The Odeon Showband
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Where Are They Now?
It was 1962 and the showband era
was in its infancy. The Clipper Carlton had broken the shackle of
the sit down orchestras and showbands were cropping up aropund the
country. The Odeon got its start when several members of the
Clonmel-based Mick Delahunty band realised the writing was on the
wall for big bands as more and more "orchestras" were trimming their
numbers and remaking themselves as showbands.
Bayle (trombone), German born Horst Henchel (RIP-sax and clarinet), Paddy Byrne
Ernie Pigott (RIP-vocals) decided to leave the fold and form their
own band. They needed a rhythm section and contacted Clonmel
drummer, John Fennessy, who at the time was with playing with the
Ballina-based Jack Ruane Band.
The band also recruited Fergie Gibson (bass) who at the time was with a band in
Dublin and local guitarist Alan Gregory from Clonmel who was also
in a band in Dublin. (We think Jimmy Dunnys band).
The started life based in Clonmel,
Co. Tipperary, but soon realised that many of their gigs were in the North
(Northern Ireland) so they decided to move to Dublin which was
central to all gigs. They were managed by Dee O'Kane from Dundalk.
As all bands went in those days
there were changes: the singer Jimmy Ledwidge came in as vocalist
when Ernie Pigott left.
The band eventually broke up as
bands did in those days Jack and Paddy joined Tommy O Brien Band
resident in Clerys Ballroom for a while Paddy eventually went back
to Clonmel and is still playing. Horst went back to Germany where he
passed away some years ago. Allan still lives in Dublin as does
Fergie Gibson. I then Joined the RTE Light Orchestra now called the
Concert Orchestra and remained there till i retired.
More to come.....
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