Maurice Mulcahy (21-8-1963), Maurice Lynch
David Coyle (Melody Aces) (17-11-1983), Johnny Kelly (Capitol) (25-10-1987), John Frawley (Monarchs) (17-6-1989), Danny Pearce (Jim Farley/Lions) (15-3-1969), Theo Cahill (Dixies) (23-7-1988), Chris O'Mahony (Dixies) 10-7-1990), Paul Williams (Greenbeats) (22-11-1967), Brian McCoy, Frank O'Toole and Tony Geraghty (Miami Showband ambush victims) (31-7-1975), Bobby O'Callaghan (21-9-1987), Brian Harkin (Mighty Avons and Plainsmen) (28-1-1991), Jimmy Molloy (Editor of Musical Gazette) (5-11-1993), Eamonn Andrews (Studios) (5-11-1987), Ollie Maloney (Tuam) 23-3-1994), Pat McGeegan (27-6-1987), Mick Delahunty (29-2-1992), Frankie Hannon (Johnny Flynn Band) (16-8-1975), Hugo Quinn (Clippers) 26-10-1987), Bram McCarthy (Capitol) 28-10-1987), Tom Dunphy (Royal and Big 8) (29-7-1975), Eddie Masterson (Tubbercurry and Dublin - songwriter and barrister) (4-4-1982), Mick Bryan (Fairways) (25-4-1970), Gerry Cronin (Ohio) (3-4-1988), Aidan Canning (Jack Ruane Band) (26-6-1992), Chris St. Leger (Victors) (7-12-1993).
It was one of those cruel ironies that, just as Waterford was preparing to celebrate a Bank Holiday Weekend of showband nostalgia in the Olympia Ballroom, the news broke that Derek Joy was dead. It really was difficult to believe that Derek was gone and his death caused genuine widespread sadness.
He had gone through some rough patches in his time but nobody expected that he would be called from this life so soon.
died on his birthday, May 4th, aged 64,
managed some of Ireland's top showbands and musical acts in a show-business career that began in the 1960s.In the mid-1960s, when showbands were at the height of their popularity,Jim Hand became the manager of Dermot O'Brien and the Clubmen.The band had a number one hit with The Merry Ploughboy.Under his management, the Capitol Showband recorded Black Velvet Band, sung by Des Kelly, which became one of the band's biggest hits.
Jim Hand: 1937 2001
Gerry Walsh, 58
a member of the original Mighty Avons
died on October 12th 2001
Gerry was a native of Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan
Though the Avons had been off the road for long years,
he still retained a big interest in the business and was
|Pete Browne (68) from Kiltimagh, who fronted the hugely
popular Band of Renown and later the Sundowners during the 1960s,
died at his home in the town last week. He was predeceased by his wife
Nancy in 1995 and is survived by his son Raymond and daughter-in-law Heidi
and grandchildren in Miami, Florida, and by his sister Margaret Wilkinson
His Band included Doc Carroll, Brian Carr and Frank and Vincent Gill, all of whom later went on to form the Royal Blues Showband, as well as Pete's brother James (who died last year) and the late Billy Holian from Tuam. Doc Carroll subsequently became the first singer from Connacht to register a Number One in the Irish Top 20 with Old Man Trouble.
November 15th, 2001
|I've just received news that OLIVER CROGHAN died
yesterday 7th Feb 2002
Oliver played with many groups and showbands over the years,including the HI-LOWS and the OKLAHOMA ShowbandsMay he Rest In Peace.
Eddie Kelly. -------------------------------------------------------------------------
John Baird July 6th 2002
|Last week Gerry Murphy from the
Donie Collins Band passed away.
Gerry was a close neighbour, a good friend and a fine musician right to the end. RIP
Posted July 15th 2002
Billy Carson (ex. Ohio and Swingtime Aces)died this
past week from cancer.
Posted Sat 7 Sep 2002
From John Baird email@example.com
has died suddenly in County Cavan.
Mr Finlay, who was in his early sixties, was a drummer with the band throughout the 1960s and 1970s when Larry Cunningham and Jean Stuart perfomed at dance halls throughout the country.
Mr Finlay was playing golf in Cavan when he took ill this afternoon. He is survived by his wife and two children
Granard, Co Longford CONNIE LEE passed away on December,30th after a long illness. Connie was lead singer Wells Fargo Prarie Ramblers;
THE Opportunity Band and Lee & Quo.
He made several recordings during the 70's, moving into management and promotions at the end of his playing days.. RIP
Showband Show (Shannonside Northern Sound)
|Date: 2003-04-25 00:14:11
Ronnie Ball ( firstname.lastname@example.org
Leo Mc Caffrey of The Glensmen" Leo passed away just last week. April 2003 R.I.P.
Glenn Quinn's father, Murty, who still lives in Dublin, is a musician who played with Dickie Rock and the Miami Showband, and later The Sands with Tony Kenny.
Dave Glover,and Witnesses
passed away on Wed,Feb 19th 2003
after a long battle against cancer.
He died in Canada.
Posted By John Baird
Brendan Hutchinson RIP.
Navaks Showband, and brother of the ledgendary
Shay Hutchinson (Melody Aces).
He recorded "The Lghtening Express" on Release Records late 60,s.
Sad News ,Regards ,John
Friday 11th July 2003 Seamus Creagh R.I.P It is with great sadness that I am posting news of the death of a great friend Seamus Creagh . Killea , Co.Donegal. Seamus played trombone with the Crescent Showband , and then with the Coasters/ Barristers and Bankers Showbands. three well
known Derry Bands and also with the Swing Revival Band from Letterkenny.He will be sadly missed by his wife Evelyn. Son Barry , Daughter Elaine,and by all who knew him all who knew him May he REST in PEACE.John Baird
Dickie McManus RIP Vocalist of The Woodchoppers , Showband. Derry died in Boston Feb 2003
Dickie McManus emigrated toBoston in 1965 Dickie put together his own outfit The Emeralds Showband which was well received by the large Irish-American contingents scattered throughout the country. Before long The Emeralds Showband were performing in major cities such as Chicago, New York, Boston and San Francisco.
Bass Guitarist with The Plattermen July 19TH. 2003
He recorded the rock number "Shake"
with the band in the 60,s. RIP. John Baird
Gary Street (55),
Fairways Showband (Ballina) July 5th 2003 RIP
In 1968, his own composition ‘Flippidy Flop’
reached No. 10 in the Irish Top 20
LORNE GIBSON 1940 - 2003
During the 1960’s several British singers came to Ireland to front a showband including:
Deke Arlon (Tara); Ricky Valance (Chessmen); Houston Wells (Premier aces); Lorne Gibson (Gamblers) etc.
Lorne Gibson was a very popular artist on the British pop scene. With his trio he was a regular on BBC Light programme “Saturday Club”
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Signed to Decca Reccords Lorne issued several excellent singles including
“Little Black Book” and “Some Do Some Don’t”, but chart success eluded him.
In late 1969 Lorne (a Scotsman) came to Ireland to front The Gamblers Showband.
An excellent group of musicians, they failed to grab the punters attention .
Lorne and the Gamblers also suffered a setback with their debut single “Eva Magdelena”,
it was banned by Radio Eireann.
Lorne Gibson died on 12 May, 2003 aged 63.
Shannonside Northern Sound
| David Mulcachy . who played Sax, with the
Maurice Mulcachy Band
passed away in the past week.
May he Rest in Peace.
Shay Hutchinson Melody Aces, RIP.
January 17th, 2004. Rated by his fellow peers as the finest country singer that Ireland produced, his passing will be mourned by the thousands who flocked to see and hear him on stages throughout the length and breath of Ireland. May he Rest in Peace.
Eddie Murphy Showband Show
IRELAND’S oldest and most famous band leader has died following a long-term illness.
25 November 2003
Hughie Trainor band leader revered throughout Ireland has died, aged 83.
For over five decades he was involved in dance bands.
The Hughie Trainor Orchestra and Hughie Trainor and the Melody Makers
provided entertainment for dancers the length and breadth of Ireland.
Hughie played the clarinet and saxophone from the 1940s right through to the end of the 1990s.
In the 1980s Hughie revived the "ballroom of romance" and played to enthralled audiences in
Armagh's Drumsill House Hotel and at different venues across the border.
He is survived by his wife Jean, a son and three daughters.
One of the forgotten bandleaders
May he rest in peace
Michael Galbraith leader of the Michael Galbraith Showband ,Carndonagh, who was the resident Band in
The Borderland Ballroom ,Muff Co.Donegal away back in he late 50,s early 60,s died on Saturday after
suffering a short illness. A fine musician and bandleader he will always be remembered by his many
family and former musicians that played with him.
May his Soul Rest in Peace.
Mon, 5 Apr 2004
Derek McCormack. died on January 30, 2004 at age 51.
Derek played both bass and guitar throughout his professional career, which began in the 1960's. He performed with Dermot O'Brien for 12 years,he later joined Barleycorn and The Fureys, Derek became the voice behind many of Barleycorn's most popular recordings, including
,"Song for Ireland," "Cavan Girl," "Carrickfergus," "Roisin," and many more.
Willie Deevey drummer with The Cadet's Showband
died suddenly in Dublin of a Heart Attack on Sat 22nd May 2004.
He was last seen on George Jones, "Do you come Here Often" Shows
at the Waterfront Hall , Belfast, a few years ago where he done a spot with
Eileen Reid and Paddy Burns from the Cadets .
May his Soul Rest in Peace
John Baird May 23rd 2004
Ernie Berkenheier,Bassist and founder member of the Airchords has died.
A Rememberance Mass will be held for Ernie in the Church of the Holy Spirit,
Ballyroan, Rathfarnham, Dublin on Thursday July 29th, 2004 at 12 noon.
Eddie Kelly July 28th 2004
Harry Whitley (R.I.P.)
Wee Harry Hank Whitley
as he was known ,was lead Guitarist with,--
The Oceans Showband,--,the Scholars Showband ,--,the El Repos-- and the Simpson sound,
to name but a few, and was one of the most talented guitarists I have ever known.
Harry was very well respected by the Belfast showband scene
He sadly passed away a few years ago
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