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Woodpeckers Photo Gallery (1959-)

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

The Story

The first mention of Dundalk's Woodpeckers Showbands we can find is in late 1959 when an advert appeared in the Dance Band section of the Irish Independent looking to fill dates in 1960. They first advertised themselves as the "Wonderful Woodpeckers," which was common back in the day for many bands (i.e., the "Mighty" Mainliners). Like so many bands, they started out playing relief to bigger showbands in and around Dundalk, but before long were playing up and down the east coast and by mid 1961, they were playing across the entire country.

In 1962, we have read in more recent articles that Gerry Foran (lead singer) left the band and took 3 other members with him to form the Paragon 7 Showband. We can find any articles in the papers from this time, so we will have to keep searching.   

Former manager Patrick Bellew passed away July 25th, 1999

More to come.....

Photo Gallery

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Years Vocals/Gtr Guitar Bass Drums Trombone Sax Trumpet
Dec
1959
Gerry
Foran
           
1962 Paragon 7            
Nov
1964
Colm
Wall
Shay
McEvoy
Robin
Hood
Brendan
Farrelly
Jerry
Duffy
Michael
McGoona
Kevin
Walker
Nov
1965
Don
Marne
Aidan
Halpin
Jerry
Mathis
Michael
Halpin
Jerry
Duffy
Michael
McGoona
Kevin
Walker
               
  Mickey
Connolly
           

Discography

Giggolette / Eileen (Don Marne)
Unknown Records - Unknown - November, 1965

Audio Clips

         
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