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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 Church’s prohibitions against " displays of earthy sensuality, Hugely popular, these big bands played repertoires consisting of the day’s 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.

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The Haggards Showband The Jack Hanley Showband The Harvest Showband
The Hawaiian Showband The Heartbeats Showband Basil Hendricks
The High Seas Showband The Highwaymen Frankie McBride The Hillbillies Ray Lynam
The Hilton Showband The Hoedowners Sean Dunphy The Hootenannys Showband
Hot Fever Showband The Hudson Showband
The Hugh Toorish Showband The Hughes Brothers Hughie Trainor  Showband
The Hunters Showband Red Hurley Showband The Hurricans Showband
The Hustlers Showband The Ideal Showband The Impact Showband
The Imperial Imps Showband The Incas Showband The Indians Showband
The International Showband The Liam Ivory  Ceili Band The Jackpots Showband
The Junior & The Jesters The Jets Showband
The Des Jinkens   Showband The Jivenaires The Jimmy Johnson Showband
The Jokers Showband The Derek Joy Showband The Jury  Showband
The Kamels  Showband Kangaroos  Showband Kansas City  Showband
Kelly and Klass The Kentones Showband The Kentuckians Showband
The Kerry Blues DJ Curtin The Keynotes Showband The Kingdom Showband
The Kings Showband The Kingston Allstars Showband The Klan Showband
The Klondyke Showband The Knights Showband The Knoxville Showband
The La Bamba Showband The Lagan Men Showband The LaScala Dance Band
The Las Vegas Showband The Leaders Showband Lee & Quo Showband
The Walter Lewis Showband The Lions Showband Daddy Cool and the Lollipops
The Pat Loughman Showband The Joe Lowney Showband Tommy Mac's Showband
The Billy MacFarland Showband Gay McIntyre Showband The Madisons Showband
The Magic Showband The Magnifecent Seven The Mainliners Big Tom
The Majestic Showband The Manhattan Showband Maple Leaf Showband
Margo and Blue Ridge Boys The Marines Showband The Marshals Showband
The Martells Showband The Martin Flynn Showband The Matty Fox Showband
The Marvettes Showband The Maurice Lynch Showband The Maurice Mulcahy Showband
Maura&GeorgeB5 Showband Maxie Dooley Band The Paddy McCafferty Showband
The McCusker Brothers Mecca Showband The Melochords Showband
The Melody Aces Showband The Melotones Showband The Merry Minstrels Showband
The Mexicans Showband The Miami Showband Dickie Rock Michael O'Callaghan Showband
The Mighty Avons The Mighty Avon Hugh McLean The Millionairs Showband
The Molloy All Stars
The Monarchs Tommy Drennan The Monarchs Van Morrison The Moonglows Showband
The Moonlight Orchestra The Montrose Showband The Dave Moynahan Showband
The Mounties Showband Mulhaires Ceili Band.  Muriel Day & The Night Squad

 
 

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