Chris Grace
 Donie Collins ( Askeaton)and Raindrops Showband (Galway)
July 31st 2010
He had a Top Ten in ireland in the early 60,s with "Young Love"
when he fronted the Donie Collins Showband..
May his  Soul Rest in Peace."
John Baird


Courtesy of Liam O'Reilly Collection


Donie Collins from Askeaton, Co. Limerick, always had the best musicians in his Band.
All of the following Musicians played with Donie
Michael Collins and Ronnie Fox,Tommy Rooney,(Michael O’Callaghan)
Harvey Roche, Dave Coady (AtlanticWalter LewisReal McCoy, Big 8)
and Mick Guinnane, (Trumpets)
Mick Falahee and Joe Costello,Charlie Cheevers(Blue Aces) and Pat McDonald, (Saxes)
Frankie Burke, Henry Kiely and Steve Donoghue,(Berwyn)Drummers)
Eddie Sheehan (Capitol)and Austin Graham,(Bassists)
Liam Foley and Martin Roe,(Finnavons)(Guitarists)  Brian O'Grady (Keyboards)
and Vocalists Johnny Grant, Chris Grace,(Raindrops)Terri Fitzgerald,and

                           Courtesy of Liam O'Reilly Collection,


Sean O'Dowd
who played with Lee Lynch and the Blue Angels in London,
The Kevin Woods Showband, the Top League,Limerick,
and eventually the Ding A Ling Showband


Don Long
from Cork joined on Trombone in 1960
and was later to become a member of the famous Capitol Showband.

Donie Collins Showband:  Limerick.  Clockwise from top left
Eddie Sheehan,Austin Graham,
Charlie Cheevers, Henry Kiely,
Pat McDonald, Liam Foley, 
Chris Grace,(Raindrops)
Donie Collins (Center)

Story of the Donie Collins  Showband
 By John Baird

Donie Collins' signature tune, "Be My Guest"
introduced dancers all over Ireland to a great night's dancing,
Donie a native of Askeaton, Co. Limerick, died in 1987

Mexican Boy
Audio
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I can’t help myself – Donie Collins Showband.
An up tempo version of The Four Tops smash.
Maybe without the soul of Levi Stubbs but a good version anyway.

From the files of John Bairds collection
bairdart@iol.ie
 

 
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