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Crackaways Showband Story (1961 - 1970?)

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The Story

The first mention of the Crackaways Showband we can find is from a newspaper advert on June 3rd, 1961 advertising that the band would be taking bookings after June 17th, which we assume was the start of the band. The manager was Des Davis (he also played sax) and the band was based in Clara, County Offaly.

The original lineup was: Mickey O'Hara (MD, guitar/trumpet), Rickie Scully (sax), Norbert Gorry (trumpet), Jimmy Cushen (keyboards), Paddy Rabbitte (trombone), Brendan Cullen (bass), Pat Tracey (drums), and Des Davis (manager and sax).  

Within six months, the band was doing quite well with gigs all around the country. They were advertising that they had "played in 21 counties" which something we can't confirm, but we do know that they had played in Dublin (which was seen as a feather in the cap of many rural-based bands back in the day).  

In May 1962, a small advert announced the addition of Jimmy (Seamus) Brennan as the new guitarist with the band, so we assume Mickey O'Hara had left, although it appears he may have returned to play bass a couple of years later for a while.

In December, 1965 the band released its first single, "Tennessee Wig Walk" with "What In The World's Come Over You" on the B-side. In early 1966, the band added a new featured lead singer, Patricia Pender, from Tullamore and the band would be known as Patricia and the Crackaways. Patricia had previously been vocalist with the Andy Hennessey Showband from Kilbeggan and prior to that the Swinging Safaris group from Tullamore.

In February, 1969 it was reported that the band had left for a two month (Lenten) tour of American military bases in Germany. It was also reported in 1969 that Patricia had left the band to join the Keynotes.

In 1970 Tony Whelan took over management of the band. He had formerly managed Sandie Jones and the Royal Earls. After that, we can find no adverts for the band playing dances so we are assuming they went off the road.

In the late 1970's (circa 1978) another band called the Crackaways Showband was on the road but they were based out of Longford so we do not know if they had any links to the original band or just used the same name.

More to come.....

Photo Gallery

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Years Vocals Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Keys/Gtr Sax Trombone Trumpet
June
1961
  Des
Davis (sax)
Mickey
O'Harax
Cartage
Berry
Pat
Tracey
Jimmy
Cushen
Ricey
Scully
Pat
Rabbitte
Norbert
Gorry
Oct
1961
  Des
Davis (sax)
Mickey
O'Hara
Brendan
Cullen
Pat
Tracey
Jimmy
Cushen
  Pat
Rabbitte
Norbert
Gorry
May
1962
  Des
Davis (sax)
Seamus
Brennan
Brendan
Cullen
Pat
Tracey
Jimmy
Cushen
  Pat
Rabbitte
Norbert
Gorry
1964   Billy
Digan
Noel
McCormack
Mickey
O'Hara
Tommy
Redmond
Brendan
Cullen
Frank
Bracken
Pat
Rabbitte
Norbert
Gorry
1965 Patricia
Pender
Jim (keys)
Boland
Noel
McCormack
Pat
Lowebridge
Tommy
Redmond
  John
Gorman
Pat
Rabbitte
Paud
Kavanagh
1966 Patricia
Pender
Frank
Montgomery
Noel
McCormack
Mickey
Kenny
Noel
Byrne
  John
Gorman
Pat
Rabbitte
Paud
Kavanagh
                   

Discography

Tennessee Wig Walk / What In the World's Come Over You
Unknonwn Label - Unknown - December, 1965

Audio Clips

         
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Coming Soon

Where Are They Now?  

Des Davis:
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Patricia: Went on to join the Keynotes after leaving the band around 1969.
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