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The Odeon Showband Gallery

Photo Gallery - Band Lineups - Discography - Audio samples - Where Are They Now?

The Story

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.

Jack Bayle (trombone), German born Horst Henchel (RIP-sax and clarinet), Paddy Byrne (trumpet) and 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.....

Photo Gallery

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Odeon Showband (BK) Odeon Showband (JF) Odeon Showband (JR) Odeon Showband (JF) Odeon
     
Odeon (PL) Odeon (PL) Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon
Years Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Trumpet Sax Trombone
1962 Ernie
Pigott
Alan
Gregory
Fergie
Gibson
John
Fennessy
Paddy
Byrne
Horst
Henchel
Jack
Bayle
196? Jimmy
Ledwidge
Alan
Gregory
Fergie
Gibson
John
Fennessy
Paddy
Byrne
Horst
Henchel
Jack
Bayle
               
               

Discography

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Audio Clips

Coming Soon

Where Are They Now?  

  Jack Bayle: John Fennessy tells us that Jack (along with Paddy) joined the Tommy O'Brien band, which at the time was the resident band in Clery's Ballroom in Dublin.
  Horst Henchel (RIP):
  Paddy Byrne: John Fennessy tells us that Paddy (along with Jack) joined the Tommy O'Brien band, which at the time was the resident band in Clery's Ballroom in Dublin.
  Ernie Pigott (RIP):
  John Fennessy: After leaving the band, John joined the RTE Light Orchestra (now know as the Concert Orchestra) and he played with them until he retired a couple of years ago.
  Fergie Gibson:
  Alan Gregory:
  Jimmy Ledwidge:
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