawler
Email: grace_kelly_lawler@hotmail.com
Date:  25 Sep 2009

Comments: How funny, never realised this web site existed. It was fun to check out pictures of the Memories, my friends and I used to go see them in Howth, back in the 80's and 90's, they were great live.


Name:  kathy finn
Email: finn.kathy@gmail.com
Date:  25 Sep 2009

Comments: great site, my dad is michael hernon keyboard player with the teenbeats, first time i've ever seen a picture of the band together. Wonder where they all are now....kathy


Name:  Raymond O'Hara
Email: r_o_hara@hotmail.com
Date:  23 Sep 2009

Comments: Great site, The Rising Sons showband came from Greysteel Co.Derry, I have a photo somewhere will email it.


Name:  Kieran Boles
Email: kieranboles35@hotmail.com
Date:  22 Sep 2009

Comments: It is sad that Cyril McKevitt RIP was called to his eternal reward so quickly & so soon after the Mainliners had finished up their summer 2009 tour. May he be given the heavenly reward for all his great performances on stage down through the years. May he rest in peace.


Name:  terry  brackett
Email: terry47@yahoo.com
Date:  22 Sep 2009

Comments: Great to see all the old names again. do you reamber the jackobites dublin group, tony mooney  pj  crow,  they played librrty hall quit alott please let me know if you do.


Name:  Joe Donavon
Email: Windowar@aol.com
Date:  20 Sep 2009

Comments: Does anyone know where Dean Swift or John Fitzpatrick from the Boys are right now, they were an excellent band.


Name:  Pat McMenamin
Email: patmcmenamin@eircom.net
Date:  20 Sep 2009

Comments: great site big indians fan, looking for old photo of the indians if any one has any could you please let me know


Name:  Peter Ryan
Email: lisgorriff@gmail.com
Date:  19 Sep 2009

Comments: So sad to hear of the death of Cyril.  We're from Nenagh, Co Tipperary.  We were in The Rhu Glen Hotel on Saturday night. Condolences to Cyril's Family and The Mainliners Peter & Sarah Ryan


Name:  Eileen Corbett
Email: mummypops@gmail.com
Date:  18 Sep 2009

Comments: Have been fan of Big Tom and the Mainliners for years was very sad to hear of sudden death of Cyril Mc Kevitt RIP


Name:  jill
Email: littlefarmhouse@hotmail.com
Date:  18 Sep 2009

Comments: We traveled from Lancashire to Mallow to see Big Tom and the Mainliners and weren't disappointed. They were brilliant. Each member was as good as ever and Tom was, as usual, fantastic.


Name:  Patricia Wilks
Email: patriciaaw2@aol.com
Date:  17 Sep 2009

Comments: Great site brought back lots of happy memories as jim Gunner aka George hesse was my first cousin


Name:  Kathy   Gannon
Email: kayingalway@yahoo.com
Date:  15 Sep 2009

Comments:
This site has a lot of great memories for me !! I knew the Frehmen so well , My friend Marcelle and i met them in England  in the mid  60ties , got to know all the lads . Billy was so talanted and so nice . So sad he's gone RIP. Always remember them ' Kathy & Marcelle


Name:  tony guitar nicholas
Email: tonyfender59@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  14 Sep 2009

Comments: my name is missing as a member of the riseing sons showband can you please put it right .  ive only discover this web sight and i think its great it brings back alot of good memerios of the sixties. tony guitar nicholas


Name:  Tony Murray
Email: a.murray789@talktalk.net
Date:  14 Sep 2009

Comments: Hi All, Just a line to give my new email address, Cheers Tony Murray


Name:  Diane
Email: dsrinf12@aol.com
Date:  12 Sep 2009

Comments: Hi, I am looking for any clippings, photos, articals or posters on Norman Payne and the Swingtime Aces, or with the Astrals , as well as The Tara Showband. I am trying to gather a network of items, pictures, memorabilia to put togeather as a surprise for his hall of fame.Any one who can forward any items to me would be greatly appriciated. Thank you Diane.


Name:  Miriam Cronin
Email: miriamcronin5@gmail.com
Date:  12 Sep 2009

Comments: Brings back memories


Name:  Lizzy
Email: mcostello_64@hotmail.com
Date:  09 Sep 2009

Comments: Hi. I just looked-in to have a look at photos of the Clippers.  I am particularly interested in ones featuring Michael O'Hanlon as he passed away on Monday 7th September.  He is a relative and a close family friend and will be missed so much by everyone.  Michael entertained us with stories of his travels and experiences and he could have a room full of people "in-stitches" just by "being himself".  The children loved his "severed thumb" trick, and tired in vain to copy him!  He was so modest about his talents of which he had many.  R.I.P. Michael, we will miss you.


Name:  Terry McCafferty
Email: mccafferty858@btinternet.com
Date:  08 Sep 2009

Comments: Hi, just wanted to let people know about the passing away of Mick O Hanlon from Strabane, the drummer of the Clipper Carlton showband, he will be sadly missed by his family and freinds in the music business, funeral leaving his home in Ballindrait, (outside Lifford, Donegal) on Thursday 10th September. May God be good to him, RIP


Name:  Cha Haran
Email: chaharanlim@gmail.com
Date:  07 Sep 2009

Comments: Good Old Days in Dun Laoire


Name:  maureen mcmahon
Email: maureen.mcmahon@btinternet.com
Date:  06 Sep 2009

Comments: Hi just wish id heard of Joe long time ago brilliant singer lovely voice so sad he gone 1st time i heard his songs was when me brotherr died in april aged 46 second youngest of 9 love n miss him dearly but joes songs r beautiful n keep me going


Name:  Colin Morrison
Email: morrisoncolin@gmail.com
Date:  06 Sep 2009

Comments: Does anyone know where I can contact Geraldine McKeever who sang as Geraldine in the 1970s?


Name:  brendan keogh
Email: brendankeogh12@eircom.net
Date:  05 Sep 2009

Comments: keep up the good work


Name:  Alan Jones
Email: Email withheld on request
Date:  05 Sep 2009

Comments: Hi, Alan Jones here I am still trying to contact any of the characters who played in my bands that is the Oceans, Scholars, Dukes, Raydots or Flair showbands, all Belfast based, from 1962 until 1971. Four featured Lead Vocalist Tom E King who is still performing today. Three featured Wee Harry Whitley on lead guitar who sadly passed away a few years ago. I have been in touch and met up with Tom E King, Robert "Crocket" Magee & Victor Mawhinney. If anyone knows of any others please get in touch. Alan Jones


Name:  Pat Schan
Email: patmidwife@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  04 Sep 2009

Comments: I am looking for any photos or memories of my father, Paddy Kennedy of Galway, who managed The Regal based in Cork. in the early sixties. He passed away in 2003 but I have lots of memories of those days - Declan Ryan, Eileen Reid, and the members of the band. would love to here from them.


Name:  Bruce Koster
Email: BDKoster@gmail.com
Date:  03 Sep 2009

Comments: Our woodcarving group, West Point Woodcarvers, has set this song as our favorite on our YouTube Channel. Thank you, Sandy Kelly, for singing a song from the heart of a woodcarver. You'll always find a special place carved into our hearts for you. Thank you for your wonderful talent. Bruce 'Sequoia' Koster. President. West Point Woodcarvers.


Name:  Shay Flynn
Email: shay2000_2000@yahoo.com
Date:  03 Sep 2009

Comments: Listening to various radio staions on my travels it seems that Gina Dale Haze and The Champions are getting something of a mini revival on the airways due to their reunion tour They were a great band in their day and produced a great performance evry night


Name:  sandra keenan
Email: pinkraver30@gmail.com
Date:  02 Sep 2009

Comments: im afraid i cant say i was around in the show band time but a fan none the less of the imperial imps, xx


Name:  Melanie
Email: melaniekearney@rogers.com
Date:  02 Sep 2009

Comments: David Kearney alive and well in London Ontario, sends his regards


Name:  Rosemarie Faulkner
Email: rosemarie.faulkner@gmail.com
Date:  01 Sep 2009

Comments: Hi All, great site..Delighted Gina Dale Haze and the Champions are doing a re-union tour....


Name:  Davy Smyth
Email: davy@logicmusic.net
Date:  01 Sep 2009

Comments: Davy Smyth of The Pasado, Candy and Smicker Showbands, From Belfast now living in Bedfordshire England where he has his recording studio Wizard Sound Studios. Davy also produced The Undertones hit E.P.  "Teenage Kicks" in 1978 when Wizard Sound Studios was based in Exchange Place, Lower Donegal St, Belfast. Davy is now in a duo called Logic with his wife Valerie, they play in clubs all over the UK.


Name:  blue o brien drummer
Email: roostermccoy@hotmail.com
Date:  01 Sep 2009

Comments: hi' im blue o brien drummer with the urge after a drummer named larry something who actually played on a single called "what's wrong  and what's right", i joined the urge while playing with jimi slevin's crossroads jimi said to me "blueboy the urge isintrested in you to join them i think it would be a good move for you they have  a lot of gigs  more than we have so i joined and had a lotof  fun i see joe o keeefe now n then but andy i never forgot you  and always wished you well you deserved it i hope  to hear from you andy, also if any fans are reading this note and remember them gigs say hi to me ...roostermccoy@hotmail.com.and any muso's who can rember them there days ,love t all blue o brien,09


Name:  Quan Butler
Email: quanbutler2@gmail.com
Date:  01 Sep 2009

Comments: It,s great to hear that the band are coming back for a reunion. I am a neighbour and a good friend of Gerdie (Dale Haze) .I remember growing up in our village Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford in the 70's meeting Gerdie and getting spins in his sports cars, when ever he was home he always had time for his friends and neighbours and he never forgot his roots. For such a big showband star he was just one of the boys when he was home, playing football, soccer whatever was going on he joined in. He is a true friend of mine and I wish him Gina and the Champions every success on their reuion tour and I will be in Kilarney for the show.


Name:  Gerry Timlin
Email: eggtimers@btinternet.com
Date:  29 Aug 2009

Comments: I was a Sunshine groupie - toured for 3 months round Toronto with the band in early 70s and had a fantastic time with them.  I am now a Lecturer in a London college working as a specialist in adult literacy.  I'd love to hear from Irene, Bobbie, Artie or Shaun to learn where life's journey has taken them.


Name:  Pat Kennedy
Email: patmidwife@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  28 Aug 2009

Comments: My late father Paddy Kennedy managed The Regal Showband based in Cork in the sixties. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers him or has any photos of him He died in 2003 in England having left the business completely to work in Africa in telecommunications


Name:  Linda Coey
Email: lindacoey@hotmail.com
Date:  26 Aug 2009

Comments: Never thought about looking showbiz people up on the internet. My exhusband and I were great fans of the Cotten Mill Boys. Mick Mcmanus and his wife Carmel attended our wedding. I also was very fond of Tony Hughes, he had a suberb voice. Am devestated to know that Des Wilson has past on. Would like to be able to visit his grave.,. The website is fine, not enough info on it. I suppose you can only relate the info that these people give you.


Name:  cathy
Email: cathydeeharbour@btinternet.com
Date:  25 Aug 2009

Comments: I would love more news of Sunshine the band from the North.  I was a big fan. Their members then were"-Bryce Norrie, Trevor England, Stuart Bingham, Arty Moorehead and Rosie Mcerlean. I know Arty is in Canada/America. Trevor may be teaching in the North. Rosie is still singing around Belfast with other family members. Bryce is singing with Partners in Crime. Where is Stuart?  He was in Tenerife. Boy would I love a reunion of this band!!!  I followed them around mostly in the North and had my parents head turned as I didnt care how I got home as long as I got to the dance!!!


Name:  rchard phelan
Email: rchardphelan@eircom.net
Date:  25 Aug 2009

Comments: on the previous page i was looking at the show band tweed when i saw that there is no information regarding johnny scully. i am a first cousin of johnny and can inform you of the following. johnny is a very sucsefull 1 man band and is back living in his native kilkenny city i will however if contacted by anyone who may wish to speak to john foward his address


Name:  marie
Email: edmar39@tx.rr.com
Date:  25 Aug 2009

Comments: does anyone have any information on the bands that played at the metropole in dublin during the 40s and 50s my uncle paddy crosbie played the trumpet there and i am trying to find out about the bands and friends he played with i would appreciate any help      thanks 


Name:  kevin carton
Email: kevinjcarton@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  25 Aug 2009

Comments: great times wish some one would bring back some more of the music


Name:  charles
Email: charlesleoo25@hotmail.com
Date:  25 Aug 2009

Comments: Hope you can help. Looking for a traditional irish band that can show people how to dance at a wedding Sunday Sep 20th in Trim. Can you help.


Name:  joe cuddy
Email: joecuddy64@yahoo.com
Date:  22 Aug 2009

Comments: GOOD NAME  MATE


Name:  Sean Keogh
Email: jandmkeogh@eircom.net
Date:  21 Aug 2009

Comments: With regard to the photograph of the Gallowglass Ceili Band in the ceili section,the guitarist was Don Clark,sitting beside him on vocals was John Greville and behind Pat McGarr on keyboard was myself Sean Keogh.I would also like to let you know that Pat McGarr died on 18/03/2005.


Name:  Ted Murray
Email: murrayted@eircom.net
Date:  21 Aug 2009

Comments: Pauric Browne ex "Misty" and solo entertainer is retiring from the cabaret scene due to ill health. We are hosting a tribute night in Clane on 24th Sept. Messages of support from colleagues would be appreciated and read out on the night. Amusing anecdotes also.


Name:  Tom
Email: hendy244@hotmail.com
Date:  21 Aug 2009

Comments: Knew Linda Mayne when we were a lot younger and before her singing career took off in the early 70s. Just learned a few few weeks ago that she passed away this year 2009, RIP Linda.


Name:  eamonn kelly
Email: nedthehead@gmail.com
Date:  19 Aug 2009

Comments: Reform what can i say probably the best trio to hit the irish rock  scene they were only brill where could get the song one for the boys


Name:  donal mclaughlin
Email: donalmclaughlin@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  19 Aug 2009

Comments: many omissions re co antrim north antrim otherwise excellant


Name:  Kieran Boles
Email: kieranboles35@hotmail.com
Date:  19 Aug 2009

Comments: I  was  browsing  through  this  colum  the  other  day  and  I  was  saddened  to  see  that   Drummer  Johnny  Barton  of  the  Clubmen &  the origional Dermot O'Brien  Trio  is  dead  as  well.   R.I.P.  How  long  is  he  dead  ?  did   he  die  before  or  after  Dermot.?  A  brilliant   drummer  &  bordhan  player  the  late Johnny
was.  He  lived   at   Yellowbatter   Drogheda   and  used   to   drive   the  dark  green   Transit  Van  all   over  the   country  to  wherever  himself & Dermot RIP &  the  late  Derek  McCormack R.I.P.  would  be  playing.  The  Transit  Reg   was   710.  GZC. I  was  down  in  Ardee   at   Dermot;s  mass &  burial  on Sat., 26th  May  2007.  Dermot  is  buried  in   Ballapousta  Cemetery   outside  Ardee  alongside  his  late  wife   Rosemarie. Kieran


Name:  Bobby Holmes
Email: holmesgeorgina36@gmail.com
Date:  19 Aug 2009

Comments: the Times in the 70's were great and I did my best of best 2 follow them everywhere!


Name:  Juha Jukkanen
Email: jj15men@yahoo.com
Date:  19 Aug 2009

Comments: Like the site very much. Have a slight interest in the Showbands due to friendship with some musicians. Great site and very informative.


Name:  Kevin McDermott
Email: mcdermottkev@eircom.net
Date:  18 Aug 2009

Comments: Sad to see Martin Geraghty, ex Avons, included in the 'Lest We Forget' section. Martin and I played together on the London scene in the seventies and became good friends. A great singer in the style of Glen Campbell. Rhinestone Cowboy in particular will always remind me of Martin.  Rest in Peace  from Noreen and I.


Name:  rachael diane stewart
Email: rachaelstewart88@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  18 Aug 2009

Comments: Jimmy murray from the regency showband was my grannys brother great to see these pictures here!  :)  Its amazing what family history you can find on the net these days! rachael


Name:  chris  johnson
Email: christyj 1945@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  18 Aug 2009

Comments: We had a great time going to see all the top bands sunday night wensday night friday night  we missed very few of the bands


Name:  shane doyle
Email: Withheld by request
Date:  18 Aug 2009

Comments: hi  philomena  begley  it  was  nice to see that  you got  the award  in casterbar


Name:  imelda doyle
Email: imelda.shearer@virgin.net
Date:  17 Aug 2009

Comments: its great to be able to read about the showbands i saw in the atlantic ballroom tramore


Name:  maureen mcgeough
Email: uniheights1@gmail.com
Date:  16 Aug 2009

Comments: Big Tom and the mainliners are on a tour again this yea on the 14th August 2009 and I went to see them in The Carrickdale Hotel, near Dundalk, Co. Louth and they were just fantastic. Tom is singing as good as ever. Many more tours Tom and good health,


Name:  Alice Jacobs
Email: alicejacobs@usa.net
Date:  16 Aug 2009

Comments: Hello! I am Alice Jacobs, daughter in law of Bridie Toon- just wanting to say hello to Paddy Cole!
Best Wishes!


Name:  pat dunleavy nee harrison
Email: Pdunlevy@live.com
Date:  15 Aug 2009

Comments: I need to know what happened to Merv Allen of the Jimmy Johnston Showband. Merv and I go back a long long way. Also sorry about Barney Skillen another dear friend from long ago.

Editor's Note: Pat, the best place to get answers or find folks is on our free forum, which can be accessed from the link at the top of any page on the website. Good luck.


Name:  paul  macaongus
Email: cuchulain14@gmail.com
Date:  13 Aug 2009

Comments: This brings back many good memories


Name:  patrick hegarty
Email: p-hegarty@sky.com
Date:  13 Aug 2009

Comments: I was saddened to hear of the death of Dave (The Rave) Glover. Last saw him at the Waterfront in Belfast a few years ago in "Do You Come Here Often."  He looked very well and as always played the trumpet as he always did fantastically. Also saw him in the B&Q in Newtownabbey not so long ago. He left me with many good memories from the 60's. Thanks Dave for the memories, God bless you, rest in peace. Pat, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim.


Name:  paul meehan
Email: meehan57@hotmail.com
Date:  12 Aug 2009

Comments: great to see old school bands still remembered regards paul meehan guitarist.


Name:  jim mcmillen
Email: ussirish13@optusnet.com.au
Date:  11 Aug 2009

Comments: just found this great site brings back some wonderful memories of a great time


Name:  pat harrison
Email: Pdunlevy@live.com
Date:  11 Aug 2009

Comments: will someone please tell me what happened to merv allen jimmy johnston showband

Editor's Note: Pat, the best place to get answers is our free forum, which you can access from the link at the top of any page on the website. Good luck.


Name:  Wendy Whyte
Email: richardwhyte8@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  10 Aug 2009

Comments: hello boys its wendy here your number one fan,, you are the best band in my eyes nd always will..
we had a good night on monday in the bushtown and again on saturday in tullyglass, and i look forword to seeing you in the bushtown again in september. have fun in england and keep safe xx wendy whyte


Name:  Barrijean Walsh
Email: GinaDaleHazeandtheChampions@gmail.com
Date:  10 Aug 2009

Comments: Well done for maintaining such a fantastic site. We'd just like to let everyone know that Gina, Dale Haze and The Champions will be making a come back this Autumn with three concert dates in Cork, Kerry and Tipperary. We have put the concert information on our Facebook group if you want to have a look.


Name:  finlay and kathleen weir
Email: fandkweir@eircom.com
Date:  08 Aug 2009

Comments: To Michael O' Callaghan------- many thanks for the memories of the 60.s ------- Finlay and Kathleen


Name:  christine warnock
Email: christinewarnock101@yahoo.com
Date:  08 Aug 2009

Comments: Just found this web-site. Thank you for the wonderful memories.Names from the past that i and friends danced in the Astoria Ballroom. Those were the days .Thanks to all the bands who entertained us all those years ago especially Horslips The Indians(still going strong well done boys)to name a few. I would love to know whatever happened to Friends Showband from Derry .Thanks again for this wonderful web site


Name:  Lorna Finch
Email: lfinch@stlcc.edu
Date:  07 Aug 2009

Comments: Thanks for the fine work here-I was trying to track Emmet-Spiceland and your site gives me the most complete information.  Again, this is a wonderful resource.


Name:  J.J.Mack
Email: jmackg@gmail.com
Date:  06 Aug 2009

Comments: Hi Folks, Just joined and very glad to be here. What a surprise to find a website like this.  Been out of Ireland for quite awhile but it's good to be back and still enjoying life. In the long ago, used to go dancing on the country scene and often went to the Country Night at the National Ballroom on Parnells Square.  Many's the fine lass I met there.  Got to know the owner over the years (1974/5/6) .....Christy something and a couple of sidekicks he used to have with him and they were great crack.  Anyone remember him or them ?  Twas the place to go back then.


Name:  Jean Heffernan
Email: jeanheffernan@hotmail.com
Date:  06 Aug 2009

Comments: Hi can u please tell me if Roly Daniels still does gigs around Ireland and if so can u tell me where thank you Jean H


Name:  Bill Hutchison
Email: w.hutchison50@ntlworld.com
Date:  06 Aug 2009

Comments: I remember you lads when I was stationed in Ireland, fantastic.


Name:  Davy Magee
Email: info@thechevys.com
Date:  05 Aug 2009

Comments: Never get tired of looking at this site, totally awsome, thanks for the memories


Name:  J.J.Mack
Email: jmackg@gmail.com
Date:  05 Aug 2009

Comments: What a great site.  Brings back so many memories to me and my lady.  Anybody remember a great dance called 'Country Night' in the National Ballroom in Parnell Sq., Dublin ?  They went on for years and we didn't miss many of them.  Every Thursday, I think.  The promoter was great crack but can't remember his name. J.J.Mack


Name:  Agnes Cahill
Email: Agnes@02.ie
Date:  05 Aug 2009

Comments: Delighted to see gina and the champions back again.Lookin forward to your new c-d.


Name:  martin kelly
Email: martin.cosmic.dancer@gmail.com
Date:  05 Aug 2009

Comments: hi, great site and very informitive. could you tell me if cat stevens was ever on the cover of new spotlight please.


Name:  Mrs Ada E Newton
Email: rodge1216@tiscali.co.uk
Date:  04 Aug 2009

Comments: Thank you for your great site ....The one on the Royal Blues Show band is of great interest to us the Huddersfield girls .....we followed them whenever they played in Manchester or Leeds and we even came over to Claremorris for there first anniversary dance about 1963 .Great


Name:  Kerry
Email: kerrythecooliest@msn.com
Date:  03 Aug 2009

Comments: Heyy...!Jus came accross this and thought i'd have a look...Jim O' Conor is my uncle...!:D


Name:  Tony Devey
Email: anthonydevey@eircom.net
Date:  31 Jul 2009

Comments:  I am Willie Devey's brother and would be very grateful for any photo's of the band. Please forward my regards to everybody


Name:  kevin flynn
Email: kevinflynn@seanoconnor.ie
Date:  30 Jul 2009

Comments: Hi, does everyone know about the original lookalikes have a reunion in the button club,temple bar,dublin? Kevin....


Name:  Terry Devlin
Email: trrydevlin@yahoo.ie
Date:  26 Jul 2009

Comments: Frank Chisum was Elvis himself. Never will there be another like Frank. Anyone know what he does now????


Name:  Patrick McInerney
Email: a124pat@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  24 Jul 2009

Comments: A big thanks for a great site. Great stories on showbands...always looking for any Royal Showband, Brendan Bowyer pics, records, singles, LP's and EP's.


Name:  jimmy d. pulley
Email: pulleywak@aol.com
Date:  23 Jul 2009

Comments: I am a former Navy service man stationed at the US Derry Base from 1961 to 1964.  I very much enjoyed the music of Johnny Quigley and the All Stars and became good friends with Johnny and his family.  I would like very much to hear from Johnny or anyone in the Quigley family. Especially Joe, Mickey, or Olive.   Your friend in North Carolina  Jim P.


Name:  Cathy Vahey 
Email: cathyvahey@msn.com
Date:  22 Jul 2009

Comments: What a great site , keep up the good work.


Name:  Michael Monaghan
Email: mikemo1990@comcast.net
Date:  21 Jul 2009

Comments: I come from Bellmullet, Co. Mayo and now live in Conn., USA. The Dubliners were the best.


Name:  Geoffrey Metzger
Email: geoff.metzger@gmail.com
Date:  21 Jul 2009

Comments: Of all the showbands,  the band that had the biggest influence on me were The Freshmen Thank You.


Name:  MichaellaS
Email: vapysunny@gmail.com
Date:  21 Jul 2009

Comments: Tks for the effort you put in here I appreciate it!


Name:  harold williamson
Email: harry1066@hotmail.com
Date:  19 Jul 2009

Comments: Fond and loving memories of the showbands they will never be replaced


Name:  Paul Donnelly
Email: pauldonnelly05@eircom.net
Date:  19 Jul 2009

Comments: Hello There. What a great compilation.  


Name:  Seamus Kiernan
Email: seamuskiernan@esatclear.ie
Date:  17 Jul 2009

Comments: Just heard yesterday that the original Gina Dale Haze And The Champions are doing a reunion tour in Oct. Great band and should be great shows


Name:  Aidan Kilroy
Email: kilroya@aol.com
Date:  17 Jul 2009

Comments: Hi, Great picture, Jack taught me to play clarinet something i will always treasure . I still play a little at home mostly. Thank you.


Name:  pat dunlevy nee harrison
Email: pdunlevy@live.com
Date:  17 Jul 2009

Comments: to elaine i was a big fan of your dads often wonder what become of him only getting used to all this so fogive if mistakes are made


Name:  Daniel hyberger
Email: dannypaul3@gmail.com
Date:  12 Jul 2009

Comments: Willie Kelly is my hero!


Name:  Ray Deery
Email: raydeery@btinternet.com
Date:  10 Jul 2009

Comments: I have just found this site it brings back many memories of dances in donegal tyrone in the very early 60. Looking over the list of bands it surprising how manyi have forgotten and rembered  Afew years ago i found my old autograph book 


Name:  Adrian Birkett
Email: Email withheld by request
Date:  09 Jul 2009

Comments: I have information and photos on former band leader Benny Birkett, where do i send them. Great site!


Name:  Heather Connolly
Email: heather.connolly@opw.ie
Date:  08 Jul 2009

Comments: Loved all those nights in The Crofton (with a few guests that often got up and played with you) Happy memories thanks Heather


Name:  Thomas mcQuillan
Email: thomasmcq01@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  07 Jul 2009

Comments: Having grown up in the showband era, i consider myself very lucky not to have missed this great time and feel for those who have missed out on it. the great bands like The Royal, The Miami, The Dixies to name a few were wonderful


Name:  John Brady
Email: john@ailesbury.com
Date:  07 Jul 2009

Comments: Hi there. The site is looking great, I am a musician and a nephew of Denis O'Loughlin.  Funny its a small world! I always new my uncle was in Dermot O'Brien and the clubmen, but did not realise he was in a band with Eamonn Campbell, I met Eamonn Campbell a few weeks ago by accident.  My Aunt has original pictures of them with Bing Crosby & Gay Byrne in his youth. John.


Name:  bigjohn
Email: bigjohn007@live.ie
Date:  06 Jul 2009

Comments: Hi. Would anyone have a copy of a song by Sandy Kelly called "One Night A Week Lover." It was released in 1985 on CBS Records-CBS 6453-July, 1985. Trying for two years o get a copy. Thanks, John.


Name:  Maurice Beckett
Email: mauricebec@gmail.com
Date:  05 Jul 2009

Comments: I stopped playing in 1989 with the Kid Wayne Country Band to be able to spend more time in Business  From the early 60's I played in the Jimmy Johnston Band. We played a lot around the top half of the country from Dublin to Donegal with a few gigs in Waterford and Killarney, Cavan, Letrim, &  Monaghan area's. We all loved as the dancing fans where mighty. Rockcurry the home of Big Tom. Monaghan Town. Drumshanbo for 5 hours playing none stop. all the midweek Carnivals all great fun. Just a few of gigs that come to mind. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers the 2 band I played in. please send me a e-mail. I am living in Hillsborough Co down and my work takes me all over UK and Ireland. I think your web page is great and if I can help you at anytime regarding information just send me a mail. Looking forward to receiving some mail. Regards, Maurice Beckett


Name:  Donal Duggan
Email: donalduggan7@gmail.com
Date:  05 Jul 2009

Comments: I guys I am a keyboard player I played with a band called Tweed 1983- 1988 . It was the best time of my life ; as I plated with groups before tweed and am still playing to the present ; but that era was just fab.  I still keep in touch with the lads.  It would be nice if you can dig up a few more photos of the band


Name:  Margaret Denton(nee Colohan)
Email: margidenton@btinternet.com
Date:  02 Jul 2009

Comments: My mum ,who is 85, had been telling me about her 'maiden aunt' who was a member of the Foresters in Liverpool.in the early part of last century Out of curiousity I looked it up on the internet and found your very interesting information.  I did enjoy reading about it all. I will try to see whether more info is available  regarding the branch over in Liverpool as this maiden aunt was quite a character and wore the uniform with great price a sweeping feather on her hat!


Name:  Alan Roantree
Email: alanroantree@hotmail.com
Date:  02 Jul 2009

Comments: What a great website it brings back great memories, I use to work at avondale recording studios in dublin and recorded programmes for release records with val joyce presenting and jimmy mc gee produced the show, And the programme went out on radio 2 at the time, i remember the opening line of the show went like this"on 2 at 2 stay tuned 2 the release show " those where the days of good old vinal. I also recorded radio and TV commercials for ritz records and mick clerkin would arrive some times at our studios to see the session. I remember we recorded alot of daniel o donnell commercials with larry gogan and val joyce doing the voice over work. Other labels that come to mind are CMR which was donie cassidys label we recorded commercials for foster and allen and louise morrissey. Great website keep up the good work.


Name:  Michael Bannon
Email: oldbannon@eircom.net
Date:  30 Jun 2009

Comments: Very, very nice. Brings back memories to an auld lad like me


Name:  Geraldine McCullagh
Email: gmccullagh@oceanfree.net
Date:  29 Jun 2009

Comments: Excellent site. Well done to everybody. You have done a great job on Irish Showbands. Please add maybe the following. One of the best drummers in the North East Region was then and still is THE JAG (Jagger) otherwise known as Sean Callaghan from Kingscourt, Co. Cavan who played with JUST FRIENDS from Ardee, Co. Louth. Played for 20 years and is a living legend when it comes to anything to do with Buddy Holly music. He has every known recording and others! and of course as the name suggests "THE JAG" is a rock musician of renown. Again, well done with the site.


Name:  Des Ponsonby
Email: des@corporatesolutions.uk.net
Date:  29 Jun 2009

Comments: Great to find a picture of the William Ponsonby Showband, he was our paternal uncle. The whole Ponsonby family in Donegal were music orientated, our Dad, Denis or `Dinnie` as he was known back home was only in the band for a brief period in 1960 after we moved back to Ireland. Dad brought us all back to Birmingham shortly afterwards where he started a business that has now grown into a large company. Dad sadly passed away in 1996 but even today people always make the connection when we mention our surname with the Irish showband of the same name!! `Thats all for now! Your next dance please!


Name:  aeron elias
Email: aeron.elias@btinternet.com
Date:  28 Jun 2009

Comments: was just browsing and seen some pics of my brother george who was the drummer with the crypt fantastic site keep up the good work


Name:  Harry  Hickland
Email: h.hickland@btinternet.com
Date:  27 Jun 2009

Comments: I come from that era of the showband days, big sounds from big brass: Grenadiers, Tara, original Club Sound. Keep up the great work, keeping the 60/70's just that little bit alive!!! The big sound of the Irish showbands can't be forgotten. It's really a super, brilliant site and, I will be back for loads more. Thank you!!!


Name:  Eric Sinclair
Email: ericsinclair@ntlworld.com
Date:  26 Jun 2009

Comments: I remember great gigs around London, during Lent 1956, particularly at the Elephant & Castle. I was studying trombone at the RCM, and was delighted to be asked to dep. for the duration of that visit to London. Lessons picked up in the "Show Band" approach have stayed wwith me, and are still paying dividends - I'm still playing and entertaining and was lucky enough to play with in Lent 1956 with the Mick Delahunty Band. All the best to the present band - and thanks for the "helpful" memories.


Name:  Lise Elder Guillet
Email: classicfitness1@yahoo.com
Date:  25 Jun 2009

Comments: I love Joe Mac's music! He is one of the kindest and funniest people I have met growing up. God Bless him and his lovely family!


Name:  Sean Ryan
Email: jryan302@att.net
Date:  25 Jun 2009

Comments: Sometime I will write a short story about the "characters' that frequented the halls and marquees in Ireland in those (not-so) innocent days. Great site!


Name:  Harvey Roche
Email: harvest17@dublin.ie
Date:  24 Jun 2009

Comments: I have discovered this site in my computer class. I used to play with Donie Collins and have some photos which I would like to share with you of the Band. Let me know if this is of interest to anyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Harvey


Name:  Brendan Phelan
Email: phelbren@yahoo.ie
Date:  24 Jun 2009

Comments: Seeing the photos and reading the text on your web pages brought back many happy memories. I used to dance to the Airchords at Our Lady's Hall in Drimnagh in the early sixties before emigrating to England. In my opinion, they were the best - and I saw them all, both in the UK and Ireland. Thanks you so much. God bless.


Name:  Cono O'Brien
Email: cobrien2006@gmail.com
Date:  23 Jun 2009

Comments: Mickey O'Brien is my dad , best drummer in Ireland.


Name:  Terry Martin
Email: terrymartinb@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  23 Jun 2009

Comments: I love your website, really marvelous, many good memories. Terry Martin


Name:  Pete Kinsey
Email: pete_kinsey@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  22 Jun 2009

Comments: We must never forget the contribution which the showbands made to the development of irish music, its not just the big stars butthe girls and boys who entertained us in the numerous pop and country showbands.Sure we had our own favourites but don't let us forget the sacrifices they made, forgoing no a normal l life and relationships, travelling for hours on end to and from dancehalls and other venues, giving their all, most weeks of the year, entertaining  us for a few hours, so much so that we looked forward to their next visit,and to the unsung heroes the roadie, the band manager, and the agent all of whom formed the fabric of the showband, so please don't forget them!


Name:  carolinewalshe
Email: carolinewalshe1@gmail.com
Date:  22 Jun 2009

Comments: The Champions were just simply the best and I can't wait for them to come back on the road again in October, I'll be one of the first of both their fans and friend to be at the gig's in October XXXXX


Name:  Sunita Shroff
Email: sunitashroff@hotmail.com
Date:  22 Jun 2009

Comments: How fabulous to see such a wonderful photo!! It was fantastic to see Terry Martin, what a star!!!


Name:  gladys beckett
Email: gladysbeckett@02.ie
Date:  22 Jun 2009

Comments: my dad, Liam Lannon was in the new premier aces, southbound and the hawaiins, he recently passed away and ive loved looking on here at his pictures from that era in his life. i'd never seen these pictures until recently, THANK YOU!


Name:  roy lilley
Email: roylilley@btinternet.com
Date:  21 Jun 2009

Comments: i came to this super site thru a band called chips getting a mention on the utv rewind programme.
it brings back great memories,especially the floral hall and the arcadia,portrush.fred hanna was the resident band at the floral hall and when a "big" band was playing he would augment his band with guest players to give an even better show.i don't know if it's true but i heard that jacky flavelle was the only player ever  to return to play with dave glover.i dont like seeing showband survivors on tv,it reminds me how old we all are.


Name:  paddy canniffe
Email: sophiamud@gmail.com
Date:  21 Jun 2009

Comments: happy days travelling from cork to sligo and kilmacow in waterford when we were young and free!!


Name:  philomena gallagher
Email: philomena1.gallagher@googlemail.com
Date:  20 Jun 2009

Comments: excellent site.fantastic information.community development officer for age concern help the aged n.i.t.this information is vaulable for reminisrnce classes.netgworkingwiith johnny carroll,audiences in n.i.adore him,he is fabulous.


Name:  patrick j. patton
Email: Patrickjpatton@hotmail.com
Date:  18 Jun 2009

Comments: Always a pleasure to remember a lost age of innocence ,care free nights and GREAT music


Name:  Maureen Cannon
Email: maureenpcannon@gmail.com
Date:  18 Jun 2009

Comments: your website is thoroughly enjoyable but very sad to hear of all the showband stars who are now making music in heaven. I would like to hear something about the Hi-Lows showband who played very frequently in Labane and Gort Co Galway,featuring brothers John and Des Tighe


Name:  George Porter
Email: george@grporter.plus.com
Date:  17 Jun 2009

Comments: Hi - great site, but I have a correction!  The Soul Foundation was a Belfast band.  The personnel in your photo are Front:  John Cox (guitar), the late Sam Mahood (vocals), Chris Napier (sax)
Back:  Rusty Crooks (vocals), George Porter (bass), Mervyn Crawford (sax), Roy Irwin (drums), Phil Turner (sax), Karen Byrne (vocals) If anyone has other photos, I'd love a copy.


Name:  TerryMartin
Email: terrymartinb@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  17 Jun 2009

Comments: Love your web site.


Name:  Paul Lyttle
Email: paul@xmusic.ie
Date:  17 Jun 2009

Comments: How are you doin'? I love the site - it really jerks and pulls the old memory banks. I have moved my working location should anyone need to contact me - for 17 years I was with Music Maker, but last September made the move to the future of instrument retailing in Ireland, something I always thought should happen but could never finance - a real music mega-store. 23,000 sq ft of state of the art premises just off the Red Cow roundabout - X MUSIC. Music wise I have been playing with Joanna and Tequila Sunrise for the last couple of years and it has been a joy - not only because Joanna is the most professional and consistent lady in the business but she actually "lets" me play guitar, which I love. Just wanted to bring you up to speed with my current lot and say a big HELLO to all who remember me, for whatever reason - it really is good to stay in touch, and how rarely we do!!! Best Regards for now - Paul Lyttle.


Name:  gerry nevin
Email: gerry.nevin@yahoo.ie
Date:  16 Jun 2009

Comments: I met some lovely friends from the dances with Royal. The Royal were like good wine, they got better with time. God bless then for wonderful times. Gerry


Name:  Terry Martin
Email: terrymartinb@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  16 Jun 2009

Comments: Reading your website I have been very excited as it has brought back many dear memories.   In 1962 I won the Search for a Ballad Singer sponsered by The Sunday Independant paper.  After touring America as an individual artist with Brendan O'Dowda the winning song Johnny Gray , then I joined the The Fiesta Show Band and toured in Germany at The Star Club Hamburg.   I am very interested in perhaps contacting Brian Mulholland(Belfast) or any of the Fiesta Group that remembers Terry Martin I now Live in the West End, London and I would like to know what and the where abouts  on all the band memebers including Manager Paddy Murray and also anyone from The Gay Lords Show Band Which I Sang with Denise Carson etc. I shall keep close contact with this website should any one I have  mentioned like to contact myself as this is very exciting.


Name:  Ian Ross
Email: jr011b3755@blueyonder.co.uk
Date:  16 Jun 2009

Comments: Fantastic web-site, well set out. Brought back some painful memories  though. I was in a village in the Scottish highlands, and my cousin introduced me to The Hucklebuck, I then pulled a leg muscle trying to do it !  My biggest regret is never having seen any of the bands live.


Name:  Katie O' Leary
Email: Kinkykxoxo@hotmail.com
Date:  15 Jun 2009

Comments: grandaughter of John Sheehan( trumpet )...Love looking at the site...so proud of you pops RIP. Love you and miss you. xxx


Name:  nellie fitzgerald
Email: maryfitzgerald1960@hotmail.com
Date:  15 Jun 2009

Comments: Hi my mames nellie r nel 2 all who know me,i was first introduced 2 the band at age 27 by my then boyfriend since my husband,best yrs of my life following the band,glad tgey r still going strong sadly i dont get 2 c much of them these days as i work weekends but would like 2 say hello 2 eamonn,tommy,& brian,i no chris has lift & noel [hi big cheif ] & not forgetting paul,best wishes 2 u all,remember the day u all come round for dinner..hope 2 c u all soon,take care & god bless,nell & mark


Name:  Brian Madden
Email: briandmadden@telefonica.net
Date:  14 Jun 2009

Comments: Hello to anyone who worked in the record / music business during the 70s in Dublin. Particularly Pye Records, Polydor and Dolphin Discs. Contact me by email for a catch-up....Cheers, Brian Madden (ex employee of all above)


Name:  donna mcelroy
Email: donnamcelroy@hotmail.uk
Date:  12 Jun 2009

Comments: remembering chips playing at moneyglass hall years ago. i used to sit on the stage and watch irene  mcelroy singing, "im her younger sister,  donna,i used to go and stay in rethmines at and when she lived at her digs greenmount lawns . i enjoyed my holidays there.i  remember sean mcgee , and artie and paul and linda.all on stage like real stars, as they were,


Name:  Ray Weir
Email: RAYROSALEEN@bigpond.com
Date:  10 Jun 2009

Comments: just  as resently as to day  my son said dad , i got onto a great website , called ''irish showbands ''. and he was  able to get ny name up as a forner member of the 'manhatten showband ' ''belfast '' with my old mate / van morrison , i,ve lived the best part of 37, years  in melbourne australia , i,m ofourse an australian , but do remember those days  very well, indeed . '' im still involved in music , and am  now a song writter . singer ,/ i, still play regularly, once a week  and intertain , senior ,s groups , etc . now i,ve been back quite a few times , but have a question for you , i,d love to locate  an old friend of mine , ''called ''trevoor  dixon , from upper ballinderry, , you can give him my ' e-mail address with my permition , '' answering your question , about the web page i think it,s fab really do.  keep up the good work  ,  your kind reguards ,  ray weir    


Name:  Denise Mahon
Email: (email withheld by request)
Date:  09 Jun 2009

Comments: Many thanks for your good wishes on the death of my father Sean Mahon of The Freshmen. His death was quite a shock to us but we know that he enjoyed life to the full right up until 3 weeks before his death. The musical legacy lives on within the family; my brother Paul is the guitarist in rock band The Answer. Daddy did get to see them in April at the 02 in Dublin and was very proud.


Name:  Barbara Finch
Email: barbrafinch@tiscali.co.uk
Date:  09 Jun 2009

Comments: Hi, I have been a fan of Sandy's for a long time now and whenever possible I go and see her. It is, since my husband Dennis passed away, that this is not always possible now as I do not drive. I send my love to Sandy I saw her last at the Embassy Theatre in Skegness and she was gracious enough to have her photo taken with me I do miss her. I send her my love and wish her luck in everything that she does,   Barbara xx


Name:  Linda Kay Sloat
Email: klin112550@aol.com
Date:  07 Jun 2009

Comments: I used to see Brendan Bowyer and the Irish SHowband in Evansville, Indiana and in Oaklawn Illinois and in Vegas in 2004 on Paddy's Day. What wonderful memories from the 70's and 80's. Sure wish they would come back and perform in Evansville again. The people at the Executive Inn went crazy over the group. Thoise were the good ole' days. Of course, those days can not be recreated, for several of the group are either not in the US or are now deceased. But the memories are still there and you cannot take the memories away, but it would be wondeful to be able to see whatever members of the group perform again and create some more recent memories.


Name:  Patricia O'Shaughnessy
Email: tpo630@optonline.net
Date:  05 Jun 2009

Comments: Hi there, I am the sister of Bobby Smith and I live in America.  Loved the web site, brought back a lot of wonderful memories of my brothers time with the band.  He is still playing his music and performing in Dublin. 


Name:  danny maitland
Email: d.maitland2@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  03 Jun 2009

Comments: great site .seen a picture of my late dad .he was lead vocals with the matadors showband.danny maitland jr


Name:  clarke frampton
Email: frampton629@btinternet.com
Date:  01 Jun 2009

Comments: Happy to share memories with old mates and punters alike  I played with /sang with the Cousins and the Green Angels from Ballymena hey So often I have thought that there was nothing better than a gig when you look down and people were dancing, romancuing and prancing,  brilliant why not and we thought we were in heravren and we probably were.


Name:  clarke frampton
Email: frampton629@btinternet.com
Date:  01 Jun 2009

Comments: Happy to share memories with old mates and punters alike


Name:  Adrian Harrison
Email: adrianharrison@btinternet.com
Date:  31 May 2009

Comments: What a great site, bringing back great memories of those wonderful 60s and fantastic showbands. My memories of the College Boys, Miame Showband, Van Morrison and Them at the Tech College.  I was a founding member of the Cousins with the late Joe Mckee, Clarke Frampton, John Montgomery and Noel our road manager. Great days!  Please contact me if you remember the guys-great entertainers, great musicians and great friends. Thanks to this site I have been able to make contact with Clarke Framptom after 47 years!!.


Name:  Dee McLoughlin
Email: dmclou1@aol.com
Date:  30 May 2009

Comments: I came across this site by chance but it brought back many happy memories of growing up in Dublin in the 60's , many a happy night was spent at Stella House watching the late Rory Gallagher and Taste, where's  Ritchie Mc Cracken and John Wilson now I wonder, I also remember The Others , Clouds , The Orange Machine, The Power and Glory. And of course there was Sloopys in Dublin and The Countdown Club............. and in Dunlaoghaire the Bamboo Club and The Caroline Club.............The Rugby Club which I think was in Deansgrange.
Happy Daze indeed.


Name:  browneize
Email: swordsm@hotmail.com
Date:  27 May 2009

Comments: Haven't been on irish showbands.com in awhile but im back as i love it


Name:  John Rannells
Email: eqjonran@aol.com
Date:  26 May 2009

Comments: In 1961 I was stationed at the US Naval Base in Londonderry, NI.  There I met Gay McIntyre and his Dad.  They were on the road all over Ireland with a Show Band.  I got to travel with them on occasion and it was great.  I returned to Ireland and stayed with Willie McIntyre in Belfast where I met some guys from Queens University.  They formed "The Arabs".  I was the road manager for over a year.  We shared a stage with Roy Orbison at one gig.  It was probably the most fun I had in my entire life.  I returned to the US in '68.  I remember all the names of the popular Show Bands of that time.  Ireland was lucky to have that time.  Thanks to all those guys, (and gals), who left work on Friday, loaded the van, traveled to the ballroom, set up, played till midnight, packed up the van and got home at 5:00am only to repeat it the next night.


Name:  Mickey Bunting
Email: mickeybunting@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  22 May 2009

Comments: Those where the days,a lifetime ago. Memories, Memories ,Memories.


Name:  kevin mckeag
Email: k_mckeag@msn.com
Date:  20 May 2009

Comments: My dad Oliver played in the Kerry Blues.


Name:  george lenihan
Email: lenihan_george@hotmail.com
Date:  18 May 2009

Comments: just remembering going to cronins in charleville and the one in mallow, which i have forgotten the name of, but the devil himself knows what it's called.


Name:  terry barrett
Email: lukky55@hotmail.com
Date:  15 May 2009

Comments: hi everyone,great site!!. nice to see a pic of aband i played with from navan,...the arcadians. you asked for info on the band members. here are the ones i remember back left was the drummer kevin smith  unknown..jimmy smith(bandleader and sax)  unknown and right is bass player tony smith one of the 4 smith brothers . at the front is des smith (trumpet) (did a mean oh my papa!!!) and right front is unknown. this was either before i joined or after i left c .61/62   i  know we did a couple of tours of the uk and while we waited for the ferry in dublin,..kev and myself went to see rock a hula (elvis presley) hope this helps fill in a few gaps


Name:  shay martin
Email: (withheld by request)
Date:  14 May 2009

Comments: john mc grena replaced me in the farmers sons i left to join the garda


Name:  Jimmy Caulfield
Email: caulfieldjimmy@hotmail.com
Date:  14 May 2009

Comments: your Show Band web site is brillant and very interesting for anyone who is intrested in the history of the Irish showband's. I was lucky to have been a young musician  in the 1960s and to have played trumpet for 3 years on a showband from Campile co Wexford called the Kingston Showband and looking at the photos of the showbands remind me of the time I played support to a lot of the big name bands in the Barrowland Ballroom in New Ross.


Name:  Margaret Martin
Email: margaretmartin11@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  13 May 2009

Comments: Have always loved their music, I wish they were still on the road.


Name:  Catherine and Grainne Moore
Email: (withheld by request)
Date:  12 May 2009

Comments: Really nice to be able to read about our fantastic father Des and wonderful uncle Butch. well done on the website.


Name:  Janie Reed
Email: tazr@pennswoods.net
Date:  11 May 2009

Comments: Live on St Croix know and here Steve Katz and Gordon Pritchard who builds guitars for Steve. Have Irish cousins been to ireland; listen to Christy Moore.want to know more about your music


Name:  Jim O'Donnell
Email: (withheld by request)
Date:  10 May 2009

Comments: I'm 66 yrs old & have only recently went on internet. I was delighted to find so much information and indeed items about bands and music from times long gone. ie Lee Lynch who would be known to London residents amongst others. Whatever happened to Collette who used to sing in his band the Blue Angels? I've read the list of musicians who has departed from us . I missed the news of Doc Carrols demise. This is my first venture into communicating on this wonderous invention and I'm still treating it as a new toy. I've been lucky enough to hear music by Horseslips, Joe Dolan RIP Lee Lynch Deloras Keane Ronnie Drew RIP Sean Keane, but no sign of "Poitin" with Naisa Power,RIP ( Waterford, Drummer/vocalist) Michael O'Rourke,(Fiddle) Dave Golden (Liverpool, Base guitar) Joe O'Donnell, (Donegal; Lead Guitar/vocalist. I know they made some recordings in the 1970s or '80s. The best of luck to all of you involved in this noblest of efforts. God Bless. 


Name:  Mel Dean
Email: mel.dean@ntlworld.com
Date:  09 May 2009

Comments: I'm the guy in the darl glasses on the plane steps leaving for Monaco with The Caroline Showband. I was with the band for many years including the 5 or 6 spent in Manchester. If you want more pics of the band let me know. Prior to joining the Caroline, I was with Earl Gill (including the Hoedowners) both on the road and resident at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Regards, Mel Dean.


Name:  Kathleen Liston
Email: katliston@yahoo.ie
Date:  09 May 2009

Comments: Please advice if there are any cassettes of Gina, Dale Haze and the Champions available?

Answer: Hi Kathleen, your best bet is probably on Ebay or getting one used. You should also try to post a request on our free forums. 


Name:  martin kelly
Email: martin.cosmic.dancer@gmail.com
Date:  09 May 2009

Comments: A band that you haven't put in which was formed by Eamon Dowd, was the Swinging Swine which were on the road from 1987 to 1990. The band had one single called, "Them Ghosts Do Come" and they also recorded a Nick Drake cover called Voice From The Mountain on a Nick Drake compilation album. Thanks.

Answer: Martin if you can send us more details about the band, we will be happy to list them.


Name:  Sean Thompson
Email: sean.thompson@live.ie
Date:  07 May 2009

Comments: Its a real pleasure to be able to contribute my two pence worth to the wonderful work done by your site. Its heart warming to see we can still in the memories of that wonderful era. Yes indeed, the era of happiness, when you could go out dancing and no fear of trouble. Girls could feel safe. Those were the days long gone, I'm afraid, like so many of the bands, dance halls, marquees, town Halls, Last, but not least, some of the finest entertainers (i.e., Joe Dolan, Brendan O'Brien, Tom Dunphy, Dermot O'Brien, Danny Pearse and so many many more RIP. Why I mention Danny is he was the first of that era to pass away due to that dreaded word the big "C". We lost our best, lets hope they are at rest with a huge showband up above. Just imagine Joe and Brendan with support artists, Elvis, Buddy Holly, John Denver, Jim Reeves. What a nite! rock on folks, Thanks again to every one who brought such joy to our hearts and Irish Showbands for keeping the memories alive in our time, God Bless You All. Sean Thompson.


Name:  Phil Mclaughlin
Email: killala@btinternet.com
Date:  07 May 2009

Comments: Hi to all behind this great site. I only found out about it via a visitor to my own website where I am playing many of the old favourites from the 60s and thereabouts. They were the great times that can never be replaced , but thanks to sites like this one , the memories live on .Good luck to you all. regards Phil Mack .


Name:  Sean Duke
Email: surferfantastic@hotmail.com
Date:  06 May 2009

Comments: This is a fantastic website. My father, Mike Duke, was in The Tara Showband during the 60's and 70's. Mike sadly passed away in Feb. 1994. I was hoping you could add this information to his profile. Thank you and best wishes. Sean.


Name:  Eilish Curran
Email: eilish@johnstonsolicitors.com
Date:  05 May 2009

Comments: Hi all, brilliant site how many memories brought back. Favourite dance halls were Orpheus and Floral Hall. Keep on with the good work


Name:  Gerry Howard
Email: gerry-howard@hotmail.com
Date:  05 May 2009

Comments: Hi I read recently of the death of one of the Doherty Bros.who ran Topline Promotions the Miami's agents can anyone verify. Thanks Gerry


Name:  jacqueline creighton cooke
Email: jacquelineannecooke@eircom.net
Date:  04 May 2009

Comments: Hi just found your site it was great to see i remember seeing some of the pictures when i was small my uncle is peter creighton keep up the site it is brill


Name:  clarke frampton
Email: frampton629@btinternet.com
Date:  04 May 2009

Comments: I used to play in two showbands the "Cousins" from Belfast and "Green Angels" from Ballymena.Now I gig occassionally with a band from Whitehead and with a couple of pals in the "Cousins". Would like to hear from any old band pals.


Name:  Michael lyons
Email: sydneyirishradio@2ser.com
Date:  04 May 2009

Comments: The passing of Shay O'Hara (Royal Blues) recently was a shock to all. He was a great Irish-Australian and loved  by all. Michael Lyons. 


Name:  Emma Phelan
Email: emmaellap@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  01 May 2009

Comments: Martin Phelan's Daughter.


Name:  Saramai Leech
Email: ThePlazaBuncrana@gmail.com
Date:  01 May 2009

Comments: Hi - I work in the Plaza Ballroom in Buncrana - we have some great shots from days gone by - please forward an email address so i can forward these. Also we are currently getting our website going - it would be great if you could include it on your site where you list ballrooms in Donegal, the Plaza is now a community owned charity -  your website is great!


Name:  enda mckenna
Email: endamck@tiscali.co.uk
Date:  30 Apr 2009

Comments: keep up the good work just visited ur site for the first time


Name:  john o'driscoll
Email: jod4446@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  29 Apr 2009

Comments: this group left me with great memories.


Name:  Peter Law
Email: plawlornaas@hotmail.com
Date:  29 Apr 2009

Comments: just looking for some photographs, kind regards to all at the forum, Peter


Name:  Noelle Dalton
Email: noelle10@gmail.com
Date:  28 Apr 2009

Comments: This is a brilliant site. I have spent hours browsing through the showband photos and information. My husband Mike Dalton played with the Capitol and Paddy Cole Superstars and it is great to look back on those good old days. Being a showband widow was difficult and raising a family in that scene wasn't easy as I am sure many of the wives will identify with, but the music was terrific. We have a D.V.D. "Irish Showbands" A trip down memory lane, I have given it as a gift to many of my friends and wonder if anymore have been recorded. It was introduced by George Jones with " Do you come here often" It is played continuosly here, as sadly Mike now suffers from dementia and has severe memory loss but will sing every song and beat out every tune on it. Keep up the great work.


Name:  Alan James-Carr
Email: ajguinness@shaw.ca
Date:  27 Apr 2009

Comments: Just checkin' on all you heads. Cheers, Alan (Stage 2).


Name:  Gerry Brown
Email: Browg9@aol.com
Date:  27 Apr 2009

Comments: What can I say that hasn't already been said? I followed Brian Coll since I was a kid, I loved C&W and Brian was as good as they come, as a matter of fact Brian was as good, and even better than a lot of American C&W singer's. Brian entertained for so many years, and is still bringing in the crowds. I used to go mostly to carnival, where the big bands played in Marquee's, hence the Declan Nerney song, (Marquee in Drumlish). I still have lots of music belonging to BC... A great singer indeed...


Name:  Betty Kelly
Email: rockskelly007@eircom.net
Date:  26 Apr 2009

Comments: Hi Im new to all this cyber stuff, late starter, just found your site its deadly (wonderful)  keeps the showbands alive. 


Name:  maureen fitzpatrick
Email: maursfitz@hotmail.com
Date:  26 Apr 2009

Comments: Hi Adrian, It was a pleasure to meet you recently in France. It brought back lots of memories of the showband era. may you continue to rock on. If possible could I get your email address. Maureen.

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