T.R. Dallas (Tom Allen) Photo
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Where Are They Now?
The story of T.R. "Tom Allen" Dallas is a little piece of showband
history, and a success story unlike any other during the era. The
Moate born singer is the brother of Tony Allen (1/2 of the legendary
folk duo, Foster and Allen). Tom got his start in the showband era
in July, 1970, when he joined a newly revamped Finnavons Showband.
Former lead singer, Gerry Black had left the band, along with
several other musicians and the Castleblaney based band had to
regroup. They added Tom on vocals,
along with Gerry O'Rourke (guitar), Sean Hughes (bass), Frankie
Lynch (drums) and Brian O'Neill (sax).
In February, 1972, Doc Carroll of
the Royal Blues had just released his final single with the band
(called Night Runners) and he announced he was leaving to form a new
band. He drafted both Allen brothers, Tom and Tony (who would soon
be half of Foster and Allen).
The next stop for Tom was the
More to come.....
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