Mick Delahunty (and Mick
Delahunty Jr.) Orchestra and Band
Mick Delahunty and his big band were a fixture
on the Irish Ballroom scene for 40 years. Based in Clonmel, Co.
Tipperary, the band were part of the generation of sit down
orchestras that preceded the showband era ushered in by The Clipper
Carlton and others in the later 1950's. In 1957, the band was
resident in the Showboat Ballroom in Youghal, Co. Cork.
In an interview published in Spotlight in
January, 1970, Mick was asked why the band had continued to play
sitting down when the rest of the bands kicked away their music
stands. He responded, "Wouldn't we look a bit silly prancing around
the stage after all these years?" By the time 1970 rolled around
Delahunty and Maurice Mulcahy were the only two orchestras left on
the scene, but Maurice's band was already becoming a showband by
Mick never had a manager, "I remember a time
when there was no such thing as a promoter or middleman in the
business and I preferred it that way," he commented. "I like to look
after my own affairs and meet people myself."
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