The Times Showband
Formed in 1968, the Times were an offshoot from Joe Dolan's highly successful Irish showband,
The Drifters. The line-up of the Times comprised Jimmy Swarbrigg (Vocals), Tommy Swarbrigg (Trumpet),
Joey Gilheaney (Trombone), Jimmy Horan (Bass), Des Doherty (Keyboards),
Gene Bannon (Sax),(Breakaways)(Drifters) Sean Kenny (Lead Guitar)(Jivenaires, Mystics)
and Donal Aughey (Drums).
Unlike many showbands of the era, the Times wrote much of their own material.
From 1969-76, they notched up a formidable series of Irish hits,
including Dozie, Hitching To Miami, Looking Through The Eyes Of A Beautiful Girl,
The Entertainer, It All Depends On You, If Ma Could See Me Now and Hold On.
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, they secured third spot in the Eurovision Song Contest with It's Nice To
Be In Love Again, which subsequently topped the Irish charts.
The success of the duo emphasized the
musical talent that stretched back through Irish showband history, from the Times to the Drifters.
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