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The " uniquely Irish phenomenon of the showband " first emerged in the early 50s as a wholesome way to cut a rug while minding the Churchs prohibitions against " displays of earthy sensuality, Hugely popular, these big bands played repertoires consisting of the days American hits; they were so in thrall to music from across the Atlantic that one bandleader, Brendan Boyer, is seen by some as the first Elvis impersonator
 

The 60's was the golden era of the Irish showband scene, as Ireland was just about to emerge into the modern world, coming from a simple, innocent lifestyle of the 50's, to a world of television, rock'n'roll, and everything else that the 60's brought. The dance bands of the 50's were a starchy bunch, who hid behind their instruments and went through the night's programme in a machine like fashion. Then the younger musicians came along, having listened to Radio Luxembourg 208, or the pirate station broadcast from sea, Radio Caroline. They put the 'show' into show band, by dressing in snazzy suits and adding some choreography to their act. They also built up a rapport with the audience. It was a big thing back then to see someone that you'd actually heard on the radio, or better still, seen on TV, and this was one of the reasons for the show band stars achieving superstar status in Ireland, decades before the word 'superstar' was invented.

 List of Irish Showbands
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The Action Showband  The Agents Showband The Airchords Showband
The Airliners Showband The Altonaires Showband The Alpine Seven Showband
The Ambassador Showband American Express Showband The American Pie Showband
The Annalees Showband The Paul Anthony Showband The Apaches Showband
The Arran Showband The Arabs Showband The Arranville Showband
The Arrivals Showband The Arrows Showband The Artomes Showband
The Astrals Showband The Astronauts Showband
The Atlantas Showband The Atlantic Showband The Avengers Showband
The Avonairs Showband The Bandits Showband The Banshees Showband
The Barons Showband The Barristers Showband The Barrow Boys Showband
The Beaumont 7 Showband Philomena Begley The Bermuda Showband
The Berwyn Showband The Big 8 Showband The Big Four Pat McGeegan
The Big Ivan Showband The Big Time Showband The Big Valley Showband
The Black Aces Showband The Blackdots Showband The Blue Aces Showband
The Blue Birds Showband The Blue Boys Showband The Blueglows Showband
Bluesville 
The Harry Boland  Band The Boston Showband Brendan Bowyer Showband
The Boys Showband The Branded Man Showband The Breakaways Showband
The Bridesiders Showband The Broadway Showband The Pete Brown Showband
The Buckshots Showband The Buckaroos Showband The Kevin Burke Showband
The Pat Burke7 Showband The Burmah Showband The Burton Showband
The Bye Laws Showband The Jay Byrne Band Cades County
The Cadets Eileen Reid The California Breakmen The Pat Campbell Showband
The Candy Showband The Canvas Wagon The Capitol Showband Page (3)
The Capitol Showband Page (2) The Capitol Butch Moore The Capri Showband
The Carling Showband The Carlton Showband The Carlton Orchestra
The Caroline Showband The Carousel Showband The Cascades Showband
The Casino Showband The Casuals Showband
The Stan Cauley Orchestra The Cavaliers Showband Central Seven Showband
The Chad Showband Tony Chambers Band The Champions Showband
The Characters Showband The Chekkers Showband The Checkmates
The Chessmen The Chimes Showband The Chips
The Chris Lamb Showband The Claxon Showband The Clefonaires Showband
The Clippertones Showband The Clipper Carlton Showband The Clipper Carlton More
The Clouds Showband The Clubmen Dermot O'Brien The Clubsound Showband
The Coasters Showband The Paddy Cole Superstars The College Boys Showband
The College Showband Columbia Showband The Comets Showband
The Conquerors Showband The Cordettes Showband The Cosmos Showband
The Cossacks Showband The Cotton Mill Boys The Country Flavor
The Countrymen Showband Country Style Ian Corrigan
The Country Blueboys The Country Hillsiders The Corsairs Showband
The Cousins Showband The Johnny Costello Band The Cowboys
The Crackaways Showband The Cresent Showband The Crickets Showband
The Crowns Showband The Crystal All Stars Showband Paddy Cummings Showband

 
 
 



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