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Navak Band Feature (1966-1970?)

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The Story

An issue in the Spotlight magazine of September 12, 1969 included a three page advertisement feature on the Navak Showband which said they had been together for two years, putting their starting date as 1967. However, we also have a newspaper clipping of the band from 1966, so their origins are a little mysterious. The band, and most of its members were from Cavan and, in fact, their name is Cavan spelled backwards with a K substituted for the C. Managed by William McCormack from the end of 1968, the band was in the main a country outfit, although like all showbands, they played a little bit of everything.

Their lead singer was Brendan Hutchinson (who also played bass), brother of the Melody Aces, Shay Hutchinson. The rest of the band was: Sean "Dag" Carroll (sax), John Smith (keyboards), Oliver Kane (guitar), Gerry Graham (trumpet), Liam Cooke (drums) and Richard Graham (sax).      

In late 1968 they released the Hokey Pokey which had been previously covered by Jim Farley and his Tophatters. Said leader, "Dag" Carroll at the time, "it was unfortunate, but we feel we have too good a version to throw away, so we're going in there to fight it out." He continued, "we just want our version to be played on the radio and then let the public make up their own minds."

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Navak Showband (KS)

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Years Vocals/Bass Guitar Sax Drums Keyboards Sax Trumpet Trumpet
1968 Brendan
Hutchinson
Oliver
Kane
Sean "Dag"
Carroll
Liam
Cooke
John
Smith
Richard
Graham
Gerry
Graham
 
                 
                 
                 

Discography

42 in Chicago / If I Kiss You (Brendan Hutchinson)
Pye Records / 7N.17486 / March, 1968
Hokey Pokey / Evergreen (Sean Carroll)
Release Records - Unknown - December, 1968
The Lightning Express / The Spell of the Freight Train (Brendan Hutchinson)
Release Records / RL.522 / August, 1969
Bringing Mary Home / Honky Tony Season (Brendan Hutchinson)
Release Records - RL.555 - December, 1970

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