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Name: Cyril Wilkinson
Email: Withheld by request
Date:  25 Dec 2011

Comments: To Nora Quinn the song to which you refer is ''The Cottage By The Sea'' a song by Gerry Carney who became famous with a song called ''Paddy''


Name: ben hannigan
Email: Withheld By request
Date: 21 Dec 2011

Comments: hi everybody..was just thinking about an old friend of mine..TONY GERAGHTY..tragically wiped out..i knew tony from the rock scene and he was a gent and agreat guitarist...always in my prayers...god bless..ben


Name: Liam Tymon
Email: cartronbay@aol.com
Date:  21 Dec 2011

Comments: Carl Neilson sadly passed away 2 months ago. Carl played trumpet with the Cleffonairs for many years.He has played with the Jazz Ladds  [Sligo] for 10 /12 yrs.They still  play around Sligo.

Editor's Note: Thanks Liam, we posted news of his death when it occurred, he will be missed.


Name: Norah Quinn
Email: murraysligo@yahoo.co.uk
Date:   18 Dec 2011

Comments: Hello everyone and a very happy Christmas to you all.


Name: Trevor Kane
Email: trevorskane2005@yahoo.com
Date: 16 Dec 2011

Comments: Hi Trevor here I was a great fan of Mary Hurley (Gina Dale Haze and the Champions) I had most of there records I lost one called Mary Lou do you know were I can get this record
Thanks


Name:Ken Masson
Email: masson.ken@gmail.com
Date: 16 Dec 2011

Comments:  I have just come across your website and was surprised to see no mention of my father. Jimmy Masson was a prominent leader of the orchestra in the Gresham Hotel, Dublin, in the forties and in the National Ballroom in the fifties. He also was resident band leader during the first three years of Butlins Holiday Camp in Mosney. If you are interested in adding my father to your list let me know and I will send you additional information.
SIncerely, Ken Masson


Name: John Lynch          
Email: johnlynch7@eircom.net
Date: 14 Dec 2011

Comments: In reply to two posts below this, who did not publish their email addresses: To Geraldine, Indians fan:  The song you are after was the last track on their first album, Indian Country, called One Song Away and if you care to contact me, we can take it from there. To Cyril Wilkinson: I am happy to point you and anyone else who may be interested to an annual Irish artists charts from 1963-1979, compiled by yours truly here on the site. You can follow the links to "Records and Audio" and then to "Top Singles." John.

(Editor's note: Our thanks to John for allowing us to publish his listing of top Irish singles.)    


Name: Cyril Wilkinson.
Email: cyrilwilkinson@sunbeamhouseservices.ie
Date: 14 Dec 2011

Comments: Hi there everybody well just to tell you that next October 2012 we will all being well, be celebrating (I'm not sure how) the 50th (Golden) anniversary of the inception of the Irish music charts The very first  No.1 in which was ''She's Not You'' by Elvis Presley.


Name: Anne Hand
Email: brigidhand@aol.com
Date: 14 Dec 2011

Comments:

I grew up in Bray and my best friend Valerie was Fran O'Toole's wife.  I'm looking for her, I know she moved to Canada after Fran's death.  If you know where she is, can you let me know?  Many thanks.


Name: geraldine fitzharris
Email: geraldinefitzharris@yahoo.ie
Date:  11 Dec 2011

Comments: Loved going through your website, and seeing all the bands I danced to.  Have you any idea where Norman Payne is now.  Is he contactable.  I heard he plays in the US, is that true.   Geraldine


Name:  Geraldine
Email: Withheld by request
Date: 03 Dec 2011

Comments: my uncle use to play the Indians in the late 70s when I was in my early teens there was 1 song I used to like I don't know the name of it, but I do remember singing (ughka luka lushka witch means that I love you and if you'll be my baby I'll ughka luka lushka you.) sorry about the spelling. If it was a song the Indians sung could some one let me know the name of it plz. This would mean a lot to me as I lost my uncle a few yrs ago and 1 thing we both enjoyed was listening to his tapes.


Name: Cyril Wilkinson
Email: Withheld by request
Date: 30 Nov 2011

Comments: Hi everyone I'm enjoying your website it's very good altogether Any chance of publishing some archive Irish Top 10 Charts going from the years 1962-1970? they would be to say the least very interesting indeed only next October 2012 we'll have the 50th anniversary of the Irish charts since it was published in October 1962.

(Editor's Note: We have a listing of top Irish records on the site. Follow the links to "Records and Audio" and then "Top Singles." Our thanks to John Lynch for supplying the list.)


Name: Peter magill
Email: Withheld by request
Date: 23 Nov 2011

Comments: I danced to the Royal and many other showbands, and like many others I met my wife at a showband  dance over 45 tears ago. We have many great memories of those days. It was lovely to read about where life has taken the various band members. I would like to say a big thank you to them all. Especially our favourite, the one and only Brendan Bowyer, a special thanks to yourselves for this wonderful website.


Name: martin molloy
Email: fintownharps@aol.com
Date: 20 Nov 2011

Comments: Geraldine and the Cufflinks band very populer in donegal in the 70's early 80's geraldine married an moved to londan in 87 the cufflinks are still playing away an are a very populer wedding band in the county. the founder mr pat molloy is still playing an playing greater than ever.past members inculd cornilies ward, jd early,cara melly,mary rose ,mary o roukee, just to name a few


Name:  Jim Larkin
Email: IrishRadio@comcast.net
Date: 19 Nov 2011

Comments: Awesome website. I have been doing an Irish Radio Show in the Boston area for almost 30 years and play quite a few of the performers here. It's great to see pictures and info on some that I only have a singe of. I could spend hours on this site. Great work indeed. For several years, I performed with Eamonn McGirr (Of the Go Lucky Four) here in the USA. Twas a great time. Keep up the great work.


Name:  Pat Brosnan
Email: patrickbrosnan2001@yahoo.com
Date:19 Nov 2011

Comments: Hello as an avid follower of all things Irish I am a follower of the show-band era and I can also play the guitar to a good level but I cannot seem to get any live gigs in any pubs. Can anyone help me please??


Name: Roy Wasbotten
Email: roywasbotten@yahoo.com
Date: 17 Nov 2011

Comments: whats up, guys?? my name is roy wasbotten and my parents, steve and margaret, are old friends of the band. we live in lakenheath, england and my parents are still there!! i remember tony hughes the best and his son....whos name i forgot, lee?? anyway, sad to see you guys are not a whole because i have fond memories of you. good luck and thanks for the memories!! Roy Wasbotten


Name: Michael Lannon
Email: quinnlann@roadrunner.com
Date: 16 Nov 2011

Comments: Can anyone give me any biographical information about Ruthie Morrissey or Mickey and Mary Carton?  I just "discovered" their records and can find no mention of them on the internet.


Name: Dympna kelly
Email: tjrdk@btconnect.com
Date: 15 Nov 2011

Comments: Do you have any info on Comets Showband from Omagh in the 50s???


Name: bob dixon
Email:  kalibrecountryband@gmail.com
Date: 12 Nov 2011

Comments: I thoroughly enjoyed a trawl through your site,it took me back to the late 70s when I played steel guitar in Roly Daniels' band along with Seamus Mahon, Davy Gorman, Martin Gildea, Johnny Morris and Martin Cleary. Good days, good guys, good gigs, good craic, crap money. Playing in this band gave me my first taste of the pro scene, and I learned a lot from it. I never regretted it, and still play today ( I'm 65 now) for a living. Bob Dixon Bristol
u.k.


Name: warren tivy
Email: hatzt@hotmail.com
Date: 09 Nov 2011

Comments: Great site ,i have great photos of the showboat ball room in youghal that my grand dad Jumbo Perks gave us how do i upload them to this site or who do i email to submit them. cheers. warren


Name: John McBride
Email: Megabodhran@hotmail.com
Date: 09 Nov 2011

Comments: I found your website yesterday and have been blown away by all of the wonderful work you have done. Thanks!  It is a great reference to some of the greatest Irish bands out there.


Name:  Marie Lunt
Email: marielunt@live.ie
Date:08 Nov 2011

Comments: My dad was Jim Clarke he was drummer with Johnnie Buttler would love to hear from anyone who remembers him .


Name: martin crawford
Email: martincrawford88@yahoo.co.uk
Date: 02 Nov 2011

Comments: drummer n king creole


Name: Florence Smith
Email: withheld by request
Date:02 Nov 2011

Comments: My dad Johnny Keyes born in Dublin sang  at the shamrock ballroom and the harp ballroom for many years in Birmingham . Sadly he passed away a few years ago. In his lifetime he was called irelands Bing Crosby after winning a Bing Crosby competition. If anyone can share any memories of the years in Birmingham , or the earlier years at the Capitol theatre Dublin I would love to hear them.


Name: Val
Email: val1021@mail.ru
Date: 20 Oct 2011

Comments: Thanx for enthusiasm you have shown at this site! Everything is made with love and dedication! Found much useful information on Johnny Logan and very nice pics of Thin Lizzy! Hi from Irish rock music fans here in Russia! Keep on rockin' guys!


Name:Angela D!Arcy
Email: angeladmonalea@eircom.net
Date: 30 Sep 2011

Comments: I would like to tell you a bit of history about the Original Vampiires before Tony Kenny time. The group consisted of Paul Kavanagh Lead Guitar.Mick O Grady Bass Guitar R.I.P.John D!Arcy Rythem Guitar and Ken Ryan Drums/This group was formed in the early 60s.If you would like any more info I would be glad to help.


Name:  Norah Quinn
Email: murraysligo@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  26 Sep 2011

Comments: I want to thank this guestbook for helping me to find out about a song I heard and didn't know the proper name of it. 2 very nice ladys answered my request Josephine and Kathleen and now I have it. Many thanks indeed


Name: Brigene
Email: brigenedancer13@hotmail.com
Date: 23 Sep 2011

Comments: Would love to get in touch with Frankie Mc Girr who was a member of the original Hoot'nannys.  We were great friends many years ago until he emigrated to Australia.  Haven't heard from him since and would love to hear all his news and craic.


Name: bridei mc manus
Email:  brideim@talktalk.net
Date: 20 Sep 2011

Comments: would love to know what happened to the doniie colllins showband. loved them and danced in rosses point michael falahee was a special person would be great to hear thanks


Name:  John Brennan
Email:   withheld by request
Date: 18 Sep 2011

Comments: I used to love all the showbands that used to come to the Majestic Ballroom Mallow. I remember going with a friend to buy a car off one of the Memories in Dublin. We were so delighted that we nearly crashed the car at Artane Roundabout as we never had driven on roundabouts before !!


Name: Angela Graham
Email: withheld by request
Date: 14 Sep 2011

Comments: I have always loved the Indians,the last time I saw them was at the galtee in Cricklewood and the National in Kilburn.


Name: Liam Redmond
Email: liam_redmond@eircom.net
Date: 13 Sep 2011

Comments: You list the Kevin O'Doherty Showband, Dublin. I played bass guitar in it for a while and the following are some memories. First of all the head's name was Kevan, the A was important. Kevan was an asthmatic alto sax player, there was a 2nd sax player called Arthur, a trumpet player called Ambrose Bonnie (Last seen in the Merrion Sq. Art Gallery). the drummer was Frank? who plays golf in Newlands. I can't remember much more. Kevan was a music teacher on Crumlin Road and I think that he also played in theatre orchestras.

(Editor's note: Our thanks to Kevin for the info, we are following up via email)


Name: Martin Oshea
Email: withheld by request
Date: 11 Sep 2011

Comments: i had many happy night hearing noel sing at the prince of wales pub in hammersmith london,in 73&74 also wexford kiley sang there, i had an LP of him lent it and never got it back,my favret songs were,punchastown races where he recited and rember soney hes still your dad, as i rember he died having a heart opperation in hammersmith hospital in 74 or 75 hope this is some help, a fine build of a man 6ft plus and a long beard. regards Martin OShea west kensington.


Name: Katherine Thornton
Email: Spoonofdoom@hotmail.co.uk
Date: 11 Sep 2011

Comments: Hi. I'm Dave Thornton's daughter. He played with the Northern Comets and briefly for the Plattermen.  I found this website and couldn't believe my eyes! It's so impressive seeing my dad in the good old days. He says it brings back a lot of good memories.  Kathy


Name: Norah Quinn
Email: murraysligo@yahoo.co.uk
Date: 08 Sep 2011

Comments: I was in Gleneagles in Killarney and Shay O'Callaghan sang a song called "I Haven't Been to Mass since I Left Ireland" I want to know where I could get this song on CD as I had never heard it before and thought it was great. I want to send it to my brother in Australia. Can anyone help. Many thanks.


Name: john charles stewart 
Email: john.stewart2@nio.gsi.gov.uk
Date: 08 Sep 2011

Comments: Billy Joe was a pal of mine his name was billy johnstone he sang as billy fonda and sang with many bands Sadly he die a few years ago .THANKS


Name:Anne Byrne
Email: annetbyrne30@hotmail.com
Date: 03 Sep 2011

Comments: Just want to talk to Robert. My hubby passed away two years ago and he was a healthy fit man a musician and a mechanic with loads of interests and a love of life.   Yours Anne byrne.


Name: jerry macari
Email: jerry.macari@att.net
Date: 02 Sep 2011

Comments: just saw horslips at the fairport cropredyconvention. a lot of energy and a lot of smiles. thought they were great.Happy to see them again after all these years.the crowd loved them. they only got better. thank you.


Name: Dermot Magill
Email: dermotmagill@gmail.com
Date: 29 Aug 2011

Comments: i was a member of the lincoln folk and could send photos if you like


Name: Drew
Email: ayndru@iprimus.com.au
Date: 26 Aug 2011

Comments:  Have just read about the passing of Derek McCormick . I'm devastated .First heard the Barleycorn at the 1988 World Expo in Brisbane. What a talent Derek was .Never have I heard Danny Boy sung so beautifully . His version of Maggie is still one of the best. I met him at Twin Towns ,Gold Coast when he was with the Fureys . I reminded him of a headline in the local paper at Expo. 'Irish singer can't sing because he has broken his hand .' The Fureys nearly fell off their bar stools.   RIP derek you gave us so much pleasure.


Name: Eamonn Donnelly
Email: eamonndonnelly@eircom.net
Date:  21 Aug 2011

Comments: I was the  Drummer with "Tina and The Mexicans" and Our sax player Philip Denvie who also played with "The Banshess" a life time ago, Died from a heart attack aged 67 On the 24th of July 2011 in Virgina USA. Philip was very well known in and around Belfast in the Early 60's before joining The Mexicans. Wasn't sure where to write this message so that it gets to the right people. Thanks for your great and interesting site i have really enjoyed it and have learnt that some guys i played over the years are no longer with us. Eamonn


Name: Andy Peters
Email: andrewpeters@netel.com
Date: 21 Aug 2011

Comments: I can tell u that Fran Byrne of the Sands Showband went on to play with UK based band Ace who had a chart hit with How Long. the band featured Paul Carrack as Lead Singer. Fran also played in recent years with Dublin based the Ben Prevo Band ( Blues )


Name:  Andy Peters
Email: andrewpeters@onetel.com
Date: 20 Aug 2011

Comments:  Hi, I was a big fan of the Sands showband and friendly with Tony Kenny & Tommy O'Rourke. Just heard that Tony wasn't well and would love to send him him a get well message. Can you assist with a contact email  Kind Regards Andy Peters


Name: cathie logan (catherine potter)
Email: catherinempotter@yahoo.co.uk
Date: 20 Aug 2011

Comments: It was the early 60s when we, mother, kevin, billy, heather and me met Martin, Murty, one other and Michael, Martin's brother, on holiday in Sitges, Barcelona.  They were lovely, lovely people and had fun playing table tennis with them.  Five countries later, I want to say thank you for the privilege and for their fantastic music which we have enjoyed over the years.  I am sorry for your recent loss. Sorry, I did meant to say thank you too for these sites of The Miami Showband.  They are nostalgically very well done. Love from Cathie


Name: Patsy Mc Auley
Email: pmcauley@btinternet.com
Date: 17 Aug 2011

Comments: Haven't been on this forum for quite a while,but I have heard some good new bands,mostly in Bundoran.Some great singers,but more country than they were in the 60's. They all need an injection of brass to really bring me back. But I'm not complaining, the oul' music is in good hands.


Name: June Brudenell Bardin
Email: junebardin@gmail.com
Date:  16 Aug 2011

Comments: Hi, would anyone have a copy or page from Spotlight magazine which featured a Glen Abbey tights competition. I think it was between 1970 and 1974. Any information on this would be appreciated,. Thank you. 


Name: pat oneill  swingin paddy
Email: patoneill779@aol.com
Date:  15 Aug 2011

Comments: love the site


Name: André Wilding
Email: Withheld by request
Date:14 Aug 2011

Comments: Hi, Does anyone remember the Outer Limitts from Downpatrick ?


Name: Mick Gilligan
Email: miceal27@yahoo.co.uk
Date: 14 Aug 2011

Comments: Hi, I'm trying to find film footage of the Blue Aces taken at the Abbey Ballroom Drogheda around 1961/62.  I have a small piece of the above on video, but would dearly love to see the whole thing. Congrats on the site, it gets better and better!  M.G.


Name: seamus
Email:  seamuskiernan@esatclear.ie
Date: 13 Aug 2011

Comments: Went to see Gina Dale Haze and The Champions last week and they performed as good as ever Fantastic show


Name: George allen
Email:  george.allen056@gmail.com
Date: 12 Aug 2011

Comments: Message for Maureen re your uncle Colm i could be wrong but i think there is an LP of him with sundowners on Ebay if you can go there type in Irish showband NOTE NO   S   at end


Name: aidan  heggarty
Email: rollmanrock3@aol.com
Date: 12 Aug 2011

Comments: Seen Brendan Bowyer and his daughter Ashling a few weeks ago in concert in Dunboyne. A really wonderful night, was like all the loyal fans were there. Hoper to see him next year in the Showband years concert. 


Name: Maureen Harpur
Email: Withheld by request
Date: 10 Aug 2011

Comments: That's my uncle Colm (Editor's note: Colm Harpur of the Memories)


Name: Patrick "Chink" Scanlon
Email: scanlon@vermontel.net
Date: 10 Aug 2011

Comments: If anyone out there meets up with Frankie McDonald give him a Hi from Chink Scanlon. Frankie & I did the JFK tour out of the back of an army truck and the memory lingers on as the song goes. Patrick Scanlon Springfield Vermont USA


Name:Oliver Hayden
Email: oliverhayden@msn.com
Date:  09 Aug 2011

Comments: Dear Sir, I wonder would it be possable for me to get a list of the band managers from you, that are now in Ireland 2011 or promoters for country and western singers. Thank you, Regards to all well done to the site. Oliver Hayden


Name: eamonn campbell
Email: Withheld by request
Date: 09 Aug 2011

Comments: it really brought back great memories seeing that photo


Name: Eileen Gorman
Email: eileengorman2@hotmail.com
Date: 31 Jul 2011

Comments: Cannot believe I have just found this brill site.  So wonderful to read all the comments from fans of the Showbands like myself.  What wonderful memories of my days in Mayo when with  my friends Mary and Patrica we danced in Pontoon and the TF in Castlebar. We had the joy of listening to the Royal Blues, Dickie Rock, Joe Dolan, The Royal and the wonderful Gene Stuart. Thank you again for this brilliant site. Eileen G


Name: Josephine
Email: withheld by request
Date:
30 Jul 2011

Comments: To Duncan Dunny: Thank you so much for your information on ""where is Mike Nash "" now ,and also to this wonderful site  it is just wonderful to be able to trace and know all about the great SHOWBANDS  thank you again ...


Name: Andy O'Driscoll
Email:  Andyodrisc@gmail.com
Date: 29 Jul 2011

Comments: I play with a band called Stephens Green based in Chicago. We are a two piece but bring in a third member for the festivals. He is Sean Conway. An excellent flute and whistle player as well as guitar, bass and great vocals. When he lived in Ireland he played with Shaskeen, Johnny McEvoy and Tracey and the Grassroots . Always great to play with Sean.


Name:  Alan Stoole
Email:  alanstoole@gmail.com
Date: 25 Jul 2011

Comments: Hi I am trying to contact Clive Buttle  or Moose, as I knew him when I went to the Hibernian Marine School. he can contact me via my email address.


Name: James G Brown
Email:  jamesgbrown2003@yahoo.co.uk
Date: 22 Jul 2011

Comments: Great site...brings back so many happy memories


Name: Bebhinn
Email: bebhinnmullins@hotmail.com
Date: 21 Jul 2011

Comments: Is there any video footage of the tropical showband from 1964


Name: Duncan Dunney
Email:  dpdunney@gmail.com
Date: 20 Jul 2011

Comments: Hello, in response to josephinel regarding Mike Nash I think he also played with a band called Radio Showband

Editor's Note: Mike also played with Farmer's Sons, Virginians, Jim Farley Band and Green County


Name: jim nolan
Email: jimminolan@aol.com
Date:18 Jul 2011

Comments: just found the site a few weeks ago, great memories of a great era


Name:  Dave
Email: dave.c.stewart@hotmail.co.uk
Date: 18 Jul 2011

Comments: HI, I have signed copy of a  vinyl lp of Hank Locklin it is called Country Hall of Fame and was produced in Big Tom's Studio, Castleblayney and produced by Basil Hendricks, engineer was Tony Campbell it is on the Spin Record Company Castleblayney Monaghan. can anyone tell me a bit more info on this LP, and has anyone go an e-mail address fro the lp producer Basil Hendricks Many Thanks


Name:  josephinel
Email: withheld by request
Date: 12 Jul 2011

Comments: Hi does anyone know of the wonderful drummer called Mike Nash that played with the Tommy Drennan Band in the 70``s often wonder did he ever join up with any other band he could make those drums talk ... truly gifted ...


Name: Stanley Jones
Email: dyl2229@yahoo.co.uk
Date: 12 Jul 2011

Comments: Christine Patterson from the Pattersons was my 1st girlfriend at Templemore School in Londonderry. I used to carry her books to the bus after school. I wonder where she is now?. Ah, sweet, sweet memories


Name: Jean Mcewen
Email:  withheld by request 
Date: 11 Jul 2011

Comments: I used to follow the Cadets with my Husband Ivan he was in there fan club in the 69 I would like to no how everyone is and what there all doing now and is any of them on face book love to meet them again love Jean


Name: Meg
Email: mellen2250@hotmail.com
Date: 09 Jul 2011

Comments: I love me some Irish dancing.


Name: jim nolan
Email: jimminolan@aol.com
Date: 09 Jul 2011

Comments: Kentuckians from Derry listed as unknown home town were in fact a fine country band and featured Percy Robinson on steel guitar and dobro, Frank Robinson ( no relation ) on lead guitar and vocals and Ray Jordan as lead singer, Percy is now a very respected producer as well a a top class session man. The Witnesses from Belfast featured Tony Morelli guitar & vocals and Trixie Hamilton bass & vocals.  Trixie is now 79 years old and playing as well as ever and can be heard nost saturday afternoons in the Europa hotel belfast, where he play with the Gerry Rice jazz quartet, Gerry was the clarenet and sax player with the witnesses. Also i seem to remember Houstin Wells playing for a time with the Premier aces. Ripchords lead singer was Cyril Shane


Name: Brendan Mc Guirk
Email:  withheld by request
Date: 09 Jul 2011

Comments: I played with Hughie Trainor in the Melody Markers for over 5 years .We played all around Ireland Hughie use to have a business card which said distance no object. As a matter of fact myself and Pearse Mc Kenna use to say it was a good job the Atlantic was there otherwise he would have taken gigs in New York. The band was very popular with those who like ballroom dancing .We played all the dances foxtrot/waltz/jive and we were very well liked for our latin swing and Slush


Name: Irish Bob
Email: Withheld by request
Date: 07 Jul 2011

Comments: Great site-brings back many memories of the Showband era. Danced to Dave Glover,then The Witnesses and many more.Loved the music and wasnt it a great time enjoying all the dancing and meeting all the girls.  


Name:  jimmy d. pulley
Email: pulleywak@aol.com
Date:  03 Jul 2011

Comments: i am an american service man stationed in derry during the sixties  i would like to hear from anyone from derry. my favorite band during those days was johnny quigley and the allstars. would like to hear from anyone who remembers them.


Name: Josephine
Email: Withheld by request
Date: 29 Jun 2011

Comments: Today we remember the 3rd anniversary of the passing of Maisie Mc Daniel what a beautiful singer she was i remember looking at her on the telly when i was a child and always wanted to be like her ... may she rest in peace..+++


Name: James Maloney
Email:  jimaloney@yahoo.com
Date: 29 Jun 2011

Comments: Jarlath Maloney, trombone player with his brother's band "Olly Maloney Showband" from Tuam, Co. Galway passed away on Friday 24/6/11. May he Rest in Peace


Name:    roisingillen
Email:  roisingillen@btinternet.com
Date: 27 Jun 2011

Comments: does anyone know if light a big fire have a cd?


Name: josephine
Email: withheld by request
Date:25 Jun 2011

Comments: A  really great site wonderful to go down memory lane. I could give forever on this site well done and thanks to all...


Name:  frank connolly
Email:  email withheld by request
Date:19 Jun 2011

Comments: im back again after a long absence and the site is still great and going strong. keep it up.


Name: Tom Gilgunn
Email:  thomasgilgunn@hotmail.com
Date:  15 Jun 2011

Comments: I would like to contact any  Kerry friends of the Wellington Shepherds bush


Name: josephine
Email:  email withheld by request
Date:  13 Jun 2011

Comments: Lovely to be able to go down memory lane. Love looking back on the showbands. Thank you


Name: tom doyle
Email: clio175@hotmail.com
Date: 12 Jun 2011

Comments: hello there, does anyone remember matt ferguson and the song mockingbird, he played with the dawn knight and the casuals, also his sister was dawn knight aka maureen ferguson, he also played in a band called big matt and the bonzana.


Name: johnny
Email:  jmorton@telkomsa.net
Date:  12 Jun 2011

Comments: To Cheryl - Hi Cheryl I was also playing in Durban at the time. Knew the guys from the Newmen very well. I was in played trumpet with the Shades of Green at Claridges when they arrived.  The Blarney boys are still around and playing. Fergie still lives in Jhb. I have stayed here in Durban since . Dont know where Derek is these days.  cheers Johnny


Name:   bridie
Email:   brideim@talktalk.net
Date:    06 Jun 2011

Comments: so sad to hear michael falahee of the donie collins showband died r i p danced to the band in sligo and london fond memories bridie mc manus


Name:  emer crehan
Email: withheld by request
Date: 04 Jun 2011

Comments: padraic crehan played bass with the magic band also b4 leaving 2 join linda martin and chips


Name: carol woolhead
Email: carolwelcha@yahoo.co.uk
Date:    31 May 2011

Comments: I think your site is really good. Would like to express how sorry to hear about the passing of Sean Dunphy. He was a Brilliant Singer and will be sadly missed, a real gentleman R.I.P. Met him a few times ,and really nice to talk to. Wish they would have a reunion show in memory of him


Name: Verna
Email: Verna.barron@gmail.com
Date: 28 May 2011

Comments: Hi, I am the daughter of Michael McEvoy of the Maurice mulcahy orchestra and Michael and the Majors showband. Congrats on the site can't wait to show it to him. Verna


Name: Laura Doherty
Email: laurabelfast@yahoo.com
Date: 28 May 2011

Comments: hi anyone who was in or was interested in the millionaires showband, Joe e dee is on facebook...joseph doherty, add if you no him or would like to see some showband pictures, thanks


Name: Carmel Nally
Email: carmelnally@gmail.com
Date: 28 May 2011

Comments: I would like to know if TR Dallas has any plans to visit Luton in the near future. Its been a while since we saw him and we were neighbors a few years ago, it would be nice to see him again.


Name: pete kinsey
Email:  pete_kinsey@yahoo.co.uk
Date: 25 May 2011

Comments: Still a huge showband fan, favourite bands were the Nevada and New Blues. Delighted that country music is thriving, but I do personally prefer the pop. If anyone would like to contact me about the showbands  especially those bands I have mentioned would love to hear from them.


Name:  Hugh Mc Crory
Email:  hmccrory@tiscali.co.uk
Date: 23 May 2011

Comments: I Followed the Clipper all through the north and in my home town of Ballymena in Co Antrim where this fantastic band was so popular. I also went to see them in "The Beverly Cavern"  in Hollywood California when I lived there, Tommy Maken and the Clancy Brothers also came to see them as they were appearing at the Hollywood Bowl the following night and Hugh invited them up on stage to sing which they did. A great night.
The Clipper were without doubt the best Showband by far followed by The Quigley's from Derry,  another great band, I had many happy nights dancing to the wonderful music produced by these gifted musicians. Thanks for the memories.


Name: Val Geraghty
Email:   royaltan1@yahoo.com
Date: 22 May 2011

Comments: Remember the first time Pioneer Aces got together in the Castle Hall Ballintubber


Name:  wendy turner
Email:  gturner5@sky.com
Date:  9 May 2011

Comments: ill never forget  the miami showband , later the cowboys, paul the drummer was the best x


Name: paul quinlan
Email:   paulquinlan63@gmail.com
Date:   19 May 2011

Comments: wat a band fantastic and allway,s were


Name: Marie
Email: withheld by request
Date: 18 May 2011

Comments: Brilliant site - brings back great memories - Just heard Sean Dunphy passed away yesterday - RIP.


Name: frank cassidy
Email: emerald149@gmail.com
Date: 17 May 2011

Comments: sad2hear of the death of 1 of irelands legands sean dumphy passed away2day


Name: Gerry  Murray
Email:  kconkyram@gmail.com
Date: 15 May 2011

Comments: Would appreciate if you could let me know info on current shows or venues of any of the bands ect.  Regards Gerry.

(Answer: Sorry Gerry. we have no links to any of the band's featured on the site. Watch your local newspapers for info on gigs and tours.)


Name: Jim Prendergast
Email: withheld by request
Date: 09 May 2011

Comments: I was a member of The Victors Showband from 1967 to 1972 and played lead guitar and vocals. My brother Joe ( RIP) was the bass player.


Name:  helena cassidy
Email: withheld by request
Date: 07 May 2011

Comments: many happy memories of iona hall ardara, the forresster,s hall killybegs, st dominick,s glenties some great bands played in these venue,s several times a year !!!!!!


Name:  Mary Cullinane
Email: withheld by request
Date:  05 May 2011

Comments: I get nostalgiac when I think of all the nights I went dancing to the Star Ballroom Millstreet, The Edel Quinn Kanturk, The Hi-Land Newmarket, The Majestic Mallow. That was around 1972-74, ah great times.


Name:  george allen
Email: george.allen056@gmail.com
Date: 04 May 2011

Comments: Message for Sesn Preston: Can you please check your email address, I have tried sending one to you but it keeps bouncing back. I was a fan of Jukebox have records and photos


Name: seanconway
Email: conseanway@gmail.com
Date: 03 May 2011

Comments: Was just wandering about a band I used to play with Tracy & Grassroots very impressed with your site... here in Omaha Nebraska most the time now also used to play with Tom Cussen Benny O Connor the mighty Shaskeen. Have managed to play for years out here with  the Irish Brigade..now with local band in Omaha  Dicey Riley formerly the Turfmen started by Peter Brennan from Ardee Co. Louth.Also do some work with Stephen's Green two lads from Dublin based in Chicago Andy O Driscoll voc. guitar Martin Doyle Keyboards. Andy is easily the  best folk Singer since Paddy Reilly and that's sayin' something sheer power...playing the Cleveland Irish Festival in July this year.I dearly love the Showbands forever with Ray Lynam & the Hillbillies one of my all time favourites and the Royal ...keep up the good work God Bless ..Sean Conway from Ennis Co. Clare. ''Up the Banner''


Name: James O Reilly
Email:  editor@airplayforirishmusicmakers.com
Date:   02 May 2011

Comments: Hi we have just launched a website for Irish Music makers. This is a site to lobby for airplay for Irish Music Makers we  are going to run band competitions around the country in the next few months to gain support. We are just waiting for a venue confirmation in Cork to run the First one it will be a big Rock Band competition. Thanks James O Reilly


Name: marian
Email:  leahkatie2001@yahoo.com
Date:  01 May 2011

Comments: love your site so much, does anyone know the  whereabouts iof Ray Gourley is now? he played with Derrick and the Sounds. thanks so much for keeping those wonderful times alive xx


Name: Dennis Murphy
Email: sligorogue@yahoo.co.uk
Date: 01 May 2011

Comments: Great to see the site still going strong!


Name: helen brown
Email: chelseabrown90@hotmail.com
Date: 01 May 2011

Comments: im helen brown nee plummer, i was female sinder with the echo showband, would love to hear from other members of the showband and to see some photos.


Name: catherine caulfield
Email: oliviacaulfield@hotmail.com
Date: 01 May 2011

Comments: hi frank elvis still lives on love your videos


Name:  Gerry Muldoon
Email:   1212mul@oceanfree.net
Date:  01 May 2011

Comments: Message for Bridget Darby who many years ago lived in trim, ilefy a message for you in 2010 ann it failed to connect : I am that Gerry Muldoon that you talked about and still playing i played with Philomena Begley last night april 30th Greetings to Mexico and fond memories Gerry


Name:  jimmy d. pulley
Email:   pulleywak@aol.com
Date:  18 Apr 2011

Comments: Would like to hear from any of the Quigleys of The Johnny Quigley Band of the 60's.  I was stationed at the U.S. Naval Base at Derry during those years and realy enjoyed the band as it was tops above others.


Name: Gerald M Carroll
Email:  GeraldMCarroll@sbcglobal.net
Date: 18 Apr 2011

Comments:
Hi Alma, it your cousin Jerry from Cleveland. I googled your name and came up with this page.. Im glad you are doin well.. Ya need to come back to the states for a couple of months or so... So we can go to the Arcade of the Far More pubs and have a wee drink... Say hello to the family for me ok..  Jerry


Name: Sean preston
Email: S53p@AT&T.net
Date:  17 Apr 2011

Comments: I was the sax player with doc Carroll from  1976till 1978,then with Brendan shine ,from 1978 , till 1982 ,then with jukebox from 1982 till 1985 , then I left for the USA where I reside in Connecticut  and still do ,it's great to look back at the show band website,it brings back great memories of great times when dance halls were in full swing and crowds filled the halls,we did not know how good we had it ,thanks for the memories.........sean


Name: Johnny Andrews
Email:  johnnyandrews67@hotmail.com
Date: 15 Apr 2011

Comments: Hi Johnny, I hope you are keeping well and are very happy. I'm glad to write that you are still one of the greatest Irish singers Ireland has ever seen. Take care and God bless you. Best wishes, Johnny andrews :)


Name:  john mcilwee
Email:  john.mcilwee@yahoo.co.uk
Date: 15 Apr 2011

Comments: is this harry the painter who use to work for james harden   


Name: Alison Vaughan
Email:  alison.vaughan33@gmail.com
Date: 13 Apr 2011

Comments: Does anyone know the whereabouts of Ronnie Griffths (American Pie).  Marie Todd who used to run the Fortworth Country Culb, held in the Windsor Social and before that Earlswood Hotel, would love to see him again, if he is still playing in a band.  Sadly Mervyn Todd passed away in October, 2010.  Does anyone else out there remember the Fortworth?  Do send me an email.   Thanks    Alison.


Name: Breda Martin
Email: bridnim@eircom.net
Date: 12 Apr 2011

Comments: Hi All, My father died last week. His name was Billy Martin from Cork. He spent his life entertaining people, by playing the trumpet. He was member of various bands over the years, some I dont even know the names of..for sure he was in the Barrack Street Band, Butter Exchange Band, Saint Nicholas Brass Band, Tommy Pallister Band..Cork Symphony Orchestra, Cork Opera House and many bands in the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. Am hoping that there maybe people out there who have some photographs of him with any band or solo performances or have any stories about him. As you can imagine it would mean a lot to me. Kind regards...Breda


Name: Eugene Ryan
Email: withheld by request
Date:  10 Apr 2011

Comments: long live the showbands


Name: vera lane
Email: lane.vera@yahoo.com
Date: 07 Apr 2011

Comments: Vera here from birdhillradio. I am looking for a sing by the band Tweed called Caroline...can anybody help me please?


Name: Michael Daly
Email:  mick.daly4@gmail.com
Date:  05 Apr 2011

Comments: i danced  for years to the Maurice Mulcahy big band in  the TV Club in Dublin i got to know the lads very well  i would love to know if one of the bands singers Derick Dixon is still on the go i had many a drink with him  in a local pub near to the TV Club after all those years i wold love to meet him again many thanks. i joined air corps in 1963 i will always remember the band rehearsing in an old wooden hut  over the years i got to know some members of the band  Arthur- Paddy and Ernie when ernie returned tp The Aircorps in 1969 we became friends when i left The Aircorps in 1985 we never met again  its with deep sadness that i have herd of the death of ernie and Paddy O Meara may they RIP I will now sign off thanks for a million memories (Michael Daly).


Name:   frances nora  greatbatch nee ferris
Email:   francesnoraferris@hotmail.com
Date:  01 Apr 2011

Comments: Would go to all the dances with my friends when the MIami Showband played in Belfast.  Great band.
Cheers to Pat Greenan Margaret Doherty  Sheila MC Cafferty, & all the rest. Erin Go Bragh


Name:  Liam McLaughlin
Email: liammclaughlin1@hotmail.com
Date:  31 Mar 2011

Comments: Great site, well done!


Name: Seamus
Email: seamuskiernan@esatclear.ie
Date: 30 Mar 2011

Comments: Great to see Gina Dale Haze and The Champions are doing a dance in the Hazel Tree in Mallow on Easter Sunday night Its 20 years since they did their last live dance It should be a great night


Name:  Joe Weadick
Email:  joeweadick@eircom.net
Date: 29 Mar 2011

Comments: Hi All,  I was a founder member of the Red Seven/Columbia Showband.  I have just  finished a book "Memoirs of the Red Seven/Columbia Showband Arklow" and hope to have it available in about two months time. It gives a great insight into the showband era of the sixties as told by the members (20 in all) who played with the band during its 10 years existance (1960 - 1969). It contains some very interesting stories - well worth a read by all those who lived through that golden period and indeed it will be an education to all young peole who want to learn more about that time.


Name: Carly Nash
Email:  carlyjnash@hotmail.com
Date: 26 Mar 2011

Comments: Hello there!! I really enjoyed your website it warmed my heart as my father was Patrick Nash member of The Uptown Band, Grannies Intentions and  The Woods Band.  He hated computers but would have got a kick out of seeing himself on the world wide web.  He is no longer with us as he passed in 2009.  Still rockin' and rollin' over here in Canada as I am also a musician.  Cheers!!


Name:Michelle Remenarova
Email: shellmc26@yahoo.ie
Date: 26 Mar 2011

Comments: Hi. Just wanted to say I have really enjoyed looking through this site as it brings back childhood memories! Just found a picture of my Dad (vivion Mc Kenna) Adam and the big apple! I still play Maralena now and again Ha Ha Ha To see pic's of Pat Chesters and Ray Moore brought back even more memories as my dad and these guys played together.Cant wait to let vivion have a look at this!


Name: Cheryl Tebbutt
Email:  leopardskin89@yahoo.com
Date: 22 Mar 2011

Comments: hello,  I met the Newman Wonderband in 1971 on a boiling hot day in Durban where they were playing. I was in the Miss Lonsdale competition and we were all staying at the hotel. I came 2nd and as I walked into the romm Dereck stopped and said ...this is the lady that should have won...and I knew them for years. so did my late mother, Daphne..I was pretty much in love with Dereck and I do have a photo that he gave me in 1971.
I was friendly with Damien of the blarney Brothers I left to live in Johannesburg in 1980. cheryl  in south london


Name:  fred coulter
Email:  fcoulter@bigpond.net.au
Date: 18 Mar 2011

Comments: Hi everybody just letting you know my name is fred coulter i live in melbourne , australia and have since 1967. The jimmy johnston in the band is my uncle , he was taken at the age of 52 far to young . I remeber fondley sitting in his house in Greenisland in belfast and he sang me many great songs. He was married to my auntie ERika who is visiting us in Melbourne at this time . I am keen to hear some of his music does any body have any aidio files i can listen to thanks fred coulter


Name:  rita oldfield
Email: ritaoldfield@rocketmail.com
Date:  17 Mar 2011

Comments: my friends and i lovef brendan o brien and the dixies .we have many happy memories of the showband days they wewe all brill .joe dolan     rip dickie rock brendan boywer  all of them god bless all who have passed on and god bless those who are still with us


Name: bridie mc manus
Email:   bridiem@talktalk.net
Date: 15 Mar 2011

Comments: i too am from sligo and followed you for many  years so sorry to hear this news


Name: Patricia randles
Email: pat_randles@yshoo.co.uk
Date: 13 Mar 2011

Comments: Hi, I was interested  in reading articles on bands , I was told  that Gery Macken who was listed as playing in the Des Fretwell Band in the 1 950's was my late uncle Gerry Mcinerney of Galway. I was told he used the name Macken as a stage name, I wonder if anyone can throw  any light on him, as I am researching my family history and can find no information for him. Thank you. Patricia Randles ( nee Mcinerney)


Name:  ellen mc reynolds
Email: ellenmcreynolds@hotmail.com
Date: 12 Mar 2011

Comments: hi i  have been talking to a few of the women that worked in the cloak room for years and said they would write me out a few memoir and stories to send on to you


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Name:  Claire
Email:   clairemccosker@hotmail.com
Date: 18 Feb 2011

Comments: Hi, I am wanting to book a band o play for my parents anniversary party. I was hoping to find a tribute showband band from when they would have been going out but I can't seem to find any. Would anyone here know of any that would play near or in Donegal? Claire.


Name:  ellen mc reynolds
Email:  ellenmcreynolds@hotmail.com
Date: 15 Feb 2011

Comments: great site .brought back many memories of the good old times dancing in borderland in muff, co. donegal. still see a lot of them at concerts in letterkenny but not the same as the dances in the sixties and seventies


Name:  Tony Murray  (Tobin)
Email:  a.murray789@talktalk.net
Date: 13 Feb 2011

Comments:  Hi There, Just thought I'd bring my email address up to date. I've not heard from any ex members of the Bob Ormsby All Stars,. Still waiting and hoping. All the best . Tony Murray


Name:   jack robinson
Email:  robinson758@btinternet.com
Date:   08 Feb 2011

Comments: I wuld like to get information about Lindsay Luney of the College Boys. Worked with him in a shop in Belfast 1964. If anyone has any news on him, please let me know.


Name:   john byrne
Email:    j-byrne@talk21.com
Date:   05 Feb 2011

Comments: I looking for information on a female singer sang around dun laoghaire in the 80's called joanna love. Can anyone can help she did a cracking versions of the power of love


Name:   Mike Sullivan
Email:    galwayrover@rcn.com
Date:  03 Feb 2011

Comments:  Hello out here and greetings from Boston USA. I am wondering can anyone help me out. I am looking for cds by irish singers Dermot Hegarty and Sean Dunphy can anyone help out. also does anyone have a email address for Dermot Hegarty? Mike Sullivan


Name:  joseph gilligan
Email:  joeygill.99@sbcglolbal.net
Date: 02 Feb 2011

Comments: i met my wife  at thr meto pole in dublin, irelandin 1070. gan you tell me the nam of the show band? joe gilligan


Name:  peggy otoole
Email: email withtheld by request
Date: 01 Feb 2011

Comments: just wondering if anybody out there knows anything about a guy called Jimmy Dunne who managed the Strangers his office was in Abbey Street Dublin or where Jimmy Fanning is now is he still in Spain. Jimmy is an old friend we lost touch a few years ago


Name:   ron francis
Email:   ronald.francis57@btinternet.com
Date: 29 Jan 2011

Comments: I joined some years back and have lost all info reqd for login. I an the only surviving member of the group The Rhythm Kings...Belfast...


Name:  Billy Gibon
Email:  bill12@iprimus.com.au
Date: 23 Jan 2011

Comments: Trying to find Tommy Bell who was a son of Dusky Dan Road show real name Ellis he was related to the Duskeys a singing group from Sligo I did a lot of work with Tommy in the clubs in England in the sixties the we met up when he came to Australia in the eighties the he returned to England and i have lost touch , he was related to Sandy Kelly also willie kelly from Silgo ,A great Irish entertainer can anyone help he was also a friend of Finton Stanley.


Name:aidan heggarty
Email: rollmanrock3@aol.com
Date:20 Jan 2011

Comments: Brendan Bowyer show in Castleblaney January, 2011. It was wonderful all the hits of the Royal to the Galway Girl and Ashling Bowyer was great too. Hope to the show again soon. From a lifelong fan.


Name:   Mick Brady
Email:   irishmick@gmx.com
Date: 20 Jan 2011

Comments: Hi Frankie, It's been a long time since we were last in contact. I hope you and all the family are all keeping well. At some stage it will be nice meeting up with you. I think I have some interesting fotographs of your father, which I would like to pass over to you. Everybody is well in the Bristol Brady Clan. Speak soon. Cousin Mick


Name: maura mccormack
Email: mauramcccormack@student.ncirl.ie
Date: 19 Jan 2011

Comments: Amazing website - congratulations to everyone involved.  Enjoyed the dances in the ballrooms in Mayo, Sligo, Tipperary and Dublin in the 70's.  Have some great memories of travelling in the old Morris, VW and Cortina


Name:  rose connell  nee cranney
Email:   rosecranney1951@aol.com
Date:  19 Jan 2011

Comments: love the site. going to see micky play 2morrow night. patricia grattan where are you ? would love to hear from you . St Marys !!!!!!!!!! what a place. Rose.


Name: Tom Doherty
Email:  tomdoch@fastmail.fm
Date: 18 Jan 2011

Comments: Re: Rhythm Kings of Bangor photo:  The unknown guitar player between the Drummer (Harry) and the Guitar Player (Ron francis) is called Dennis Carson. He lived in Hollywood, and formed another band called the Blue Knights.  His father managed the Strand Cinema on the Hollywood Road. I played with Dennis in his band, 1950's. I wonder where he is now. Thought at some stage he had gone to another band called the gaylords. Regards, Tom Doherty


Name: Denis McKeown
Email:  d.mckeown@leeds.ac.uk
Date:  17 Jan 2011

Comments: Thank you for the information. I knew John Ryna from Granny's Intentions in London, Kilburn, 1972. A remarkable, and lovely man. Taught m my first chords on a Yamaha 180 and gave me a green shirt that had belonged to Donovan, I still have the record somewhere Honest Injun or at least the cover.


Name: Willie Deery
Email:  williamdeery@hotmail.com
Date: 16 Jan 2011

Comments: Hello everyone..Have any of you danced or played in Borderland Muff, County Donegal.....Borderland was on the Derry/ Donegal border. and was frequented mostly by Derry people and of course Donegal folk..... Joe Dolan holds the record for drawing the biggest crowd ever to the venue 4,239..nowadays it would probably be only allowed to hold a max.  300 people....some night that was..anyway
thanks Willie Deery (Derry)


Name: Kathleen Kelly
Email: auntiekathleen@eircom.net
Date: 16 Jan 2011

Comments: Mayflower in Drumshanbo not mentioned danced there every weekend .It is ran as acommunity centre all the best bands played there such memories

Editor's Note: Hi Kathleen,. yes the Mayflower is listed in our ballroom section, but we don't have photo of it, so it is not on those pages. Thanks for keeping us on our toes.)


Name:  James Hayes
Email: hayesmba@eircom.net
Date: 15 Jan 2011

Comments: I know I worked in the TV club in Dublin then and met most of the bands and some great lads and girls,,,,


Name:  John Leahy
Email:  johnleahy50@gmail.com
Date:  14 Jan 2011

Comments: I was a member of the original Urge and would like to make contact with any of the other band members, Larry, Joe and Andy and anyone who saw us play


Name:  enda drayne
Email:   endadrayne@aol.com
Date: 12 Jan 2011

Comments: Would like some information of Mary Lou


Name:  Nancy Rosenberg
Email:    nrosn@aol.com
Date: 11 Jan 2011

Comments: Hi.  Tony Malone (RIP) is my grandson's grandfather (Teddy is the son of Michelle and Anthony Malone).  I googled Tony's name to see if I could get a sample of his songs and came across this site.  Our little Teddy has inherited his Grandpa's musical ability!  He is nearly two and strums his guitar and sings each day!  He has already make the trip from NYC to Ireland several times. Thanks for the site and God bless.


Name: Pete. Lincs. UK
Email:  vicar_55@talktalk.net
Date:  11 Jan 2011

Comments: I managed to buy Hucklebuck/I ran all the way home in 1964 (listening to Irish radio up Halifax). I still play both sides regularly and it is still one of my favourite records. Thanks for all the enjoyment you've given me over the many years since the day I first heard it. Pete.


Name:  Patrick Hoye
Email:  withheld by request
Date: 10 Jan 2011

Comments: Jush heard from a reliable source that Paul Ashford died over the weekend . He and john Farrell attended Berklee College of Music with me in the 70's. Please check for confirmation of this . Also on a lighter note The Pats are flying . Next Sunday Jets "V" Pats . Hope that all is well. Patrick.


Name:  margaret carey
Email:  magcarey@live.ie
Date: 09 Jan 2011

Comments: Hi Folks, I am a volenteer Presenter with Community Radio Youghal and I would be realy greatful if you would put me on your mailing list as I dont have any of your albums and I have had requests for some of ye're songs. So if you would send me on 1 or 2 of your albums.

Editor's Note: Sadly Margaret, we have no idea who you are addressing, but if you are looking for music, the free forums is the best place under ":music wanted."


Name: Paddy kearns
Email:   Pkierans@gmail.com
Date: 06 Jan 2011

Comments: Hi great site my late father was paddy kearns from drogheda started with flying Carlton then he moved to Dublin played in the crystal ballroom with lots of peoplelike Eddie Calvert Jon Clarke Louis Mullen
Also played in butlins and had a Dixieland band paddy kearns and The Boyne Valley Stompers which started Danny Ellis. Great site keep up the good work, Paddy Kearns Jnr . I am Paddy Kearns jnr My late father was a trumpet player from drogheda,started with the carlton band then moved to the Cyrstal Ballroom played there for number of years with Eddie Calvert, Jon Clarke vocal Louis Mullen, He was in lots of bands Dermot OBrien, Stephen Garvey Neil kearns, Then had a dixieland band Paddy Kearns and the Boyne Valley Stompers, Featuring the wonderful Barry Cluskey and he helped Danny Ellis start his career. Thanks for this wonderful site brings it all back.


Name: Sandra Ramdhanie
Email:  xandra.rama@gmail.com
Date:  06 Jan 2011

Comments: Congrats on a great site, talk about a walk down memory lane! Thanks for making my day :-)


Name:  Emily
Email: withheld by request
Date:   02 Jan 2011

Comments: Hello, was just wondering if anyone know or knew anything about the Frank Hogans from the Swingtime Aces + The Monarchs, just doing some research and wanted someone info, does anyone know if either of them are alive? If so does anyone have any contact details? Any info please contact me through my email address many thanks.

Editors note: Unfortunately, Emily asked to withhold her email address.


Name:  bernard gormley
Email:  nustira@yahoo.com
Date: 01 Jan 2011

Comments: hi   i am  looking  reguarding  a band  called  pat hogan & the travelling sound  ,they  played the  pub scene back in the  ;70's and early 80's.  i think  pat hogan came from wexford ,  and  thother band was  martin sweeney,  they were a 2 piece band.  they a brilliant  country & western band, they  quiet  a  lot in roscommon. jn a  singloung called the waggon wheel in granlahan. has any one informatiom  their where abouts now..from bernard gormley.


Name: derek haynes
Email:   jakehaynes@live.ie
Date:  01 Jan 2011

Comments: does anybody remeber the Demon Ducks, from the 1970's, i was the drummer, played in the past  with alan doyle , dave morisson, pat ward, chris ogelsby , and connor anderson . would love to hear from anyone with any info, or would like to start up again if anyone is interested,


Name:    artie walsh
Email:walsh328@btinternet.com
Date:   01 Jan 2011

Comments: I used to play with the Coral Showband, Billy McFarland and the Students, Hurricanes Cloughmills and Free and Easy now living in Randlestown, Co. Antrim.


Name: Suzanne Mc Intyre
Email:  grannieof6@hotmail.com
Date: 30 Dec 2010

Comments: Gay Mc Intyre is my brother, and I am delighted to (just now) find this site, so glad it is here
I often look up showbands and this one makes me very happy. I used to go with the band to the dances, it was a thrill for me to listen to Gays music and talent. Thank you for being on here. Sincerely, Suzanne Mc Intyre  God bless


Name:  alibally
Email:   ballyt@yahoo.com
Date: 27 Dec 2010

Comments: This is the link for the Billy Brown Cinderella song

Editor's note...sorry, links to other sites are not allowed on our guestbook. Hope you understand.


Name:  terry reynolds drummercbbs
Email: withheld by request
Date:   26 Dec 2010

Comments: thank you for bringing back wonderful memories also some sad ones of friends and colleagues who have sadly past on thanks again terry reynolds 


Name:    Dennis Sullivan
Email:  dmsullivan1951@verizon.net
Date:   24 Dec 2010

Comments: I find this site very interesting and would like to learn of things. I would like to buy/obtain copies of Traveling People and Curragh of Kildare by Johnstons. In late 60s when in Marine Corps I found it very soothing to listen to these songs while sipping beer or Guinness in Queens , NY  Just having the old records gives peace of mind as those days in Corps were not the best. Thanks. These songs by Johnstons are very haunting and touch the soul- what other groups are like them?


Name:  Marjorie Mc Donnell
Email:  marjoriewann@btinternet.com
Date:  16 Dec 2010

Comments: My Uncle, Eddie Quinn was in the Keynotes. One time when we had travelled to Burtonport from London on holiday we saw the bands mini bus going out to a show and Mum said to the driver of the mini bus is that young girl margo with the band now ?  margo as you would know,  is Daniel O'Donnell's sister. Also, doesn't Susan Boyles family come from Keadue Burtonport ?


Name:   Micki Gilligan
Email:  micki.gilligan@gmail.com
Date: 16 Dec 2010

Comments: I just had to say hello and let you know I enjoyed your website.  It has always been a mystery as to how my Dad came up with my name ;-)   I guess I know now  Micki Gilligan


Name:  Tim Lane
Email: withheld by request
Date: 16 Dec 2010

Comments: Hi there Jim Allen ( Alan James) in Thailand. Great to here that you are living it up there.Hope you are having great time and playing great music as usual. Fernhill is still standing. Happy Xmas from your old Pitch/n Putt friend Tim Lane.In Hilltown Carrigaline.


Name:  Sean Darby
Email:   johnnydarbles@hotmail.com
Date:  10 Dec 2010

Comments: If anyone knows how I can get in touch with Brian Donaghy forrmely of "Crypt, Alice, and Chips" I would greatly appreciate. I Sean Darby played with him in "Crypt" and I am trying to keep in touch with all the lads, I've already got Barry, Mark, Bill and Mick, and just need Brian now????????? 


Name:  kathleen wynne
Email:  kathwynne@live.co.uk
Date: 10 Dec 2010

Comments: i am maisie mcdaniel first cousin from england one of the many relations she has in england i would be very grateful if any family members are on tour website to get in touch thank you


Name:  Wendy Thunder
Email: wendy.thunder@nsai.ie
Date: 10 Dec 2010

Comments:  Hi, Just to let you know, my uncle Alan Thunder, Crosshaven, Co. Cork and late of Dingle Road, Cabra West, Dublin and The Movement and Dream Bands, passed away peacefully, at the Mater Hospital. Alan, beloved son of the late James and Bridget, deeply regretted and sadly missed by his loving partner Catherine and family, his daughter Sabrina, brother and sister Ronnie and Vera, brothers–in–law, sister–in–law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Removal this Friday evening from Lanigan's Funeral Home, Faussagh Avenue, Cabra, to the Church of the Most Precious Blood, Cabra West, arriving at 5.30pm 10.12.2010. Funeral on Saturday, after 10am Mass, to St. Fintan's Cemetery, Sutton 12.12.2010.  Thank you to all.

(Editor's note: Our sincere sympathies are extended to Alan's family and friends)


Name:  jade logue
Email: jadelogue@live.co.uk
Date:   08 Dec 2010

Comments: R.I.P granda love you loads b gudd up der nw  oxxxxxx


Name: Kieran Boles
Email: kieranboles35@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  07 Dec 2010

Comments: Going  through  the  showband  era  colum  I  saw  Al  Treacys  name  mentioned. Al  unfortunately  is  now  R.I.P.  He  died  in  July  this  year. He lived  in  Burt  Co  Donegal  he  was  a   former  drummer  with  T.R. Dallas  &  Mick  Flavin. May  he  rest  in  peace.


Name:   jim kenny
Email:  jameskenny55@gmail.com 
Date: 07 Dec 2010

Comments: Would any one have the words of Baby Blue i would be very greatfull


Name:   james allen
Email:   ajfrancis2009@hotmail.com
Date:  04 Dec 2010

Comments: Great to keep in touch..i now reside in Thailand so its great to be able to follow the news..me from carrigaline co.cork 1958-1970 alan james and the helmsmen..1970-1998  the alan james combo.wishing you all continued success in your endeavours to never let the showbands and artists over the years ..with good night ..god bless and safe home.that brought so much happiness in peoples lifes..
jimmy alan james


Name:   dan dowling
Email: dowlingdan42@yahoo.com
Date: 03 Dec 2010

Comments: I would like to get the lyrics of The Latchyco by Wexford Kiley


Name: Billy Fitzpatrick
Email: withheld by request
Date: 03 Dec 2010

Comments: An absolutley wonderful nostalgic site ,we had great times in danceland portlaoise,dreamland in athy,and borris in ossory i forget the name .


Name: freddyoconnor
Email: freddyoc60@gmail.com
Date: 03 Dec 2010

Comments: still looking to hear from any of the guys from a few bands i was with early 70s royal earls:hootenannys:dixies zulus:pat ely and storytellers etc


Name:Martina
Email:  withheld by request
Date: 02 Dec 2010

Comments: What a great website!! Congratulations, I now my parents will love browsing through this, gosh! it's making me feel old though.  :0)    Good luck


Name:  Robbie Furlong
Email:   arrows@iol.ie
Date: 02 Dec 2010

Comments: I was looking at the Showbands you have listed and I played guitar with two of them.The Supreme Showband Wexford and The 1970 Clouds.The line up in The Clouds when I was there was Stuart Smith Lead Vocals,Piano and Concert flute,Barry Scully Bass,Mick Nolan Trumpet and Jimmy Doyle drums.I can't think of the sax player but I think he was from England.And myself Robbie Furlong guitar. And the Supreme Showband was not a spin off of The Joe Lowney Luxembourg Band.But we did a few gigs for Joe when his band was breaking up.I do hope this information helps.I left The Supreme and went to England and got the gig with Leapy Lee " Little Arrows"  Best Regards, Robbie


Name: Des Ponsonby
Email:  des@corporatesolutions.uk.net
Date: 30 Nov 2010

Comments: All of our family were from Letterkenny, their whole life revolved around Music. The William Ponsonby band. Eamonn Ponsonby & The Blueglows, The Denver showband and many more were all full of family members. Sadly that talent bypassed the bIrmingham branch of the family but strangely my son has his own band, Black Market Empire! So the genes rock on!!


Name: freddy o connor
Email: freddyoc60@gmail.com
Date:  30 Nov 2010

Comments: hi i was with the hoot?nannys the dixies royaj earlsaround 1973just wondering anyone stilll alive from that era get in touch if u like


Name: Michele Cameron
Email:  mpacameron@hotmail.com
Date: 24 Nov 2010

Comments: I came to Ireland over 50 years ago on holiday from Scotland. We met The Kilkenny Nomads getting their photograph taken at the side of a river with a photographer. The where all standing in a line behind one another very smart in their suits. They very kindly posted me a copy of the photograph of which I still have. If their is anyone who would like a copy I would kindly post to them


Name:  Jim Cotter (ex Regal Showband - Cork).
Email: withheld by request
Date:   24 Nov 2010

Comments: my email on your guest book should show jimcotter43@gmail .com. i left out gmail. would you change it on guest book tks jim. 


Name: Patrick Kearns
Email: pkearns@gmail.com
Date: 22 Nov 2010

Comments: Hi a great site well done, i am looking for music from Sheeba on cd i am hoping someone can help.


Name: roisin osullivan
Email: withheld by request
Date: 22 Nov 2010

Comments: hi jimmy i fellowed your groupe  the bogey boys in the 70,s i am still a fan and happy to say i still have the album. i  have fond memories of it when myself and john followed you around and went back stage to see you. i don,t expect you  to remember it so long ago. john and i ended up married our son michael is doing music for hie leaving, any advice hes 16 years old. saw you last night at the new concert hall we were in front row. take care keep making music  love roisin.


Name: johnnymorton
Email: jmorton@telkomsa.net
Date: 20 Nov 2010

Comments: hi guys - trying to find Trefor Owens Ballymoney Co. Antrim. does anyone know if hes on email or face book. worked with him many years ago in various showbands.


Name:  Willie Dery
Email: williamdeery@hotmail.com
Date: 18 Nov 2010

Comments: Great site great information about the never to be forgotten showband days....wonder would any of you could put me in contact with Liam O'Reilly. Thanks and god bless


Name:  kevin casey
Email:   kevindrummercasey@yahoo.co.uk
Date: 18 Nov 2010

Comments: Just found your site,had some wonderful years playing with philomena begley and eileen king in the country flavour sadly three of the members have passed away dan o hara mickey mc nally and brian mc nally. its lovely to read the comments about the great days of showbands. keep up the good work.


Name:  Paddy Butler
Email: paddybutler808655@gmail.com
Date: 17 Nov 2010

Comments: Could you please say if the monologue Make no mistake by Noel Pender is available on Youtube. I would be most grateful if you can let me know. My father was an Ulsterman proud protestant was he.My mother came from County Cork , a catholic girl was she  etc etc


Name:  john mahon
Email: withheld by request
Date: 5 Nov 2010

Comments: Hello there, I must compliment Liam O'Reilly on his collection of photos contributed to the site. It brings back such a flood of memories not just of the showbands, or my old Quartermaster days but of the great musical history. It is a terrific job well done and from my own point of view, its great to see a photo of me and Hank B Marvin in Perth. It was great to meet one of my heroes and tell him of our Quartermaster days when we were known locally as the threequarters, but it was a fab time. John Mahon, Ex-Quartermasters


Name: Henk van der Tak
Email: henk@vdtcomputers.nl
Date: 12 Nov 2010

Comments: Hello there. Let me introduce myself. My name is Henk van der Tak. I’m a Dutchman living in the Netherlands. When I was looking into my music collection, I notice a song by Sean Dumphy & The Hoedowners. What I’m wandering off is, if this is the same band which was in 1967-68 touring around with a bus in the north
of Ireland? Please let me know if this is so, because I think then that I have a nice story to tell. Best regards, Henk van der Tak


Name:   maria sweeney ogbuka
Email: mariasweeney51@yahoo.ie
Date: 11 Nov 2010

Comments: i really enjoyed the kerry blues when they were playing in the 70s i wish they are back together again for old time sake.


Name:  Teresa barrett
Email:  Teresabarrett22@gmail.com
Date: 09 Nov 2010

Comments: Hi Tony did. I see you last nite. At paddy o brines show Teresa


Name: Elizabeth Hamilton
Email:  info@foyleskiphire.com
Date:  09 Nov 2010

Comments: Cecil jack was my brother and would love to have info on anything  i.e photos, music demos ect from yester year, it would be lovely to have these as a keepsake. Thank you


Name: Patrick McINERNEY
Email:  a124pat@hotmail.co.uk
Date: 09 Nov 2010

Comments: well back on here again   still the best  showband  site  great letters   and info .  being looking on a  germany web site and found  details of the royal showband  found a c.d called the best of the royal showband had about 20 tracks on it  some new some old   . please if anyone has a copy to sell or copy please contact me  ROYAL MAD.     or any singles   e.p l.p  


Name: Vinny Coates
Email: coates1952@hotmail.com
Date: 07 Nov 2010

Comments: Favourite  band The Plattermen, Rob Strong, Simon Scott era, Great Memories.


Name: Brent Packman
Email:  zazen60@yahoo.com
Date:   05 Nov 2010

Comments: In 1964 San Francisco.California......Carousel Ballroom   Golden Gate Showband led ny Harry Mitchell...I played Drums...


Name: ian irvine
Email:   ianrirvine@hotmail.co.uk
Date: 04 Nov 2010

Comments: Brilliant nights in the Manor House Hotel with Teddy Palmer and the Rumble Band in the 70s, and home in the Hillman Imp..great memories. ian irvine


Name: tony o connor
Email: oconnortony@hotmail.com
Date: 04 Nov 2010

Comments: good show lov it


Name:  micheal smith
Email: micheal.guitar@gmail.com
Date:  03 Nov 2010

Comments: does any one remember a showband called the system i think they were from dublin   probaly around the any photos would be appreciated


Name:  Mike Fuller
Email:fullers4@eircom.net
Date: 02 Nov 2010

Comments: Congrats on the site and the labour of love that has gone into it. I am trying to collect any stories relating to an Uncle of mine named Bill Fuller. He was from north Kerry originally but owned many balrooms around the country and some premier venues such as the Old Sheilin and teach Furbo, Galway as well as the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London. I am not conerned with the subject matter as long as they are factual and correct. Many thanks, Mike Fuller


Name: Tony mooney
Email: anthonyextra@gmail.com
Date: 01 Nov 2010

Comments: What about listing the Jacobites in the folk section they were a duo from Dublin they were resident on a tv show called Imeall also wrote the theme music for one of the Like Now series


Name: Brian Mc Evoy
Email:  bmcevoy1@btinternet.com
Date:01 Nov 2010

Comments: Hello  im new to this site as I have just found it it looks quite good and very interesting Keep up the fantastic work  great photos and history of the show bands  I go to the show bands show every year in the waterfront in Belfast its good to see some of the singers and talk to some of them


Name: amanda scappaticci
Email: eliasamanda@yahoo.co.uk
Date:31 Oct 2010

Comments: My Dad is the drummer in the Crypt (circa 1969). Photos posted by Mark Fitzpatrick. Just like to say thanks for making me laugh and making my (nearly) 65 year old Dad seem cool (ish)!


Name: peter magill
Email: pandamagill@u.co.uk
Date: 30 Oct 2010

Comments: our favourite showband was without doubt "the royal",and Brendan Bowyer,who Ann and I became friendly with.. When we told Brendan we were getting married he insisted we give him a ring when we got to Waterford,which we did after booking into the  Towers hotel.within half an hour he was at the hotel. and speaking to the receptionist unbooked us,collected our luggage and brought us to stay the night with himself and Stella, his wife at their home,giving us a great night out with his friends and all these years of memories..That was 1968, when he was at the top We have seen him on a number of occassions since,but would like to register our thanks to a truly wonderful performer, and one great guy !

 


Name: Paddy McGuinness
Email: info@albany.ie
Date:29 Oct 2010

Comments: An absolutely amazing website - congratulations to everyone involved.


Name: debbie murnin
Email: tmurnin@livewire.co
Date: 26 Oct 2010

Comments: Bill Moore was my dad sadly he passed before I heard him play do you have his music


Name: olive o sullivan
Email:  withheld by request
Date:  25 Oct 2010

Comments:  hi. just a short note to say that i am delighted to find your site.  I was looking for deirdre downes and the broadsiders, which i found.  Deirdre was my mother in law and an absolute lady. Sadly she passed away in Feb 2003.  The picture you have on your website is fabulous.  I was wondering if you could e mail it to me please it would be great if i could show it to my husband who really missed Deirdre so much. many thanks  olive


Name: maureen Cannon
Email:  maureenpcannon@gmail.com
Date:  23 Oct 2010

Comments: sincere sympathy to the relatives of the late Gerry Davis of the Hi-Lows...one of my favourite showbands of the sixties


Name: danny kelly
Email:  frannyfehilly@gmail.com
Date:  22 Oct 2010

Comments: danny kelly here.would just like 2 say that i am alive and kikking!!thank u  all so much 4dedication throughout the years.....


Name: cecilia mcnulty;mcmullan
Email: cvmcmullan@hotmail.com
Date:  21 Oct 2010

Comments: great music great guys I loved rob strong my sister ann loved frankie mc bride and brian coll


Name:  Amanda Cassidy
Email:  cassidy.amanda.@gmail.com
Date: 21 Oct 2010

Comments: This is for Tom Hudson ref Brendan Cassidy. Brendan was my Farther that comment was really nice to hear he was one if not the best singer in Dublin at that time i would have loved to see him back in them days he was a teriffic singer. It's great to see his picture on the Internet. Gone are the days when i remember my farther learning words to songs when he would rewind tapes  to hear the right lyric to a song and if he couldn't hear we would all be called in to give our opinion on what we taught the word was with the volume raised to it's highest so we can hear..... LOL Now you just type it into the internet and print your lyrics  thanks for the memories i was too young to be around then x


Name: Jim Harwood
Email:  jim37321@aol.com
Date:  14 Oct 2010

Comments: Does anyone remember a band called The Senate from the 1960s ? They used to come to Germany in 1966 and play at the army clubs . I met them in Heilbron Germany . The best i can remember they were from Ireland . They were really great . I still have the photo they gave me . I believe the lead singer was Mark Davies . Thanks . Remember the Aviation Section ?


Name: teresa
Email: withheld by request
Date: 13 Oct 2010

Comments: hi tom love your music  teresa


Name:  William Nagle
Email:  nagletours2@gmail.com
Date: 11 Oct 2010

Comments: Hi was reading some of the facts about the strangers as I was the roadie for them over many years the lead singer was Jimmy Fanning not Erick Murray I think he joined later after Jimmy Left also Joe Geoghegan played with the Altlantis showband later he played with John Farrel & the dreams as I have worked with many bands ie roadie if there is any more info that I may be able to help you with ask me if I can help I will. William Nagle also known as Willie Nagle


Name:            james bolton
Email:           jimbolton08@hotmail.com
Date:            11 Oct 2010

Comments: Hi im one off the late Dennis Bolton children im one off 7 , he was a member off the Kingdom show band he sadly passed away 4 oct 2010 .


Name: Deirdre Kenny-Nay
Email: dkenny@kenny-tours.com
Date:  07 Oct 2010

Comment: I am a daughter of John Kenny " known by "Jack"  from Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim. My Dad along with 2 brothers,  Austin & James mostly known as "Jim" (also now deceased) played in a band in the 50's thru 1960?  They mostly played  in the west of Ireland, Leitrim/Roscommon & Mayo. I wish I had talked to my Dad about his days in the band, but I left for America very young...but I guess everyone has some regrets in life! If anyone has anything to share about my father, Uncle Jim or Uncle Austin---whom I never met, would love to hear from you.
As a young child, I loved listening to my Dad play tunes... by Fats Domino like Blueberry Hill, Aint That A Shame and many more. Some day I can tell you about the time I came upon a festival in a wee town in Louisiana(1985) and met the Man himself "Fats Domino". Thank you and hopefully some day I will learn more about my Dad!
Best, Deirdre Kenny-Nay (nee Kenny)


Name: Laura-Jane Morris
Email:  withheld by request
Date: 05 Oct 2010

Comments: I love the Blue Aces :) great website keep it up looking for a pic of the lads from the Blue Aces in the flowery outfits :) Peace (:   LJ


Name: mary vmoore and martina
Email: maryvmoore@hotmail.com
Date: 04 Oct 2010

Comments:  we both love country music and sandy kelly


Name: Michael McGrath
Email: withheld by request
Date: 04 Oct 2010

Comments: This is some footage I shot at Galbally CoLimerick Festival Approx 1987 Michael McGrath
(Editor's Note: Unfortunately, we can not include links to other sites...I assume you can find Michael's video by searching on "Galbally" on youtube).  


Name:  Dave
Email:  daviehug@yahoo.com
Date:03 Oct 2010

Comments: I have a very old Dance Poster which relates to Johnny Butlers Dance Orchestra playing in Kenny's Ballroom, Tullamore.  I notice that he is mentioned on this site and I am wondering if this poster would be of interest to whoever posted the articles on him.  I would be happy to pass on the poster to them. Regards Dave


Name: Martin
Email: withheld on request
Date: 03 Oct 2010

Comments: I listened to Tony Kenny at The Templeogue Lawn Tennis Club Dance (Sunday Night)1968. I  can't remember what band he was with, where I remember him singing Cara Mia O Mi, yet I can't see this record in his discography. He had a gorgeous fallsetto voice which was suitable for such a song made famous by Gene Pitney. I'm curious as to what group he sang with in his early years 1968. Would it have been The Strangers out of Ballbriggan?
(Editor's note: Tony was with the Sands from October 1967 to 1972, prior to this he was with the Vampires. Cara Mia was the B-side of Venus, released by Tony and the Sands in 1970)


Name: jerry lane
Email:  georgemitchell244@yahoo.com
Date: 30 Sep 2010

Comments: Hello  im new to this site as I have just found it it looks quite good  and very informative I am a retired musician singer ect but retired from it some years ago due to accident and later ill health  ie  cancer allways been isish showband fan my favorite been   Brendan Shine  I  have been looking for some couple of years or more for an album by Brendan 1992  Always a welcome  I had  it  but it  as  gone astray  from my  collection can  anyone advise me on where I can obtain a copy  used or  new  I  would be most grateful. Keep  this site going  I will  recommend  it  to  all my friends. Jerry  Lane


Name: Joe Hayes
Email: hayesjoe1@eircom.net
Date: 29 Sep 2010

Comments: Loved the Arc and the Clippers


Name: stephen moloney
Email:  stemoloney@hotmail.com
Date:  28 Sep 2010

Comments: just found your website it is a great credit to you. found pictures of my dad which i had never seen before he was the bass player with the Dublin Manhattan showband.


Name: Marguerite (Furlong) Harpur-Scales
Email: magihscales@gmail.com
Date: 27 Sep 2010

Comments: What a great surprise..! my son found this site.. I am the only daughter of Clem Furlong, R.I.P. (piano player with Mick Delahunty band)  I've always wanted to look up his music career, and now I can... with great pride.  My Dad could make a piano sing AND dance...! he was soooo talented.  I remember Jack Bayle, R.I.P, and Mick Delahunty Snr.  I'm  very very proud of my Father.  Love you Daddy , forever in my heart, Marguerite xxxxxxx


Name: Garry Fogarty
Email: garryfogarty@btinternet.com
Date: 27 Sep 2010

Comments: Get very nostalgic when i think of the great times in thurles and if anyone remembers me I would love them to get in touch


Name: paddy farrell
Email: thedaw1@gmail.com
Date: 25 Sep 2010

Comments: Hi paddy here on 2nd try. my uncle Patsy Farrell  wrote most of Brendan Shines songs, Foster & Allen. etc. Have you anything for patsy in archives? Paddy Farrell. wonderful site.
(Editor's Note: Everything we have is on the site. Unless Patsy was in a band, we wouldn't have anything about him. If he was, please let us know.)


Name: paddy farrell
Email: thedaw1@gmail.com
Date: 25 Sep 2010

Comments: great site. To Tony. I  was in the new arcadia in 1966 to hear the Equals.


Name: Tony L Walsh
Email: tony.walsh01@o2.co.uk
Date:   19 Sep 2010

Comments: hello everyone i have just recently found this very interesting site. I was on holiday in Bray in 1950 (oh what a long time back that is) I first sang there at the Arcadia Ballroom, I was wondering if anyone has any memories of the place they would wish to share, I have very happy memories of it myself. I know that it is no longer there I believe that it is a Cash n Carry place or something as dull.. Ah well time marches on but the memories are still there. Best regards to all. Tony L Walsh


Name: Colm Young
Email: (withheld by request)
Date: 14 Sep 2010

Comments: Hi all, just to let you know that Sean Young, leader of the Altonaires Show Band past away on the 11th Sept 2010, after a long illness. May he rest in peace. Posted by his son Colm Young.
(Editor's Note: Our sincere sympathies are extended to Sean's family, friends and his son, Colm)


Name: Ger McCullagh
Email: ger75@live.com
Date:  10 Sep 2010

Comments: Hi! Great site. Keep up the fantastic work. Hello to Jim McQuillan "LEO Promotions", Dunleer., Co. Louth. Jim was lead singer with The Linesmen Showband.


Name: eamon cleere
Email: cleere102@hotmail.com
Date: 09 Sep 2010

Comments: great site.we are a having nostalgia dance night in hotel kilkenny on october 22nd next for all of those people who danced in the mayfair ballroom in kilkenny during the showband years.7 piece band the marble city sounds will be the main band on the night with guest artistes so far confirmed paddy hanrahan(the nomads,jim cantwell band) sonny cullen (the black aces). i am hoping to get 1 or 2 more singers from the showband era to perform on the night.


Name:  Roy Chaves
Email:  bluesman0ne@aol.co.uk
Date: 08 Sep 2010

Comments: Just checked out  your site looks good keep up the good work


Name: helen fitzgerald
Email: (withheld by request)
Date:  07 Sep 2010

Comments: Hi, Love the site and thanks for all the information. Is it possible to let me know when Jim Dalton of (Johnny Flynn, Fleet, Boys and Girls) died Jim and I were good friends in the 60's and 70's. Thanks, Helen


Name: Sherry Holley
Email:  sholley@tcsproductions.com
Date:  03 Sep 2010

Comments: Hi Paddy, Hope everyone is well over there.  Tommy and I never forgot about our faboulous trip over there and the fun time we had doing the gigs there in Ireland, thanks to you. 


Name:   jim walker
Email: (withheld by request)
Date:  02 Sep 2010

Comments: just looking to see what band my da played in his name is jimmy walker he was a drummer


Name: Liam Keyes
Email:   leekee1@live.com
Date:  30 Aug 2010

Comments: I was in the Air Corps Signals with Ernie Berkenheier (R.I.P.) I also served with Archie Raeside in the Congo. I left Baldonnel in late 1962. I did see the band a few years on in New York City.  They were pretty good and the pride of Baldonnel.


Name:  Dave Gold
Email:  david.gold@orange.fr
Date:  26 Aug 2010

Comments: Wonderful to see photos of many old pals from the 60's and 70's, especially Butch and the Capitol, Jim Farley's band and the Express Showband. To see my dear friend Joe McIntyre and his brother Shay, Danny Pearse and so many others brought a tear to my eye. Des Moore and Roly Daniels, I have seen more recently in a professional capacity and I see Big Jim quite often. Thank you for the opportunity to re-visit my youth!!!


Name:  Trevor Blackmore
Email:   treva.b@gmx.com
Date:  24 Aug 2010

Comments: Hi- just some info on Tweed. my dad was their roadie and i pretty much grew up around them! i remember at one stage they a female singer called miranda. my dad's got tons of photos (that is if he hasn't chucked them). i remember most of the band members from the 80's onwards... some of your pics brought back loads of memories!


Name:  Yvonne (Kennedy)Spencer
Email:  spence5us@gmail.com
Date:20 Aug 2010

Comments: Had this page once before and lost everything . Great to see it again. I was in two short lived groups. (1) Poteen managed by Jim Farley and Roly Daniels.  Charlie Arkins was the fiddle player, Peter Lyons on drums Tommy Moore on Bass and Marie Dowdell on Piano that was just some of them. Then there was Boys and Girls, Stewart Bradley organ and piano, Donie on Drums , Vinnie on bass Jimmy on rhythm may they both RIP. I now live in the states and have seen my brother Ronnie play a few times would love to see more. wish we could get a good spot in Vegas for Irish Bands. but it was great looking back . I will try find a few pics if I can.


Name: mary rafferty
Email: (withheld by request)
Date:  19 Aug 2010

Comments: whatever happened to country singer helen mc caffrey she was with a band called harvest great country singer and great band i do know she married drummer with buckaroos;


Name: vaughan  byrne
Email:   vkbyrne@gmail . com
Date: 19 Aug 2010

Comments: Hi all, since we last touched base I've lost some old mates from the showband  era: Norman Henry  Lead guitar (we were at school together), Eric Campbell (thumper) drums, Merv Allen, lead  singer, J J  band.  The news that these good Ole boys had passed away reached me too late to pay my proper respects; so from all the   boys who missed out. I'd like to say God bless Merv, Eric, Norman. 


Name: frank connolly
Email:    withheld by request
Date:17 Aug 2010

Comments: this is a great site which i came across  by    accident  keep up the good work.


Name:  nora
Email:  noraodwyer@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  17 Aug 2010

Comments: fantastic website very informative, its amazing how many of the singers are still going i was shocked to see mary duff sang with jukebox. didn't realise she was that old must be well in her fifties now cos i know she is older than daniel o'donnell.  loved the pic of dominic kirwan with the moustache been a fan of his for years, thanks for a great website, love Nora.


Name: John Conneely
Email:  jhnconneely8@gmail.com
Date: 16 Aug 2010

Comments: Just a mention of Chris Grace (Donie Collins, Raindrops) who passed away 2 weeks ago.
(Editor's Note: Our sincere sympathies are extended to Chris' family and friends)


Name: Pat O'Hara
Email:  pohara137@aol.com
Date: 16 Aug 2010

Comments: Sad News ,Pat Roper ,Passed away at his Long Island home this Past weekend.RIP
(Editor's Note: Our sincere sympathies are extended to Pat's family and friends)


Name:  Damien bourke
Email:  damienbourke@live .ie
Date:  12 Aug 2010

Comments: i would  love 2 hear the conquerors version of baby blue 1983 is there any way of getting it on cd.wud b very gratefull for help in getting it.


Name:  john moore
Email: (withheld by request)
Date: 12 Aug 2010

Comments: I think the site is great. I played with Dermot O'brien and his Clubmen in 1966 and 1967, (the Merry Ploughboy era), and the members were, Dermot O'Brien, Willie Healy, trumpet, Timmy Regan, rhythm guitar, Eamonn Campbell, lead guitar, Denis O'Loughlin, tenor sax/clarinet, Johnny Barton, drums, John Moore, bass guitar. Best wishes, John Moore


Name: Mick Feeney
Email: kelticountry@aol.com
Date:  11 Aug 2010

Comments: So Sorry to hear of the sad news that Micky O'Neill has Passed on, I knew Micky when we both worked out of the office of Jim Hand At Burgh Quay In Dublin In the late 60s, When I was with Des Kellys "Virginians & Micky Played Drums With the "Capital Showband" Micky was a great Drummer and also a great person The world Will be a sad place without Him,Mick


Name: Jamie McCoo
Email:  jamie@jmccoo.plus.com
Date: 08 Aug 2010

Comments: HI, I'm looking for an album by Noel Pender called "And make no mistake". In particular the song "Finn McCoo"  I have tried the usual websites with no luck. Can anybody help.


Name:Patrick Murphy
Email: (withheld by request)
Date: 05 Aug 2010

Comments: Greattt website!!!


Name: Frank Curran
Email: frankurn@gmail.com
Date:04 Aug 2010

Comments: Great site and an accurate history, I was their first "Roadie" when we only had a VW minibus with a big roof-rack.


Name:  maria butler
Email: (withheld by request)
Date: 04 Aug 2010

Comments: My first cousin Chris Grace RIP  has died. Chris was a great singer and sang with the Donie Collins Showband.


Name: John
Email: caps1234@eircom.net
Date: 03 Aug 2010

Comments: Hi can anyone tell me what year Shay O'Reilly from the Indians passed away?


Name:  maria sweeney
Email: (withheld by request)
Date: 29 Jul 2010

Comments: i was a big fan of the kerry blues showband long time ago, its a pity that they dont play for old times again, Come on Kerry Blues, sing for the Kingdom.


Name: Jim O'Meara
Email: (withheld by request)
Date: 28 Jul 2010

Comments: Fantastic site...well done. I was just a youngster through much of the early era. Proud of the Royal as a Waterford man!


Name:  sean webb
Email: webbsean@hotmail.com
Date:  26 Jul 2010

Comments: i have being trying to find out if Mattie Fox sang  The Keys in the mail box, i thought he did and that it was on a yellow label.


Name:   brian croker
Email:  b.croker10@btinternet.com
Date: 22 Jul 2010

Comments: Hi, just  like to say I have only recently found the site and think it's great. As an "auld stager" myself it's nice to look back over the years and memories. Where the hell have all the years gone? Would like to point out that under "Managers" section Cecil Thompson of CT Promotions  was also manager of 1980's country showband American Express, in fact one of his biggest bands at that time. I myself, along with Harry Beckinsale were the two founder members of the band. I would like to send some more info and photos in the near future but in the meantime keep up the good work. I hope you find the above helpful. Kind regards, Brian Croker.


Name:  John McCormack
Email: john.mccormack@gb.abb.com
Date: 21 Jul 2010

Comments: Fantastic website....Certainly brings back many happy memories. Supported a lot of the showbands in the late 60s. Drifters, Freshmen, Miami to name a few....Making our way from Magherafelt all over the country in Easystreet's old Bedford Workabus!! Happy days


Name: Garry Fogarty
Email: garryfogarty@btinternet.com
Date: 18 Jul 2010

Comments: Those were the days!


Name: John Wilson
Email: wilfam@westnet.com.au
Date:  16 Jul 2010

Comments: just discovered u tube, and heard/saw walkin piece .Absolutely perfect.


Name: Mary Schwartz
Email: minimary1@embarqmail.com
Date: 14 Jul 2010

Comments: I'm saddened to report that Michael (Mickey) O'Neill, the drummer with Brendan Bowyer's Big Eight and Royal Irish Showband passed away on June 14, 2010 in Las Vegas, NV.  Mickey's ashes will be brought to Ireland by his son, Alan O'Neill, and longtime companion Mary Schwartz.  A Mass is scheduled for August 19, 2010 in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, officiated by Father Brian Darcy. 


Name:  Jack O'Leary
Email:  tarryjack@hotmail.com
Date:  11 Jul 2010

Comments: Great site!. Thought you would like to know that the Dick Whitney Showband was from Wexford .They later became The Visitors Showband. Thought I should tell you that  the late Jim Gunner was a recording artist in his own right and released at least two singles in England. before joining Dave Glover and other bands, among them one of Joe Lowney's lineups in Wexford. The first was called "Hooley Jump" on the Decca label ,followed by "Desperado" which was on Fontana. Although it was never in the top twenty "Hooley Jump" sold a lot of copies .After the Showband scene faded he went into cabaret in the Liverpool area where he died some years ago. He was a great guitarist.


Name: paul  condell
Email: (withheld by request)
Date: 08 Jul 2010

Comments: Dear sir, can you ask ray lynam was his father in the westmeath fire service in 1950 please thank   you, Paul Condell


Name: Owen Reddy
Email:  reddyowen@gmail.com
Date: 07 Jul 2010

Comments: I am trying to record 3 X 2 hour Irish music shows for a radio station, I am looking for help in finding 60's and early 70's Irish country music , folk music   ballads , like cotton mill boys , bill ryan and buckshot , smokey mountain ramblers  and other bands like these who may not be around / working today , any help i can get in finding out where i can buy records/cds of this era would be so much appricated .  thank you owen


Name: Tom Coughlan
Email:  tommuintir@gmail.com
Date: 05 Jul 2010

Comments: Congratulations on a great site, takes us back to a time when we were part of the showband scence. Listening to todays bands brings memories of songs that we did and glad to see that they still live on with the present generation of musicians. Innocent times but...didn't we have fun!!!


Name: breda andjohn kelly
Email: Withheld by request
Date: 04 Jul 2010

Comments: hi to all we uae to dance to the regal showband in seapoint galway wat a faboulas band they had a singer jimmy cotter he was fantastic on stage and  a great singer could you tell us what is he doing now great memories and great photos of those fab times keep up the good work cheers to all.breda and john galway


Name:  Ewen Campbell
Email: EwenJ.Campbell@yahoo.com
Date: 04 Jul 2010

Comments: T.J. McNamee, the best guitar player of the decades!


Name: Jim cotter
Email: jimcotter43@.com
Date: 03 Jul 2010

Comments: Great  to see the showband photos rembering those great times i sang with the regal showband and jack Brierley in the 60s. what great memories got bless you. This is a poem i wrote about those great years. its called The Dancing Years:
When the showbands came to town, to go dancing then was half a crown. / We would watch Dickie Rock & the Miami too and on stage came Brendan Bowyer singing the Hucklebuck shoes / The girls would scream, they were in such pain, and then Butch Moore walked on singing Walking The Street in the Rain. / We would go to ask a girl out for a dance, some would scatter, others would still be in a trance./ The Arcadia was our favourite dance hall, and it was known world wide by one and all. / Great recording stars played there too and you would have to be early to join the queue. / All those bands I did know, I met them all on the Showband Show. / The dancing years it was special to us, I even remember going to Crosshaven in the Regal bus. / When the night was over the DJ would say try not to roam, Good night, God bless and to you all, safe home.
Written by Jim Cotter, ex-Regal showband. 


Name:  J Boyd
Email: jboydlennon@hotmail.co.uk
Date: 02 Jul 2010

Comments: hi great website. my father who went under the name john richards played sax in the emperors, Derry. real name jackie boyd played 50 years in the busness until his untimely passing in 2007.jackie boyd r.i.p. if anybody has any old photos or stories would luv to hear from them. hi cheers. keep up the good work with the site


Name:  Glen Brown
Email:  laharna60s07@yahoo.com
Date:  01 Jul 2010

Comments: Pleased to see this informative site is still active and enjoyed by those at home and numerous ex pats right around the globe. My apologies, I omitted in the HIGH SEAS (LARNE) SHOWBAND. Original line up included old pal Louis Craig (resides Canada). Others that joined the band included Stuart Gillespie, Brian Todd and Merv Allen. Another County Antrim band venue was Smyth's  Ballroom, Carnlough.


Name: eddie mcgovern----excarlton productions
Email: mcgovern_5@msn.com
Date: 29 Jun 2010

Comments: hi dave dont know if your the same guy from years ago . new sound on profile. ed


Name:  colm
Email: colmadempsey@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  24 Jun 2010

Comments: you the best band iv ever seen,,thank you many kind regards colm


Name:  Roy Stafford
Email:  roy@roystafford1.orangehome.co.uk
Date: 24 Jun 2010

Comments: Was once top roadie for Glen Curtin, And a few other Showbands, Now living in LINCOLNSHIRE, UK


Name: Bill Bailey
Email: djbilly54@gmail.com
Date:  18 Jun 2010

Comments: Very Good Web Side Takes Me Back To The Showband Era In Cork City Wondring Can You Help Track Down A LP OR CD By Dickie Rock Called The Wind Will Change Tomrrow Love To Get My Hands On It Thank You Fore The Memories Bill


Name: tony kelly
Email: tckelly00@googlemail.com
Date:  09 Jun 2010

Comments: As a teenager in the 60ts the dixie's were my band of choice watching Joe Mac & his Antics made me want to be a drummer which i did  and still play a bit today and Steve Lynch when he played Apache well he was my hero im 60 now but i look at all the old stuff and realise how hard they worked so i could have a few hours of fun i lived in portlaois co laois and my local was Danceland also dreamland in Athy +roseland  where  ever the  Dixies  were ,,,best time's of my life tryin to get home in a battered ford Anglia 7 up and all Innocent fun maybe the odd feel of a stocking top if your luck was really in ,,God bless em all ;;;;tony kelly


Name: jill.kane
Email: jill.kane6@btinternet.com
Date: 08 Jun 2010

Comments: HI, My father Syd Bates is featured on your website but I notice that you don't have a photo of him. I can supply one but could you return it? Jill Kane.


Name:  Caroline Creighton
Email: callyx28@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  04 Jun 2010

Comments: Thank you for this great site! Its great to see all the pic's of my Dad, Peter Creighton of the Johnny Flynn Show Band who sadly died early this year. It's great that his grandkids can now see what a big showband was.


Name:  Muireann
Email: marsodon@gmail.com
Date:  03 Jun 2010

Comments: Loved the music and the craic in the Stardust Ballroom, Grand Parade, Cork, and the Arcadia Ballroom. Music never to be equaled.


Name:  jim cotter ex regal showband cork
Email: Email withheld by request
Date:  02 Jun 2010

Comments: great memories of those great showbands and friends keep up the good work god bless. jim


Name:  elizabeth moore
Email: elizabethmoore.21@btinternet.com
Date:  25 May 2010

Comments: Hi, very interesting website. Enjoyed reading through. Had trouble though posting request on free forum. I was wondering if you had an email address for Derrick Mehaffey or telephone number. I was wanting to book him for a gig.  Many thanks.


Name:  David Roberts
Email: david.roberts@3links.mybridge.net
Date:  21 May 2010

Comments: I live in the United States I have had the great blessing of a lifetime I have been to Ireland back in the late 70's and had the privelege to hear the Band CHIPS they were better than Gina Dale Haze known as the Champions > I was wonder hoe to obtain a copy of the Automobile song by CHIPS. My Address is David Roberts 815 Forest Ave Room 11 Northfield Minnesota 55057 U.S.A Thanks


Name:  Trevor Kane
Email: trevorskane2005@yahoo.com
Date:  18 May 2010

Comments: the guy with the glasses is not named in photo his name is Dermot Cullen from Rilto


Name:  Denis Niblock
Email: thread18@hotmail.com
Date:  27 May 2010

Comments: Looking through  your website  i seen brian croker  of american  express  .   brian and i  started   a  band together  in the sixties. it was great to the photo of brian   it brought  back  memories  '   your  web site  is great  keep up the good work


Name:  elizabeth moore
Email: elizabethmoore.21@btinternet.com
Date:  25 May 2010

Comments: Hi, very interesting website. Enjoyed reading through. Had trouble though posting request on free forum. I was wondering if you had an email address for Derrick Mehaffey or telephone number. I was wanting to book him for a gig.  Many thanks.


Name:  David Roberts
Email: david.roberts@3links.mybridge.net
Date:  21 May 2010

Comments: I live in the United States I have had the great blessing of a lifetime I have been to Ireland back in the late 70's and had the privelege to hear the Band CHIPS they were better than Gina Dale Haze known as the Champions > I was wonder hoe to obtain a copy of the Automobile song by CHIPS.


Name:  Trevor Kane
Email: trevorskane2005@yahoo.com
Date:  18 May 2010

Comments: the guy with the glasses is not named in photo his name is Dermot Cullen from Rilto


Name:  Brian Flannagan
Email: brianflannagan@hotmail.com
Date:  15 May 2010

Comments: Congratulations on your brilliant site


Name:  david wilson
Email: davidw24uk@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  14 May 2010

Comments: Hi there I would be very grateful if you could tell me where I could find a song by NOEL PENDER." Fin McCool".   Not sure on spelling but its for a mates birthday and he can't find it anywhere..i would like to surprise him...David Wilson


Name:  Larry Taaffe
Email: cowboylarry981@hotmail.com
Date:  12 May 2010

Comments: hiya all,im looking a copy of  jan+the mainliners single, and any material of shellel,hope someone can oblige.many thanks.


Name:  charlie o mallley
Email: (Email withheld by request)
Date:  09 May 2010

Comments: my brother Austin passed away October of last year

(Editor's note: Unfortunately, we do not know what band Austin played with or when.)


Name:  georgie gorman
Email: katemccann1@eircom.net
Date:  08 May 2010

Comments: what a fantastic site ..thank god you guys are holding on to a very importent part of musicical histry  .  in this country..its not as good as it used to BE ..but who knows histry might come back to the future.we need a new crew to start the ball rooling again..   the country is crying out for the old days .. a bottle of fanta a tiner the parish hall.oh boy we had it made ..but never knew..well done to you all  . you made life a lot better for a lot of hard working people..what would life be like without a song or a  D A N C E.......god bless and good health..  G GORMAN 


Name:  Jack McMahon
Email: jackiemac90@eircom.net
Date:  07 May 2010

Comments: I went to dances in the 1940s in Dublin galway arms, AOH The Teachers  The Irene etc.


Name:  Glenice Seal
Email: (Email address with held by request)
Date:  05 May 2010

Comments: Joy Starr was not the only Irish person to win opportunity knocks. The Cotton Mill Boys won it three times in1976. Great site long may it continue.


Name:  lyn
Email: sophie54ben@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  05 May 2010

Comments: Hi I am new to this the reason i am here is i am desperate to find looking thru the eyes of a beautiful girl, i love the Times version 1970, there is a few lines of it by shaw---- cant rember how to spell it  (lol) which i have listened to , can any one help please cheers. lyn


Name:  Larry Taaffe
Email:
cowboylarry981@hotmail.com
Date:  03 May 2010

Comments: Awesome site, well done. Could anyone get me a copy of Jan and the Mainliners single please? Many thanks.

(Editor's note: As always, the best way to find old music is to post a request on our free forum.)


Name:  pete kinsey
Email: pete_kinsey@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  03 May 2010

Comments: Great to see the Ierne reopening, still miss the showbands, the ballrooms, the crac,  had some great times, met some nice people,would love to share memories.


Name:  maria ogbuka
Email: m_ogbuka@yahoo.com
Date:  03 May 2010
 
Comments: i was a ig fsn of dj and the kerryblues in 1970, its sad to hear they are not a band any more, i hope the have a happy life. always think of them and the good old days. maria sweeney


Name:  ann cawood
Email: anncawood1@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  28 Apr 2010

Comments: i love county music, i started loving county music from the age of 9  i am now in my 30s and my daughter loves county music.last year we both  have seen over 75 diffrent county  singers and got there photo and got them to put there name in my daughters book .it was wonderful. i dont know how some people could listen to pop music when county music is out there.


Name:  Joe Campbell
Email: joecampbell10@yahoo.ie
Date:  28 Apr 2010

Comments: Hi, just went into Google to see what came up about the Liffey Folk Four. Great to see the photos. Brings back memories of a terrific era in folk music. I know one of the photos was taken up near the Wicklow Gap. Not sure about the other one. Kit Healy is away in the States. Regards, Joe Campbell


Name:  Brenda Kiernan Immerschmitt ( Macari )
Email: bpsimmer@bigpond.net.au
Date:  28 Apr 2010

Comments: Please help Is there anybody out there with any information on the late Emilio Macari


Name:  Mick gilligan
Email: miceal27@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  27 Apr 2010

Comments: Hi, I played guitar with Royal Showband and later Blue Aces in Waterford many moons ago! The site goes from strength to strength, it's great to scroll through the guest book and read the comments. I wonder if anyone has any info on Steve Lynch, formerly of the Dixies. Best wishes to all.


Name:  Brendan Phelan
Email: phelbren@yahoo.ie
Date:  27 Apr 2010

Comments: Recently came across the site. Great to read so many memories of happy, innocent days. The Airchords were my personal favourites. Saw them many times in the early 60s in Our Lady's Hall, Mourne Road, Drimnagh, Dublin 12, until I went to Slough.  I used to go to London most weekends to see the Irish Showbands. There was a good dancehall in Ealing Broadway which I think was called The Inishfree. Great days to be young. God be with them.


Name:  Bryan hand
Email: bhand40@gmail.com
Date:  25 Apr 2010

Comments: Dan O'Hara was a great artist enjoy all his music and songs sorrry to hear he had passed away must have been out of the country at time. I liked the tribute Hennry Mcmahon did to Dano and Declan Nearny does a great job on it. Can you please tell me when Dan died what year when and where and what happened to him just found out recently must have been away was so sorry to hear it i knew him years ago lovely man.


Name:  margaret  rooney
Email: magkcasey@gmail.com
Date:  24 Apr 2010

Comments: whay did this music have to die well sum one tell me.


Name:  caroline walshe
Email: 65@gmail.com
Date:  14 Apr 2010

Comments: delighted ye are back.looking 4 ward 2 this tour.cant wait 4 sun nite.


Name:  patsy mc auley
Email: pmcauley@btinternet.com
Date:  14 Apr 2010

Comments: Although we older hands may regret the passing of the showbands,and of many of singers and musicians, the music is in still in good shape and being well cared for by the new younger generation. They know that they owe a lot to those that have gone before,and may they hand the tradition on when the time comes.


Name:  frank cassidy
Email: emerald149@gmail.com
Date:  08 Apr 2010

Comments: love the site worked with lot of bands still on rd2day doing sound with stephen smyth band keep up good work if i can help with info glad2help


Name:  Willie Deery
Email: williamdeery@hotmail.com
Date:  07 Apr 2010

Comments: loved the showband era,  it was very big here in Derry your site is fantastic and congratulations to all concerned in its upkeep


Name:  Liam Burke
Email: liamburkeshipping@eircom.net
Date:  06 Apr 2010

Comments: Looking all over Kildare area for Eddie Kelly's book "Irelands Top Ten Hits 1954- 79" and would appreciate any info. where I can purchase.

(Note: We forwarded your query to Eddie who said he will contact you directly.)


Name:  Beckie
Email: beckie-93-@hotmail.com
Date:  05 Apr 2010

Comments: Joy Starr may not have been on the `scene' for very long, but she is the only Irish person to have ever won Oppertunity knocks so no one can say anthin ha go on Joy (:


Name:  Noel Magnier
Email: noel.magnier@gmail.com
Date:
 05 Apr 2010

Comments: Hi everybody, greetings from Cork, the "real" Capital. what a wonderful web-site'congrats on a brilliant job. I would like to tell of our campaign in Cork for a showband  commemerorative stamp of The Dixies which is currently underway in Cork where in 2007 we had 20 placques of Top Showbands laid on the pavement beside the famous Arcadia Ballroom on the lower glanmire road,directly opposite the railway station. In the sixties i worked in the Arcadia and later i was the Entertainments manager in the Island Room, Moores Hotel which was a very popular Cabaret and Dancing venue and where all the top acts and bands performed.  I am currently writing a book on the cabaret scene,i hope to have it out in time for christmas 2010. I am the writer of the book "Is That You Boy !" about growing-up in Cork in the '40s and '50s and i also organise an occasional "Gig". Love and best wishes to all. Noel Magnier.


Name:  Garry Fogarty
Email: garryfogarty@btinternet.com
Date:  30 Mar 2010

Comments: Great site, brings back lovely memories of Tipperary and Thurles in particular in the fantastic 60,s


Name:  danielle
Email: cwcwhelan38@gmail.com
Date:  26 Mar 2010

Comments: hi ive never knew my father for 25 yrs until recently when i found this website and he was on it. i emailed him and he was delighted i had found him. he was eager to meet up but he was going through treatment for cancer so he wanted to wait until he was feeling better. we emailed quite a bit, the last email i recieved was last october which he said he had been in for treatment the previous day and was normally bad for 2 or3 days but he would be on to me the next day, im still waiting for that email. i never got to meet him and i have very little info about him only his dob and he was living in newry. he told me he was still playing away prior to his treatment with a sax player in a two piece band band called tradewinds. his name is david fleming and he played keyboard.  i have no other form of contact for him bar his email address and i dont know whether he has passed away. id be grateful if u could tell me any more or if any members on your site knew him.

(Editor's note: Your best bet to locate band members is posting a request on our free forum.)


Name:  H Nelson
Email: hugh.nelson@gmail.com
Date:  26 Mar 2010

Comments: Can anyone tell me is there any cd's of the folk group ( THE LUDLOWS ), I still have a LP of theirs from 1966, but have been unable to find any CD"s. As you can guess I am getting on in age but would still like to find any CD"s they may have. Would be grateful for any help.

(Note: Very few recordings of the showband era ever made it to CD as there is not enough demand to justify the cost of a CD release. We're not sure about the Ludlows. Perhaps the best bet is to post a request on our free forum.) 


Name:  oliver casserley
Email: olivercasserley@eircom.net
Date:  23 Mar 2010

Comments: Just to mention the passing on of Gerry Davis whose death occured  in the past two weeks. Gerry was a member of the Hi-Lows showband. Im sure himself and the late Gentleman John Tighe will be tuning up once again. May they rest in peace.


Name:  dance queen
Email: nanno24-7@hotmail.com
Date:  23 Mar 2010

Comments: hi , has anyone got some info on "The Blue Aces" from Waterford, going all the way back to late fifties in particular Tony Walsh, Tony Dalton, seamus carew, they were regulars at the Olympic Ballroom, dublin,  Oh and not to forget Charlie Cheevers ,


Name:  jean
Email: jean@carers4all.com
Date:  22 Mar 2010

Comments: My self and my friend joan would like to know where did The Farmer Sons band go? We would like to know about Kevin Warren and Ben the rodie. We danced to rhem in The National Ballroom? The Irish Club and The C.Y.M.S kildare? We hope you are all well ,they playedgreat music. Thanks  Jean &Joan [we are still dancing]


Name:  Michael Fetherston
Email: mickfedo@gmail.com
Date:  22 Mar 2010

Comments:  I just came across this page by accident , I have a box full of showband photos collected during the late 60's and 70's. Enjoy looking at them once in a while...a reminder of the good old days in the west of Ireland.


Name:  Margaret Nolan (nee Doyle)
Email: magnolirl@eircom.net
Date:  20 Mar 2010

Comments: I have just been remaiscing on you site and low and behold I have come across the Peter Harkin collection. Oh My God I knew Peter Harkin in London in the 70's. Spent a lot of time with his cousins Margaret Maureen and Carol, If you are reading this Peter I love to get in contact. Would love to hear from you MAG


Name:  Alan Duggan
Email: eclat50@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  20 Mar 2010

Comments: Many thanks to everyone involved in this site. I am sure my father, the late Gerry Duggan of Brotherly Love/ The Duggan Brothers would be very proud. Thankyou.


Name:  Michael   Whyte
Email: michael.whyte6@ntlworld.com
Date:  19 Mar 2010

Comments: I heard Larry Cuningham &  the Mighty Avons and Dermot O/Brien and his Clubmen years ago in Glasgow. Can't remeber the venue.I would like to hear them again. I would love it they could play in Glasgow if this possible ? Your sicerly Michael Whyte


Name:  Mel Jones
Email: gentlegems@cfl.rr.com
Date:  18 Mar 2010

Comments: Does anyone have any detailed information on Denis Murray-He was the founder and lead singer of an old band called Murray & Condon ( Successful Irish duo) ? I am supposed to contact him and am having trouble finding anything on him on other sites.  Lots on "Condon", but not Murray.  He has recorde at Roseland Studios (burnt down?) in Moate County, Westmeath.  I am a resident of the USA and do not know all the terminology to find phone numbers and addresses there.  I discovered upon researching, that there are thousands of Denis Murrays possibly.

(Editor's Note: As with all queries, your best bet is to post this request for info on our free forum)


Name:  vera hayes
Email: verahayes21@yahoo.com
Date:  15 Mar 2010

Comments: hi can anybody help please. i'm looking for a song recorded by roly daniels a number of years ago called "My Tennessee Mountain Girl" i just cant locate it.


Name:  Eddie O Leary
Email: eddieoleary.marhin@hotmail.com
Date:  13 Mar 2010

Comments: i am looking for members of the regal showband /bantry to contact me on my fathers behalf, sean o leary an original member, told me that that the 60th anniversary is coming up and a reunion with surviving members would be amazing


Name:  Gloria W. Hunter
Email: gloriahunter@gmail.com
Date:  12 Mar 2010

Comments: Your website is excellently done with great information on various Showbands...present and past.  I'm from a tiny island and have been listening to Joe Dolan since I accidentally heard him singing via YouTube not too long ago, which is how I found this site. I've enjoyed reading up on the various artists featured on your site.  Thank you very much!!


Name:  laurie mcmullan
Email: lauriemcmullan@hotmail.com
Date:  11 Mar 2010

Comments: what about the barrelhouse blues band belfast late 60's


Name:  oliver casserley
Email: olivercasserley@eircom.net
Date:  09 Mar 2010

Comments: thanks for all the info. Sadly alot of it concerns the deaths of "friends" of our dancing and listening days. Thats life. My good mate and ex-neighbour Glen Curtin was dead and buried before I heard the sad news.WE lived on the same road in Grange Abbey. Dublin 5.Beautiful singer-beautiful man. May he rest in peace. condolences to 'Cepta ,Stephen and the girls.


Name:  helen rafferty
Email: helen_rafferty22@hotmail.com
Date:  07 Mar 2010

Comments: wondered where mike caine is used to play with larry cunningham and the country blue boys


Name:  Katie Fitzgerald
Email: catherinefitzgerald25@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  07 Mar 2010

Comments: Hi There, God those photos of Gerry Cronin & The Ohio brought back memories ,i absolutely adored them as a teenager and hitched lifts everywhere they were playing I know Gerry is no longer with us R.I.P. are the Cronin Family still involved in the music  all the best  Katie Fitzgerald


Name:  KarenGoldbeck (McKenna)
Email: karengoldbeck@hotmail .com
Date:  04 Mar 2010

Comments: Enjoyed the site, trying to find Mary Lou Coleman from the group the harvest, I am an old school friend living in Canada, last whereabouts Cookstown for Mary any info appreciated.


Name:  Jim Rodden
Email: jim167uk@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  27 Feb 2010

Comments: Hi There, I was wondering if i could buy any of the photos on your Country Bands site I live in Glasgow. Your site is brilliant and a must for all showband fans. Thanks

(Editor's Note: Hi Jim, Images contributed to the site belong to the people that owned them, but the copyright is generally with the photographer and we can not presume to sell their work. Sorry.)


Name:  larry lynch
Email: info@soundhire.ie
Date:  25 Feb 2010

Comments: great to see all the photos .and all the names. still meet a lot of the old crowd they drop into the shop
(soundhire ranelagh) a lot of them doing the odd gig always great to meet up and have a laugh about the good times.


Name:  Lorraine O'Sullivan
Email: Loros@eircom.net
Date:  25 Feb 2010

Comments: Hi  I  am a neice of Arthur O'Neill who played sax with the airchords. I really enjoyed looking through the old photo's of the 60's and 70's.Arthur also played with just four. As I am not of the showband generation I am looking forward to some audio on your site. Do you think there will be some audio of the airchords, my dad Arthur's brother tells me they were fab.

(Editor's note: Our audio collection grows all the time, albeit slowly. Check back often.)


Name:  brigid
Email: brigidw5@optonline.net
Date:  22 Feb 2010

Comments: Really enjoyed seeing photos of Glen Curtin. What a talented singer. We truly miss him!


Name:  Kevin Farrell
Email: kevin.farrell@thestar.ie
Date:  18 Feb 2010

Comments: Enjoyed sifting through the site. Back in the 90's (or maybe late 80's) I did a fairly comprehensive article in Sunday World on the ballrooms under the heading, "What are they now"?  I was entertainments manager of The Copper Beech in Edenderry from the night it opened, September 12th, 1972 and just before that I was co-manager of Michael Landers the 5 year old wonderboy who made his first record before making his First Communion. His single was entitled, "If I Could Be A Sailorman". The late great and legendary Dermot O'Brien played on that debut disc. I send greetings to all the people in the business that knew me. Currently recovering from Liver Transplant surgery. God bless.

Editor's Note: Michael Landers was from Kilcullen, Co. Kildare  and his record was released on the Ruby label (catalog RUB.131) with "The Taxman" on the B-side.


Name:  fran carson nee stokes
Email: fran.carson@ntlworld.com
Date:  13 Feb 2010

Comments: Hi Guys, How is life? It's a long time since Stockwell, how are you all. Tom carey is fine was unwell some time ago. Love the site must come and see you love to allxx. Fran

Webmaster's Note: As with all "personal" messages, your best bet is to join our free forum and post your message there.


Name:  peggy & Seamus Meehan  Mountcharles
Email: shamrockpeg@msn.com
Date:  13 Feb 2010

Comments: Wonderful to see the showband scene on the world wide net. We can  remember fun times. Lots of good memories.


Name:  patrick11
Email: patrickmangan1@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  11 Feb 2010

Comments: There was somebody enquiring about Mary Clifford. I know she lived in Las Vegas, NV for a while and she was in  Brendan Bowyer's band. She could live part of the year in Dalkey outside Dublin now .She probably has a home also in Las Vegas.


Name:  Ernie Lucas
Email: erniel@btinternet.com
Date:  11 Feb 2010

Comments: Love this site, brings back great memories when I was with the Federals


Name:  breda delaney
Email: bredadelaney@hotmail.com
Date:  10 Feb 2010

Comments: I would love to get a copy of spotlight 1966 with Joe Dolan on the cover . I was a great Spotlight and New Spotlight fan but did not keep my now treasured magazines my mother must have thrown then out . She is now 88 years old and denies having been the culprit. which goes  to show that we all blame our parents for just about everything  if i could get a copy i would be so happy can anyone advise me where to try for same Thanking You Breda

Webmaster's Note: Breda your best bet for any inquiry like this is to join our free forum and post a request there.


Name:  Katie O' Leary
Email: kswol@live.com
Date:  07 Feb 2010

Comments: The piano player in the Dixies was my grandad his name was Finbar O' Leary. I barley remember him because he died when I was four years old. I miss him and nana Carrie very much. I listen to the Dixies sometimes and I can hear my grandad playing the piano in the backround but then I start to cry because I miss him so much. I think one of the songs they wrote was names after me ebcause my name is Katie and they wrote a song called "Katies Kisses". I will always love the Dixies and i miss my grandad so much.


Name:  Harry
Email: hockedy@hotmail.com
Date:  05 Feb 2010

Comments: Doing a radio programme on the showbands and that era and i would like to obtain any recordings of The Clipper Carlton Showband. Can anybody help?

Webmaster's Note: As with all requests, your best bet is to join our free forum and post your message there.


Name:  Sister Joan
Email: annette_maguire@hotmail.com
Date:  02 Feb 2010

Comments: hello there the page is brilliant keep up the good work


Name:  tommy coyne
Email: 20@yahoo.ie
Date:  31 Jan 2010

Comments: hi i like yr site very much  i was part of showband era from 70 s on had a great time in alot of different bands  played guitar  vocals   in all of them   a lot of the bands  were breaking up here and there  at the time if you played good and sang well then you were in   bands i was with to name a few were monaco majorca giants airliners hoot nannys   loved every minute toured england scotland lenght breath of ireland with hootnannys  the last hoot nannys band  was when the miami  showband were murderd we disbanded some time after that actually on that same  night we were not to long behind them god  bless them hope you took the time to read text  and thank you
 
(Editor's Note: Tommy, we would love to learn more about your career, please send an email.)


Name:  niall j grace
Email: nialljosephgrace@gmail.com
Date:  31 Jan 2010

Comments: As im not a master of the internet I would love if you made the site somewhat easier to access different sections, otherwise a-ok.

(Editor's Note: Navigation links are at the top of every page)


Name:  kevin carton
Email: kevinjcarton@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  31 Jan 2010

Comments: looking for any up and coming dates for showbands era as for the rest of the site great looking back loved hearing and reading about the show bands loved ronan collins shows thanks


Name:  therese pavlovic
Email: tree1979@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  30 Jan 2010

Comments: Hello, just wondering, my father David Murphy played with the Swing Commandos and from my own experience was band leader at some time. Jim Cantwell was also band leader, so bit confusing. Does anyone have any information on the band or my dad? Would love to hear from you.

(Editor's Note: Therese, your best bet for info like this is always on our free forum.)


Name:  Margaret & Steve Wasbotten
Email: paddyriley1948@talktalk.net
Date:  30 Jan 2010

Comments: To Tony Hughes & Charlie Arkins. Remember the good times on the American Bases? The food was great & the drink was exceptional. Write & let us know how you are doing. We are living in Lakenheath, near RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk. Regards, Margaret & Steve


Name:  Billy O'Keefe
Email:  okeeffebilly@hotmail.com
Date:  29 Jan 2010

Comments: any photos or news on the partners waterford thanks billy


Name:  Katie O' Leary
Email: katie.oleary@hotmail.com
Date:  28 Jan 2010

Comments: Fantastic site. cant wait for the audio samples to be posted. I have printed pictures of the Dixies  (grandad John Sheehan) from the site to put in picture frames, so proud! RIP pops. Love you x


Name:  Colette Mc Devitt
Email: colette_mcdevitt@hotmail.com
Date:  28 Jan 2010

Comments: Just came across this great website while looking on the internet for any info on The Melody Swingtette, the band my father Frankie Mc Devitt was a member of in the 50's. Sadly, Dad died suddenly on 5th Dec '09 and we would dearly love if anyone with any old photos or recordings of the band would get in touch. Paddy, his brother, played in the band too and then went on to form his own band The Northern Lights, with which he had a hit with Little Isle Of Green. Any info would be much appreciated and you can email me at the address above . Thanks!


Name:  Glen Brown
Email: laharna60s07@yahoo.com
Date:  27 Jan 2010

Comments: Good Site, looking forward to ROI 2010 special stamp issues featuring Irish Showbands. Is Irish- Showbands. com issuing their  "Irish Showbands" First Day Cover?


Name:  Martin Greenman
Email: marting42@tiscali.co.uk
Date:  24 Jan 2010

Comments: Excellent website. Interesting reading about the Miami showband and in The Sands. My uncle is Murty Quinn. Slan


Name:  paddyfitz
Email: fitz_paddy@yahoo.com
Date:  23 Jan 2010

Comments: the madotors  i lived in belfast with danny  maitlaind  on the shore road  he and jonnie morgan and a friend billy  played on the shankill rd on sat on sun the played in the falls rd  great guys


Name:  Lilian
Email: sophiamud@gmail.com
Date:  22 Jan 2010

Comments: I have just discovered your site. What happy memories it brings back.I danced my way through the sixties and seventies and  to most of the showbands both big named ones nationally and the local ones in Cork. the dance halls like the"Arcadia" in Cork and the "Majorca" in Crosshaven, the "Showboat" in Youghal, all of the big bands played those venues.Sometimes the warm up bands were every bit as good as the headliners, somestimes even better.I married  a man named Paddy, who played with The Diplomats they were a great local band who played all over the country.


Name:  debbbie white
Email: debbiedoyle259@hotmail.com
Date:  22 Jan 2010

Comments: my grandfather was johnny barton he was a drummer with dermot o'brien's clubmen, some of the phot's thast are up on this sit are great, i hadn't seen them before..


Name:  Edel Healy
Email: edelhealy@gmail.com
Date:  22 Jan 2010

Comments: Willie Healy on trumpet with Dermot O Brien and the Club Men is my father. Fantastic pictures of him. 77 years of age and still playing better than ever. He always talks about the good old days with Dermot. I'm very proud of what he has achieved in his life. I just wish we had more photo's and albums of them as a group...... Great web site


Name:  hucklebuckgirl
Email: 3beaustreet@gmail.com
Date:  21 Jan 2010

Comments: does anyone know anything about ,Liam McKenna> . Liam played with the Creatures and we were good friends.


Name:  Vera Hayes
Email: verahayes21@yahoo.com
Date:  21 Jan 2010

Comments: Can anybody tell me where I would get hold of music of Maxi, Dick and Twink...as I do a radio show and would love to get some of their music out on my show...please


Name:  Mary
Email: maryshorten@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  19 Jan 2010

Comments: Came across your site by accident so glad i did, i am from the showband era of the 60s, dancing to all the big showbands in the Harp & Shamrock in Birmingham  England what a magical time it was there will be nothing like that time again, the young generation of today does not know what they have missed. Keep up the good work so us oldies can relive our youth with reading about the bands. I am back living in Ireland now. Mary.


Name:  pat carolan
Email: patcarolan7@gmail.com
Date:  18 Jan 2010

Comments: First class website which brings back a lot of memories. The talent we had in Ireland was fantastic, no matter what type of music you liked. As time moves on we lose some of the great ones, like Joe Dolan, Brendan O'Brien and many more but with sites like this they will never be forgotten. Keep up the great work.


Name:  Helen Conroy Noonan
Email: Helenconroy9@hotmail.com
Date:  17 Jan 2010

Comments: Great Web Site. I am looking for Amercian Country music singers/bands in Ireland. Other than the Great Robert Mizzell & The Country Kings of course. Can you help Please. Regards Helen.


Name:  Vera Lane
Email: lane.vera@yahoo.com
Date:  13 Jan 2010

Comments: hi would anybdy know where i could get the song perly shells by john frawley.. i loved the monachs showband. best regards. vera lane curragh castlemahon county limerick


Name:  nicola crean
Email: nicola.crean@gmail.com
Date:  13 Jan 2010

Comments: just stumbled across this site, johnny crean the drummer in the new fairways was my grandad, he was killed in a car accident long before i was born........ it was good to see him feature on this site and see how well known he was....... and it was great to learn more about him and what he used to do! Its the first time iv seen any pictures of him in his band and i have you guys to thank for that


Name:  Annette Maguire
Email: annette_maguire@hotmail.com
Date:  11 Jan 2010

Comments: I really enjoy scrolling through the guestbook and catching up on the bands and looking at the photographs of the band lead singers that I remember when I went to local dance halls back home.  Some of my favourites were Dermot Hegarty, Gene Stuart, Brian Coll and Hugo Duncan to name but a few. This site is a lovely way to go back over the memories of the past and in recent years I have made a point of going to hear newly formed showbands and still enjoy the music I grew up with.  A big thank you to all those boys and girls who have entertained us down through the years. Keep up the great work


Name:  Vera Draper (McGrath)
Email: ireneaburden@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  10 Jan 2010

Comments: Frankie was a neighbour and a friend for many in years In Tuam of Johnny Flynn Band, Myself and my husband danced with them all over Ireland and Coventry. Fond memories. Vera


Name:  alfie (marty)  walsh
Email: alfredwalsh@hotmail.com
Date:  10 Jan 2010

Comments: Just found your site think its brill. Its great to see some old friends from my showband days emailing in. I played in the group days with Wenton Feill and the L Tones. Billy Harrison was lead, Tiger Taylor rhythm, Billy went on to VM and Them. I went to the Regency Showband, The Carling Showband, Billy McFarland and finished my music days with 16 years in the Beachcombers with Billy Grey (ex-Grenadiers) and Vaughn Byrne (ex-Federals and the Jimmy Johnston Showband). 


Name:  alex clark
Email: alexclark34@gmail.com
Date:  10 Jan 2010

Comments: I played sax with Aesops Fables and they were ahead of  that time, plus The Greenbeats, and other bands. UK  - USA and around the world.


Name:  Mary Shorten
Email: maryshorten@hotmail.co.uk
Date:  10 Jan 2010

Comments: First of all  my deepest sympathy on the tragic death of your son. This is my first visit to the website and i am so pleased that i have found it, been looking at the showbands from the 60s my era and brings back a lot of memories all good well most of them anyway. It is lovely to see what has happened to the bands & some of the members.I used to live in Birmingham & Coventry England and went to see all the bands.I still go to see Larry Cunningham and any of the bands when i can as I am living in Dublin now.I will keep looking for the updates to see what has happened to some of the members (ie) Jimmy Smith of Mighty Avon's fame & Jim McManus from the Dave Glover showband.


Name:  carole wallace
Email: bighdeirgh@hotmail.com
Date:  09 Jan 2010

Comments: for the attention of pauldegi you will get this info from either louie walsh the manager of chips or linda martins who sang with chips either will be able to help you hope this helps you


Name:  Ed Keating
Email: eddiekeating@msn.com
Date:  08 Jan 2010

Comments: Hello! I was delighted  to visit your fab site and see some of the showband photos and history of the various bands-especially the '70s era.  I played with four bands which toured the circuit in Ireland from June '77 to Dec., '79, namely: Gimik, Lucky Numbers, Magic and Maurice Mulcahy. I hope you succeed in continuing to maintain this site and, possibly add to it in the near future. Regards, Ed Keating


Name:  Mary Mc Carthy
Email: mmccarthy@midlandbandages.com
Date:  07 Jan 2010

Comments: Where is Aidan @ George now they played with Doc Carroll  in 1974-1978 approx. Cannot remember second names.


Name:  Liam Ralph
Email: willie.ollie@hotmail.com
Date:  06 Jan 2010

Comments: I have great memories of Tommy Drennan and The Monarchs playing The Premier, Thurles,late sixties, Boolavogue was a classic, I also recall John Frawley singing a good version of Pearly Shells, I thinks Boolavogue should be re-released on a cd with the best of Tommys other hits Little Boy Lost etc; bound to be a popular choice.


Name:  pauldegi
Email: degipaul@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  04 Jan 2010

Comments: I wonder does anyone know where i can get hold of the Band CHIPS recorded music or is there any on cd, I hope someone knows ,they were fantastic.happy new year.


Name:  wendy reid
Email: wendyreid@musician.org
Date:  03 Jan 2010

Comments: I am Australian and remember Alex Burns from the Witnesses (guitarist) when he retired to live in the northern Sydney suburb of Narrabeen back in late 70's. He and my dad teamed up to do a jazz fiddle/guitar duo as my dad was a violinist. I recall Alex showing me and dad a photo of him with Elvis Presley when he played backings with Elvis in Las Vegas in the early 70's. Last I heard he was doing freelance gigs around Sydney and still lived in Narrabeen into the 80's. He was living with his wife at that time. Hope anyone finds this little bit of trivia interesting!


Name:  Tina kavanagh
Email: tinakav@eircom.net
Date:  02 Jan 2010

Comments: fab website. could you tell me if you have a poster of American Pie in the 1980's. My late husband Sean Mcormick played in the band,also in the silver pennies in the 1970's. keep up the good work. look forward from hearing from you. regards Tina.


Name:  Nicole de Miscault
Email: njbecker@free.fr
Date:  02 Jan 2010

Comments: I am looking for a showband from galway : the philosophers, I am looking  John Grant , I am french and I knew him in 1967 in Galway , university road, thanks


Name:  orlasweeney
Email: orlasweeney30@yahoo.co.uk
Date:  31 Dec 2009

Comments: hi sandy kelly orla sweeney here love your show on monday in the regency hotel


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