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Brian "Shorty" O'Kane's Photo Collection

Belfast born Brian "Shorty" O'Kane started his "showband" career when his group, Dirtywork, was drafted as Tony Kenny's band in 1978. In 1980, after a brief spell with The Lovers, he  joined Daddy Cool & The Lollipops. In 1982, Brian and two other members left to form The TopCats, (later The Strangers). In 1983, he returned to Belfast and formed Shorty & The Heartbeats. In 1986 this band spawned The Chevys, who are still one of the top bands in the North. In 1991 he folded the Heartbeats and joined The Chevys as sound engineer, where he stayed for 12 years. In 2004, he reformed The Heartbeats, now called The Naked Flames. We thanks him for contributing his photos to the website and to find more about Brian, please click here.

Click on a photo to see a full size image. 45 Photos so far!

60'S SHOWBANDS
Maisie McDaniels & The Fendermen

Kelly & The Nevada Showband

Batchelors Jets Showband Delta All Stars
Clipper Carlton Embassy Showband Odeon Showband Presidents Showband Johnny Flynn Showband
 
Johnny Flynn Showband Drifters Showband Casino Showband Foyle Showband Coming Soon
COUNTRY AND WESTERN BANDS
   
Mary Duff - 1990's The Indians - 1990's Sandy Kelly - 1990's Coming Soon Coming Soon
POP BANDS

The Topcats - 1982

Rob Strong & Las Vegas Sunshine Shorty & The Heartbeats
- 1986
Tony Kenny Band - 1979
Daddy Cool & The Lollipops - 1981 Shorty & the Heartbeats with Rosie - 1988 Daddy Cool & The Lollipops - 1981 Tony Kenny Live - 1979 Des Lee, Julie & Starband
Sands Tony Kenny Band Tony Kenny Band Chevys - 1987 Chevys - 1990

 
Conquerors - 1990's Tweed - 1990's Who's Eddie? GB band Coming Soon
ROCK & FOLK BANDS

Horslips Dirtywork - 1976 Dirtywork - 1977 Bogey Boys Zenith

 

Barleycorn Katmandu Bagatelle - 1990's Dodgers Coming Soon

 


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