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Woodchoppers Showband Story (1963-1966)

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

The Story

(Our thanks to Pat Crossan for information)

Although we have been able to discover the band went on the road in early 1963 and was disbanded in September, 1966, we have been able to find little else about the Woodchopper's history. We know that Bill "Willie" Bradley was the leader and sax player and that he joined the renamed Bankers Showband (formerly the Barristers) in late 1966. We also know that when the Bankers disbanded two years later, Bill mentioned getting the Woodchoppers back together but this apparently never happened.

We have been able to cobble together quite a few names of the of the band's line-ups, but are unsure of when they joined and left the group. We understand that lead singer Dickie McManus left the band in 1965 and was replaced by Frankie Molloy (or possibly Johnny Patterson). Dickie then emigrated to the United States and sadly passed away in Boston in 2003.

They also released at least one single, Walk On Boy with Close Your Eyes in 1965, we think after Frankie Molloy joined the band. We have also found online information that Jim Toland, Johnny Patterson, Tommy Wright and Joe McCool have all sadly passed away.

More to come.....

Photo Gallery

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Woodchoppers - 1965 Woodchoppers - 1965 Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon
Years Vocals Guitar Trpt/Bass Drums Guitar Sax Vocals Sax
1963 Dickie
McManus
Jim
Toland
Noel (trpt)
Lindsay
Bill
Mellon
Tom
Halferty
Bill (Willie)
Bradley
Joe
McCool
Tommy
Wrightx
1963 Dickie
McManus
Jim
Toland
Noel (trpt)
Lindsay
Mickey
McFadden
Tom
Halferty
Bill (Willie)
Bradley
Joe
McCool
Tommy
Wrightx
1963 Dickie
McManus
Jim
Toland
Roy
Arbuckle
Jack
Molloy
Pat
McCrossan
Bill (Willie)
Bradley
Joe
McCool
Tommy
Wrightx
1963 Dickie
McManus
Jim
Toland
Roy
Arbuckle
Jack
Molloy
Pat
McCrossan
Bill (Willie)
Bradley
Joe
McCool
Tommy
Wright
1965 Frankie
Mooney
Jim
Toland
Roy
Arbuckle
Jack
Molloy
Pat
McCrossan
Bill (Willie)
Bradley
Joe
McCool
Tommy
Wright
1965 Johnny
Patterson
Jim
Toland
Roy
Arbuckle
Jack
Molloy
Pat
McCrossan
Bill (Willie)
Bradley
Joe
McCool
Tommy
Wright
Other
Mems
               
                 

Discography

Walk On Boy / Close Your Eyes
Rex Records - R.11019 - 1965

Audio Clips

         
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