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Maurice Mulcahy Orchestra / Bandshow Feature (1952-?)

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The Story

When the Maurice Mulcahy band formed in 1952, the showband era was still a long way off. The big coup for an orchestra in those early days was to snag a residency in a major ballroom, usually by the seaside where the summer season would have dancers hopping from June through September. In June, 1957 the band took up its residency in the Central Hotel/Ballroom in Ballybunion working for Matt Sullivan. This move would serve them well as in 1970, Joe Mulcahy said that the 1970 summer season in Ballybunion "was their fourteenth."

According to a Spotlight article in January 1970, the Maurice Mulcahy Orchestra was formed in 1952 in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork. Maurice formed the band, but sadly passed away in 1963 and his brother Joe took over. By the time of the article, the band was a kind of hybrid, neither orchestra or showband. They stood when they played and moved a bit, but still read their music from music stands. The band played a mixture of all kinds of music from country to pop to Glen Miller. Although they made some singles, they had not released one at that time. Said Joe, "it wouldn't be our scene really."

Although the band traveled the country from Cork to Donegal, they played their summers in Ballybunion. In 1970 the band had shrunk to a ten piece, but they were a fifteen piece a decade earlier. By 1974, we think the band was back to an 11 piece, very large for the era as most bands by this time were sporting 7-8 piece lineups at most.  

More to come.....

Photo Gallery

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Years Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Sax Guitar Keys Sax Sax Sax Trumpet
June
1974
Gerry
Walsh
Ray
Fitzgerald
Oliver
Barrett
Cecil
Baylor
Joe
Mulcahy
Pat
Healy
Tom
Baylor
Michael
Mulcahy
David
Mulcahy
Michael
O'Driscoll
Marco
Petrassi
Late
70's
Michael
Cremin
Eamon
Fitzpatrick
Johnny
Hanrahan
Al
Treacy
Joe
Mulcahy
    Michael
Mulcahy
Oliver
O'Donnell
  Paddy
Byrne
                       
                       

Discography

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Audio Clips

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