were huge stars in the 70s
They had many good years and decided to retire.
Tommy Swarbrigg began his career with the Drifters before leaving to form
The Times Showband with his brother Jimmy
The talented Swarbrigg brothers also enjoyed a separate singing career and
twice represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest.
In 1975 their That's What Friends Are For achieved sixth place
in the Eurovision final and reached number 2 in the Irish charts.
Two years later, The Swarbriggs Plus Two
| Nicola Kerr
Sang with Chips
Nicola Kerr joined The New Seekers in 1979
The success of the duo emphasized the musical talent that stretched
back through Irish showband history, from the Times to the Drifters.
They ventured into many successful businesses including fashion boutiques and shoe shops.
They managed small bands and organised and promoted concert tours
of Ireland for artists such as Smokie and Leo Sayer.
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