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Claxton Gallery (1961-1968)

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The Story

The first advert for the Claxton Showband from Drumquin, Co. Tyrone that we can find is from April, 1961. More recent accounts of the band's history stated that the band was formed in 1963, but this is clearly not the case, although it may coincide with their decision to turn professional (as bands often did). The band was managed by Barney Curley and the advert said the band featured "Patsy - Rock n' Roll Star" (Patsy was Pio McCann).

In January 1967, Jimmy Magee left the band to join the Dawnbreakers (formerly the Carnegie Showband from Irvinestown) and he was replaced by Tommy Fee 

More to come.....

Photo Gallery

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Claxton Showband (BS) Claxton Showband (BF) Claxton (RF) Claxton (RF) Claxton (RF)
Claxton (RF) Claxton (RF) Claxton - 1961 Claxton - 1965 Claxton - 1967
         
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Years Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Keys/Trmbn Sax Trumpet
Oct
1961
  Brendan
Sweeney
Pio "Patsy"
McCann
Robert "R.J."
Catterson
Frank
Donnelly
Peter
Brown
Hugo
Hughes
1963 Jimmy
Magee
Brendan
Sweeney
Pio "Patsy"
McCann
Robert "R.J."
Catterson
Mike
Kelly
Peter
Brown
Frank
Donnelly
  Jimmy
Magee
Brendan
Sweeney
Pio
McCann
Robert "R.J."
Catterson
Colm
Devine
Patsy
Gormley
Shane
McGahan
July
1966
Jimmy
Magee
Brendan
Sweeney
Pio
McCann
Freddy
Armstrong
Colm
Devine
Patsy
Gormley
Gerry
Quinn
Jan
1967
Tommy
Fee
Brendan
Sweeney
Pio
McCann
Freddy
Armstrong
Colm
Devine
Patsy
Gormley
Gerry
Quinn

As the first Buckaroos

June
1968
Brian
Coll
Brendan
Sweeney
Pio
McCann
Freddy
Armstrong
John
Trotter
Gerry
Quinn
Kevin
McGinty

Discography

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Audio Clips

         
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Where Are They Now?  

Brendan Sweeney: Brendan went with Brian Coll to become a member of the first Buckaroos line-up. He would also join the Huskeys in 1971 and go on to Frankie McBride's Rio Grande around 1972. He would later join Gloria and Mississippi. Following his showband career, Brendan formed a local pub group.
Jimmy Magee - RIP: Jimmy retired from the road and went back to his motor repair business in Irvinestown. At the end of the 1990's he moved to Enniskillen and sang in cabaret and pubs with is own Capitol Band. He then teamed up with Cecil Kettyles of the Skyrockets playing summer seasons in Bundoran. Sadly, Jimmy passed away on November 23rd, 2014 after a short illness. 
Pio McCann: Along with Brendan, Pio joined up with Brian Coll in the first Buckaroos before moving on to play with Hugo Duncan and the Tallmen. In recent times, he join the ranks of radio DJ's and currently presents a show on Highland Radio called The Pio McCann Country Show. 
Robert "R.J." Catterson: Unknown, please mail us if you have more info
Frank Donnelly: Unknown, please mail us if you have more info
Peter Brown: Unknown, please mail us if you have more info
Hugo Hughes: Unknown, please mail us if you have more info
Mike Kelly: Unknown, please mail us if you have more info
Colm Devine: After the band broke up, Colm worked in pubs for a while before returning to his day job as a dental technician and as far as we can tell, he is still running his business as a dental lab in Ballybofey as of late 2017. 
Patsy Gormley - RIP: Patsy continued his musical career after leaving the Claxton and would eventually team up with Pio McCann in a three piece group called The Blarney Roses. He sadly passed away shortly after playing a gig in Ederney which was his adopted home in August, 1998. He was only 53. 
Shane McGahan: Unknown, please mail us if you have more info
Gerry Quinn: Unknown, please mail us if you have more info

 


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