Navak Band Feature (1966-1970?)
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Where Are They Now?
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."
More to come.....
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