Sonny Knowles on Sax (Pacific Showband)

In the middle and late sixties, Dermot O'Brien and his band were one of the biggest draws in Ireland
and were featured on records, radio and numerous T.V. shows. They toured regularly in England, Scotland, the United States, Canada, Germany and even in the United Arab emirates where they appeared for many years.
In Scotland, where Dermot still tours once a year, he is known in that country of great accordion players as the
"King of the Accordion".

Front..L/R Willie Healy,Johnny Barton,Billy O'Neill,Denis O'Loughlin
Back..L/R..Paddy Farrell,George O'Reilly,(Manager)Bing Crosby,
Dermot O'Brien,Reggie Lloyd.
The guy in the bottom right is my brother he played with Dermot for years
Alto Sax and Clarinet Denis O'Loughlin. Take care Brendan O'Loughlin. Link

      The line-up of the first Clubmen was Paddy Farrell (Guitar/Banjo/vocals), Willie Healy (Trumpet),
                     Denis O'Loughlin (Sax/Clarinet), Billy O'Neill (Guitar/Vocals), Reggie Lloyd (Bass),
                                 Johnny Barton (Drums) with Dermot on Piano-Accordion.
In  1968, Timmy Regan left  to Form The Tigermen, Dermot reformed The Clubmen. Sonny Knowles came in   from The Pacific Showband on Sax and Clarinet. Trumpeter Mick Nolan, Bassist Fergus Gibson, Guitarist Benny Kindillon, Drummer Frank Darcy from The Paragon 7 and
                       Guitarist/Vocalist Donal O'Dowda also joined the new line-up.
.In 1970, the original Clubmen came back together with the addition of Eamon Campbell who is now a member of The Dubliners and Bassist Derek McCormack. The Clubmen folded in 1972 and Dermot continued his live performances with a four-piece group in which he was joined by Campbell,

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From his early days on the showband scene with the Clubmen through his work today with the world-famous Jurys Irish Cabaret, Dermot O'Brien has always had his accordion and unbeatable batch of songs to win over audiences throughout the world. Listen to Dermot and you'll see why it's no wonder that after thirty years he remains one of Ireland's most sought after musicians and balladeers!

Sadly; some of The Clubmen have passed away Paddy Farrell, Pat Jackson, Billy O'Neill,
Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Denis O'Loughlin,Donal O'Dowda,Derek McCormack  are deceased.

Dermot O Brien
Tuesday, 22 May 2007
Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to
 the O'Brien Family and
friends on the passing of Dermot
He will be greatly missed.

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