The largest digital showband archive in the world!
Based In Sligo, Ireland / email: showbands@gmsproductions.com

CLICK FOR:     FREE FORUM        HOME PAGE        GUESTBOOK      MAKE A DONATION

Art Supple and the Victors Feature (1963-1973)

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

The Story

The Victors came together in the Spring of 1963 and the original lineup was Len McCarthy (sax), Chris St. Ledger (sax), Tony Erangey (drums), John Sweeney (bass), and Wolfgang Nordt (guitar), but the band needed a lead vocalist. Murt Lucey, owner of the famous Redbarn Ballroom in Youghal, suggested the lead singer with his relief group, a young lad named Art Supple. Art fit in perfectly with the band and they took the stage for the first time in June at the Highfield Rugby Club.

Initially a six piece band, they expanded to a seven piece (we think around 1965) by adding Mickey Brennan (trombone) to the lineup.   

In 1966 singer Pat McGeegan left the band to join the Skyrockets of Enniskillen and although it was rumoured he was returning to the band in mid 1967, he elected to stay with the Skyrockets. At the same time they added Des Smith of the Collegemen and ex-Nevada accordionist, Pat Neary. In May of 1967 Chris St Ledger left the band and Art Supple became the leader of the band. Chris left to manage the fortunes of Declan Ryan and the Arrivals. Said Chris at the time, "the Arrivals should have been a nationwide attraction a long time ago."

In 1969, Noel Carty took over managing the Victors.

An interview published in the September 6, 1973 issue of Spotlight said Art and the band were going to be touring Europe for the following six months. At that time, Art said the band, "will still be coming back for the Summer months. What we intend doing is spending the Autumns and Winters abroad and playing the Irish scene during the Summer." We know from Art's own site that this did not last long. Less than a year later, an article in Spotlight in July, 1974 reported that Art had return to Ireland and joined the Brendan Shine Superband. We also now know that this was the end of the Victors.

We received an email from Des Hopkins in which he reported that in 1973 the cabaret scene was starting to take off and together with brother Billy Hopkins (Airchords and Royal), Arthur O’Neill (Airchords/Victors) and Jimmy Byrne (Victors) they formed Just Four. This group lasted eleven years with considerable success.

As with many bands, it appear the Victors simply "fell apart." We are not sure about their time in Europe and we are trying to contact Art to find out more.  

Photo Gallery

click on thumbnails for full image

Victors Showband (JD) Victors Showband (PB) Victors Showband (DD)

Art Supple (DD)

Art Supple - 1966 (LR)
Art Supple (KS) Victors Showband The Victors - 1971 (AC)

Art Supple and the Victors - 1972 (DK)

Victors in Toronto (JP)
Victors in 1966 (MB) Victors Art Supple (GF) Art on RTE - 1967

Victors

Art Supple - 1970 Art Supple - 1970 Art Supple - 1969 Art Supple - 1967 Art Supple - 1970
Victors (RF) Victors (RF) Victors (RF) Victors (RF) Victors (RF)
Victors (RF) Victors (RF) Victors (RF) Victors (RF) Victors (RF)
   
Victors (RF) Victors (RF)

Victors

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

         

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Lineup Changes (More to come)
 

Years Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Trmbn/Trmpt Sax Sax/Accrd Trumpet
1963 Art
Supple
Wolfgang
Nordt
John
Sweeney
Tony
Erangey
  Len
McCarthy
Chris
St. Ledger
 
1965? Art
Supple
Wolfgang
Nordt
Pat
McGeegan
Tony
Erangey
Mickey
Brennan
Len
McCarthy
Chris
St. Ledger
 
1967 Art
Supple
Des
Smith
Unknown Tony
Erangey
Mickey
Brennan
Len
McCarthy
Pat
Neary
Jim
Prendergast
1967 Art
Supple
Jim
Prendergast
Joe
Prendergast
Tony
Erangey
Mickey
Brennan
Len
McCarthy
Pat
Neary
 
1971 Art
Supple
Jimmy
Byrne
Martin
Gildea
Des
Hopkins
  Neil
Gildea
Arthur
O'Neill
Alan
Carr (trmpt)
1973 Art
Supple
  Martin
Gildea
    Neil
Gildea
  Alan
Carr (Trmpt)
                 

Discography

La Yenka
Rex Records / R.11014 / 1965
Showbands on Parade
- #9 Irish Charts
Rex Records / Unknown / July, 1965
Safely In Love Again
- #8 Irish Charts
Emerald Records / Unknown / May, 1966

At The Club / All Join In

Emerald Records / Unknown / December, 1968
Boys of Kilmichael
- #14 Irish Charts
Honey Records / Unknown / July, 1969 
Showbands in Hippyland / My Grandfather's Clock
Honey Records / COMB.12 / November, 1969
Three Flowers
- #18 Irish Charts
Honey Records / COMB.23 / June, 1970
A Soldier's Farewell
- #15 Irish Charts
Honey Records / COMB.25 / November, 1970
Offaly The Champs

Play Records / PLAY.12 / February, 1972
Plaisir D'Amour / Once Upon A Time Again
Play Records / PLAY.16 / 1972

Audio Clips

Coming Soon

Where Are They Now?  

Art Supple: The Victor's stayed on the road until about 1974 at which time Art was invited to join the Brendan Shine Superband, which had been on the road for a short time. Around 1978, he joined Joe Mac in Stage 2, taking over from Alan Carr who emigrated to Canada. When Stage Two packed it in, Art once again formed his own band called "The Showstoppers" which worked extensively on the cabaret circuit in the 1980's. The 1990's saw Art put together a band with his son,. Shane, and focus on the growing corporate and functions market and is still playing today.    
Wolfgang Nordt:   Unknown - if you have info please email us 
John Sweeney:   Unknown - if you have info please email us 
Tony Erangey: We understand that Tony was playing with Art in his band in the mid 1990's, and we got an email in January, 2014 from Shane Supple telling us Tony still plays in the local scene in Cork and can be seen during the Jazz festival playing with different bands in and around the city of Cork. Still plays the occasional gig with Art.
Len McCarthy: Shane Supple tells us in January, 2014 that Len is one of the leading sax players in the Jazz scene in Ireland and can be seen playing around Cork with many different bands today.  
Chris St. Ledger - RIP:
Pat McGeegan - RIP: After leaving the Victors, Pat went to the Skyrockets of Enniskillen and represented Ireland
In the Eurovision song contest in 1968 with Chance of A LIfetime. He formed a cabaret group, The Big Four, which he would also reform later in his career. Pat (real name McGuigan) sadly passed away on June 27, 1987.
Jim Prendergast: Shane Supple emailed us in January 2014 and told us Jim has retired from the pro music circuit, and living in County Waterford, however, several of his brothers are still active on the local scene.
Joe Prendergast - RIP:
Mickey Brennan: Mickey still lives in Strandhill County Sligo and regularly plays with several jazz groups around the Sligo area. In 2012, Mickey returned to the lineup Sligo's legendary Jazz Ladds which also features former showband stars Roddy Gillen and Padraic Potter. .  
Des Hopkins:   Unknown - if you have info please email us 
Arthur O'Neill:   Unknown - if you have info please email us 
Neil Gildea: In January, 2014, Shane Supple tells us that after the Victors Neil played for many years with different bands for a few years he played with Red Hurley. Neil is still playing music in and around his home of Ardara, Co. Donegal.  
Alan Carr: When he left the Victor's, he joined Brendan O'Brien and Joe Mac in their new band, Stage 2 around 1974. Alan left Stage 2 at the end of the 70's and emigrated to Canada and settled on the West Coast. A few years ago he relocated to Red Deer, Alberta, where he lives with his wife. He is still very active in music and now plays the North American "casino circuit" under the name Alan James. He has his own website at www.alan-james.com.
Jimmy Byrne: Shane Supple tells us (Jan 2014) that after the Victors Jimmy played with Just Four for several years then he played with Twos Company. Jimmy still plays music in his local area and is often seen in the pit at local productions in Kilkenny playing guitar for local shows. He plays in churches for weddings, confirmations etc in his local area. In recent years he was one of the main guitar technicians for Cort Guitars here in Ireland. He repairs guitars for many of the top players in the country today. He also plays with Art Supple and his band on a regular basis in and around Munster.
Martin Gildea:  We received an email from Shane Supple in January, 2014 telling us that after the Victors Martin played with many bands. He had his own band Rockabilly Rebel with his sister Valerie Gildea singing with them, he played with Roly Daniels for a few years and Glen Curtin, More recently he played with Jessie Conlon. Martin still works in the music scene in and around his home in Ardara Co Donegal. He is involved in local radio there Owenea FM and he also does a Kenny Rogers tribute show on the local music circuit. 

Back

 


© 2002-2015 GMS Productions

In Loving Memory of Grant Gallagher: Sept. 21, 1990 - Nov. 18, 2006