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Berwyn Showband Story (1966-1970)

Photo Gallery - Band Lineups - Discography - Audio samples - Where Are They Now?

The Story

In mid-1966, a new band came on the scene in Limerick, which had previously boasted outfits like the Donie Collins Band (in fact several members of his band joined this new band,) the Berwyn Showband. Local businessman, Mick Crowe is credited with putting the band on the road and attracted some of the best musicians around at the time. The original line-up was: Joe Browne (vocals and guitar, formerly with the Ohio), Ray Fitzgerald (guitar), Eric Ryan (bass), Aidan D'Arcy (drums), Joe Cantillon (sax), Mick Falahee (sax) and Dave McCormick (trumpet). Bothe Eric and Mick were formerly with Donie Collins.

Initially the band did well in the southwest, but very quickly they getting gigs all across the country. The first six months seems to have been problematic for the band as in December, it was announced that two more Browne brothers, John and Willie, had joined brother Joe in the band and well as local guitarist Denis Allen. An article from early 1967 mentioned that the band had been a ten piece and was now a more manageable 8 piece.

Based on the research we have been able to do with newspaper archives, it appears there were three "phases" of the band as there was a wholesale change in the lineup as mentioned above and then in early 1968, the band was taken over by a new manager and it appears all new musicians. In 1968, the band was advertised as the New Berwyn Showband and had apparent changed managers as their contact was now listed as P. Guinane. An advert in 1969 said the lead singer was Eddie La Touche.

The last advert for the band gigging we can find is in March, 1970. We have to assume that at this point the band went off the road or changed its name. In retrospect, the most memorable aspect of the Berwyn was that it was Denis Allen's first band and he would go on in the 1970's and 1980's to become one of Ireland's best known songwriters.  

More to come.....

Photo Gallery

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Years Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Sax Sax Trumpet Trombone Guitar
July
1966
Joe
Browne
Ray
Fitzgerald
Eric
Ryan
Aidan
D'Arcy
Joe
Cantillon
Mick
Falahee
Dave
McCormack
   
10-67
Joe
Joe
Browne
Willie
Browne
John
Browne
Aidan
D'Arcy
Joe
Cantillon
Mick
Falahee
Dave
McCormack
   
???? Brendan
Frawley
Ray
Fitzgerald
Gerry
O'Brien
Aidan
D'Arcy
Joe
Cantillon
Denis
Allen
Dave
McCormack
Frank
Phelan
Frank
Coughlan
1969 Eddie
La Touche
               

Discography

S - #3 Irish Charts
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Audio Clips

         
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Where Are They Now?  

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