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The Flying Carlton Feature (1937-1960)

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The Story

Although our website is dedicated to those bands that played the ballrooms between 1955 and 1985, we occasionally get info about the bands that preceded the showband era. One such band is the Flying Carlton, a band that played the ballrooms across Ireland, England and Scotland long before the Carlton Clippers came on the scene.

The band got its name from the dancing public themselves and perhaps, to some extent, as a result of their own unique appetite for always being in the forefront with new ideas. They had been on the road about eleven years when in 1948, they became the first Irish dance band to take to the air to fulfill a long distance engagement in Hospital, Co. Limerick. At first they wanted to charter a plane and take off from a large field in Rathmullan owned by a Mr. Kelly but as this was not feasible, they flew via Aer Lingus from Dublin to Shannon and completed the trip via road. Of course in those days, equipment was not a problem as they virtually had none to carry other than their instruments.

History had been made, but it was a publicity stunt astutely executed which paid off for years to come as "The Flying Carlton" from Drogheda became a word of mouth crowd puller in every corner of Ireland. The band was managed by Tommy Mathews who, according to legend, was the first professional manager of an Irish dance band. Additionally, when the band added Ella Bannon as lead vocalist, this was also a first in Ireland.

When the band toured England and Scotland, they became the first Drogheda based band to do so.      

More to come.....

Photo Gallery

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Years Vocals Trumpet Violin Violin/Trpt Bass Drums Keyboards Sax Sax
1937     Jimmy
English
Eddie
Gargan
  Peter
Donnelly
Willie
Shields
Paddy
White
Willy
Flynn
1948 Ella
Bannon
Paddy
Kierans
Joe
Leech
Bobby
Murphy
Jimmy
Fitzpatrick
Peter
Donnelly
Brian
Hoey
Paddy
White
Willy
Flynn
                   
                   

Discography

S - #3 Irish Charts
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Audio Clips

         
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Where Are They Now?  

Jimmy English:
Eddie Gargan:
Peter Donnelly:
Willie Shields:
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