The first ever showband in Sligo. In Tubbercurry, a group of young
lads decided to start a showband.
Along came Bernie Brennan, a nice fiddle player, who also played Sax, and his brother,
Eddie, who had a flair for Drumming. Two other brothers, Peader and Pierce Leonard,
had musical talents on the Guitar and the Cleftonaires were formed.
Carl Neilsen, a multi-talented man from Denmark, played trumpet, bass and accordion and he was signed up.
Pauric Patten was a great mouth-organ player, who soon took up the Clarinet and Sax with some style.
Sean Hunt filled in on Bass Guitar. Mickey Brennan Trombone. Sean Maran played and Sax.
For a crooner, they chose the very talented man-about-town, the late Tony Doyle.
Finally, after a great run of several years, they broke up. Mickey Brennan went with Pauric Potter to
Jack Ruane’s Showband and Victor’s Showband, in turn. Carl Neilsen,
Mickey and Pauric formed the band that is still playing, “The Jazz Lads”.
That is the history of the Clefonaires Showband,
Frank Brennan (RIP), Roddy Gillen.
Carl Nielsen, Sean Hunt, Eddie Brennan, Peadar Leonard, Pearse Lennon and Mickey Brennan.
Dominic Smith,(Savoy Swing Seven)
Frank (Vicey) Brennan,(Montrose)
Tony Doyle, Pat Kelpie and Noel Morrison (Savoy Swing Seven)have passed away (RIP)
Peadar Leonard, one of
the original members of the Clefonnaires Showband
died in California last Tuesday, 6 April 2010.
He is survived by his wife, Noreen (Patton), daughter,
Patricia, sons, Gary and David, brother, Pearse (California) and
sisters, Maura King (Galway) and Maeve Loughnane (Caifornia).
From John Bairds collection
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