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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 Nashville Showband The Navak Showband The Nevada Showband
The New Blues Showband The New Horizon Showband The Newmen Showband
The Kim Newport Showband Niagra Showband Nomads Showband
Northern Comets Showband Northern Lights Showband Michael O'Callaghan Showband
The Oceans Showband The Odeon Showband The Ohio Showband
The Oklahoma Showband The Old Cottage Girls Showband The Olly Maloney Showband
The Oriole Showband The Overlanders Showband The Pacific Showband
The Paladin Showband The Palms Showband The Par3 Showband
The Paragon7 Showband The Paramount Showband The People Showband
The Philosophers Showband The Pirates Showband The Plainsmen Brian Harkin
The Platters Showband The Plattermen The Plattermen Rock Stewart
The Playboys Showband The Polka Dots Showband The William Ponsonby Showband
The Prairie Ramblers Showband The Premier Aces Showband The Presidents Showband
The Problems Showband The Quarrymen The Quartermasters Showband
The Quicksilver Showband Johnny Quigley All Stars The Raindrops Showband
The Ramblers Showband The Ranchers Showband The Cheeky Rascals Showband
The Ravens Showband The Ray Lynam Showband The Raydots Showband
The Real Mc Coy Showband The Rebel Showband The Red Admirals Showband
The Red 7 Showband The Regal Danceband The Regal Showband
The Regency Showband The Renegades Showband The Rhythm Boys Showband
The Rhythm Stars Showband The Ripcords Showband The Rising Sons Showband
The Riveria Showband The Rocky Tops Showband The Royal Showband
The Royal Blues Doc Carroll The Royal Chords Showband The Jack Ruane Showband
The Rumble Band The Rythm Aces Showband
The Sailors Showband The Saints Showband The Saints & Sinners Showband
The San Antones Showband The Sands Tony Kenny The Sandy Jones Gang
Sandy Kelly The Santa Fe Showband The Savoy Showband
The Savoy Swing Seven The Scarlet Seven Showband The Scripto Showband
The Seasons Showband 2ndSound  Eileen Reid  The Serenaders Showband
The Scholars Showband The Scholars Showband 2 Shelly and Her Band
Brendan Shine The Showband Show The Showstoppers Showband
The Sierra Showband Robin and the Signs The Silhouettes Showband
The Silver Dollars Showband The Skymasters Showband The Sky Rockets Showband
The Slieve Foy Showband The Snowdrifters Showband  The Sorrento Dance Band
Sounds Anonymous Showband The Sounds Showband The Specialists Showband
The Spotlights Showband Stage 2 Showband Stage 5 Showband
The Stardust Showband The Statesiders Showband The Stellas Showband
The Sterling Showband  Tony  Stevens Showband The Strand Showband
The Strangers Showband The Students Showband The Jimmy Sturrock Showband
The Stylos Showband Sundowners Colm and the Sundowners
The Swallows Showband The Swarbriggs Showband The Swing Colledge Showband
The Swing Commandos Showband  The Swing Earls The Swingtime Aces
The Swinging Jarvies  Showband The Tahiti Showband The Tallmen Hugo Duncan
The Tara Showband The Tartans Showband Tarzan  Monkeys Showband
The Teenbeats Showband The Teeveetones Showband Tony & The  Telstars
The Tides Showband The Tigermen Showband
The Times Showband Top League  Showband Toppers Showband
The Top Stars Showband Top7  Showband The  Toreadors Showband
The Tourists Showband The Transit Showband The Trend Showband
The Trenniers Showband The Trident Showband The Trixons Showband
The Tropical Showband Tumbleweeds Showband Twilight Showband
The Vaqueros Showband The Vampires Showband The Vanguard Six Showband
The Ventures Showband The Viceroys Showband The Vicords Showband
The Victors Showband The Vikings Showband The New Viscounts Showband
The Swinging Viscounts The Brose Walsh Orchestra The Warriors Showband
The Wandering Stars The West Coasters Showband The Witnesses Showband
The Dick Whitney Seven The Woodchoppers
The Woodlanders The Woodpeckers  The Kevin Woods Showband
The Wolverines Showband The Wranglers Showband The Jimmy Wyley Showband
The Yaks Showband The Young Earls Showband The Young Fntana Showband
The Young Shadows Showband The Zodiacs Showband The Zulus Showband

 
 
 

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