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Last, First Town County Instrument Bands
Bacon, John* Dublin Dublin Keyboards Dublin City Showband
Bagnell, Mick* Mullingar Westmeath Bass Sahara, Country Folk, Joe Dolan & the Drifters
Baldwin, Bobby Cork Cork Vocals Jimmy Honeyman Orchestra (then went to Rhodesia)
Ball, Kevin Dublin Dublin Guitar Freewheel
Ballagh, Bobby Dublin Dublin Bass Chessmen, The Light
Baker, Don     Harmonica/Vcls The Business
Baker, Vinny Mullingar Westmeath Guitar Firehouse Five, The Plainsmen, Real Country, The Times (died 20th July, 2013)
Bamber, Joe* Belfast Antrim Guitar Martells Showband
Bankhead, Mervyn     Drums Chestnuts
Bannigan, Brendan     Brass Las Vegas
Bannon, Gene* Cootehill Cavan Sax Millionaires, The Times
Bardon, Peter     Bass Greenbeats
Barnes, Marie     Vocals Diamonds Showband
Barr, Ronnie     Trumpet Flair Showband
Barrett, Austin Derry Derry Drums Moondogs
Barrett, Bill   Mayo Bass San Antones
Barrett, Jack     Accordion/Mgr Everglades Showband
Barrett, Noel Ballina Mayo Guitar Abilene Showband, Fairways (Noel sadly passed away)
Barrett, Oliver Middleton Cork Bass/Vocals Zodiacs, Breakaways, Maurice Mulcahy Orchestra, Oliver B & the Carltons
Barrett, Ronnie Middleton Cork Drums Breakaways
Barrett, Terry Cork Cork Guitar/bass Brose Walsh, Arcadians Showband, Thunderbeats, McFaddens' Roadshow
Barry, Gene Birr Offaly Vocals Midlanders Showband, Conquerors
Barry, Jim Dublin Dublin Vocals Memories (retired in 2004)
Barry, Larry     Trumpet Footappers Showband, Savoy Showband
Barry, Sean* Dublin Dublin Drums Dublin City Showband
Barton, Alan* Drogheda Louth Drums Cotton Mill Boys, Margo's Band, Geraldine Branigan (Johnny's son)
Barton, Dick Newry Down Guitar Big Four, Skyrockets
Barton, Johnny* Drogheda Louth Drums Dermot O'Brien's Clubmen, Tigermen (sadly passed away Apr 5, 2007)
Bates, Syd Belfast Antrim Bass Syd Bates Orchestra (Syd sadly passed away in March, 2008)
Battle, Wesley Dublin Dublin Bass Teenbeats
Bayle, Jack* Dublin Dublin Trombone Odeon Showband
Baynes, Brian Bray Wicklow Guitar Freshmen, Dazzle Band (emigrated to the States in 1980 with Cahir O'Doherty)
Beales, Ray     Guitar Trend Showband
Beattie, Armie     Keyboards Sparkle
Beattie, Harry Lisburn Antrim Guitar Capri Showband, Champs
Beattie, Jim* Belfast Antrim Bass Martells Showband
Beattie, John   Monaghan Keyboards Mainliners
Beatty, John Killarney Kerry Keyboards Killarney Swinging Jarveys
Beattie, Keith     Keyboards/Vcls New Blues, Red Hurley Band
Beattie, Tom*     Trumpet Hughie Trainor Band Show
Beck, Wilson*     Bass Margo & the Marvettes
Beckett, John*     Drums Trefor Owens Band, Northernaires
Beckett, Maurice*     Keyboards/Tpt Jimmy Johnston Showband
Beggs, Lovatt*     Vocals Cosmos Showband
Beggs, Sammy*     Accordion Leo McCaffrey & The Glensmen
Behan, Willie   Dublin Drums Gypsy Rock
Beirne, Leo Castlerea Roscommon Sax/clarinet Gerry Cahill Dance Band
Bell, Billy     Drums Sparkle
Bell, Colin*     Drums Bank Robber, Fresh Boogie Band
Bell, Crawford     Gtr/Trumpet California Brakemen
Bell, Derek* Belfast Antrim Harp Chieftains (Derek saadly passed away Oct 15, 2003)
Bell, Eric Belfast Antrim Guitar Them, Shades of Blue, Atlantics SB, Dreams, Deltones, Thin Lizzy, Eric Bell Band
Bella, Tommy     Guitar Jason
Belton, Mickey Galway Galway Drums Murphy and the Swallows, Magic Band
Benson, Christy Limerick Limerick Sax Paddy Benson Orchestra
Benson, Eddie Limerick Limerick Drums Paddy Benson Orchestra
Benson, Donal Swinford Mayo Vocals Fenians Ballad Group
Benson, Paddy Limerick Limerick Sax Paddy Benson Orchestra
Benson, Paddy Jr. Limerick Limerick Sax Paddy Benson Orchestra
Benson, Sammy Limerick Limerick Sax Paddy Benson Orchestra
Berkenheier, Ernie     Bass Pat Lynch and the Airchords (Ernie sadly passed away in July, 2004)
Bernard, Don Dublin Dublin Drums Shape 
Berney, Nuala Wexford Wexford Vocals Wexford
Bernie, Joe Castlebar Mayo Sax The Leaders, Swingtime Aces, Magic Band,
Berrill, Gene* Dundalk Louth Drums Cotton Mill Boys, Farmer's Sons, Nevada (passed away April 17, 2016)
Bible, Robert* Waterford Waterford Keyboards Tweed (Robert was killed in a car crash 24th April, 2011)
Bible, Val Waterford Waterford Guitar Decca Showband
Bible, Vic Waterford Waterford Bass Decca Showband
Bingham, Billy Belfast Antrim Guitar Presidents Showband, Clubsound
Bingham, Stuart     Guitar Candy, Lyttle People, College Boys, Sands, Sunshine
Birch, Bo* Belfast Antrim Vocals Grenadiers Showband (Bo sadly passed away a few years ago)
Bird, Oliver Bass Firehouse
Bissett, Norman Vocals Silhouettes Showband, Avonaires Showband (aka Terry Brennan) - Lesley Bissett
Bixenicks, Martin Birmingham England Keyboards Peggy's Leg
Black, Alan     Unknown Candy
Black, Gerry     Keyboards Ginger Morgan Band
Black, Gerry Bessbrook Armagh Vocals/Guitar Epic SB, Finnavons SB, Hilton SB, Lynchmen, The Seasons, Big Valley
Black, Karen* Dublin Dublin Vocals Roy Taylor, Karen Black & the Nevada, The Cubes
Blair, Tony     Keyboards Johnny Quigley All Stars
Blake, Hugh* Bangor Down Guitar Rhythm Kings
Blakney, Merv*     Bass Hughie Trainor Band Show
Bleakley, Ricky Enniskillen   Drums Eagle, Sneaky Pete, Lyttle People (spelling Blaikley?)
Bleakley, Bill Belfast Antrim Bass Matadors (our thanks to Owen Bleakley)
Bleakney, Merv     Guitar Canvas Wagon
Blennerhassett,James Sligo Sligo Bass Kim Newport Band, Hennigan Blooze Band, Frances Black, Mary Black
Boardmen, Pete     Guitar Sparkle
Bogan, Tony     Drums Miami Showband (left the stage in Sept, 1971 to manage bands)
Boggins, Alistair     Guitar Sheeba
Boggins, Perky Clondalkin Dublin Guitar Red Hurley Band, Dreams
Boland, Buddy* Bray Wicklow Guitar Uptown Band, Collegemen, Cotton Mill Boys, Buckshot (d. 10 March, 2012)
Boland, Greg     Guitar Bumper to Bumper
Boland, Tony Dublin Dublin Guitar Heir
Bolger, Brian Gorey Wexford Guitar Emmett Spiceland
Bolger, Mark Dublin Dublin Vocals The In-Sect (Gus O'Reilly tells us Mark sadly passed away)
Bolton, Bob* Dublin Dublin Bass Some People, Uptown Band, Swarbriggs, Stepaside, Stellas, Chosen Few, Negatives
Bolton, Pat Dublin Dublin Drums Voodoos, Danny & The Lions
Bonass, Brenny Dublin Dublin Guitar Stepaside
Bond, Jimmy     Guitar/trumpet Memphis Showband
Bonner, Matthew*     Bass Mighty Avons. American Pie
Bonner, Bill   Derry Sax Barristers Showband
Bonner, Jack   Derry Trumpet Barristers Showband
Bonner, Joe   Derry Bass Barristers Showband
Booth, Tim*   Kildare   Dr. Strangely Strange
Booton, Derek     Drum Debonaires
Bourgoyne, Johnny Newcastle Down Keys/Vcls Maurice Lynch, Red Sunbeam, Pat Campbell (to Canada '68-d.9-6-11)
Bourke, Ciaran Dublin Dublin Whistle Dubliners (sadly passed away May 10th, 1988)
Bourke, Frankie Limerick Limerick Drums Donie Collins Band, Maurice Mulcahy, Jack Glynn, Arcadians (Philip Bourke)
Bourke, Jeff* Urlingford Kilkenny Drums Tweed, Kenny Ryder Band (sadly passed away in Nov. 2006)
Bourke, Tom Castlebar Mayo Trumpet Fugitives, Brendan Bowyer & the Big 8
Bowers, Danny* Belfast Antrim Guitar Martells Showband
Bowers, Paddy* Belfast Antrim Sax Martells Showband
Bowler, Dennis Glenbeigh Kerry Vocals/Fiddle Sun Valley Boys
Bowles, Billy* Tampa Florida,USA Sax/Clarinet Crickets Showband
Bowman, Dennis   Waterford? Trumpet Royal Aces Showband
Bowyer, Brendan Waterford   Vocals Royal Showband, Big 8,
Boyce, Trevor     Bass Sparkle
Boyd, Billy Ballymena Antrim Bass Gentry, Orange Machine
Boyd, Carson*     Drums Margo & The Marvettes (emigrated to Australia in 1971)
Boyd, Morris* Larne Antrim Vocals Cosmos Showband, Coasters Showband
Boylan, Frank Dublin Dublin Bass Hootenannys, Mellow Candle, Gary Moore Band, Chips
Boyle, Aidan Derry Derry Guitar Statesiders Showband, Tahiti Showband (emigrated to the UK)
Boyle, Condy     Sax Keynotes Showband
Boyle, Gerry Portnoo Donegal Vocals/Gtr Southern Express (Gerry sadly passed away-Paddy Gallagher)
Boyle, Paddy Kingscourt Cavan Vocals Silver Pennies
Boyst, Trevor Bangor Antrim Bass Real McCoy
Bradley, Andy* Ballinderry Derry Sax Atlantis Showband, Dawn Knight and the Casuals
Bradley, Brendan   Clare Drums Grassroots
Bradley, Gerry     Sax Tony & The Graduates
Bradley, Irene Dublin Dublin Vocals Jim Bacon Orchestra
Bradley, Jim* Derry Derry Keyboards Brian Coll & The Buckaroos
Bradley, Paul*     Guitar Fresh Boogie Band
Bradley, Stewart Derry Derry Keyboards SOS, Friends, Boys n Girls, Lyttle People, Flint, Rob Strong Band
Brady, Al     Guitar Cyclones Showband
Brady, Bill     Unknown Everglades Showband
Brady, George Dublin Dublin Drums Heir
Brady, Johnny Claremorris Mayo Accordion Johnny Brady Dance Band
Brady, Kevin* Dublin Dublin Drums Jim Farley Band Show, The Spotlights, Caroline Showband
Brady, Liam     Guitar Cyclones Showband
Brady, Mickey* Cavan Cavan Guitar Mighty Avons
Brady, Noel     Vocals Indians (a.k.a. Big Chief Flaming Star)
Brady, Noel Gort Galway Vocals Fiddler's Green
Brady, Patrick   Dublin Guitar Cromwell
Brady, Paul Strabane Tyrone Vocals/Guitar Kult, Johnstons, Planxty, Solo artist
Brady, Peter Dublin Dublin Trumpet George Duffy Orchestra
Brady, Peter     Drums Casino Showband
Brady, Terry*     Drums Chessmen
Braiden, Pat Clones Monaghan Vocals Kings Showband
Branagh, Marie* Belfast Antrim Vocals Senators Showband, Harlequins Showband (Now Marie Morris)
Branigan, Martin Castleblaney Monaghan Drums Granny's Intentions, Freedom, Green County, Miami, Big 8, Sheeba, Red Hurley Band
Brannigan, Declan Clontarf Dublin Guitar The Brannigan Band
Brannigan, Donal Clontarf Dublin Bass The Brannigan Band
Brannigan, Geraldine Clontarf Dublin Vocals Brannigans
Brauders, John Joe* Arklow Wicklow Drums Spotlights Showband
Brazel, Gay Piltown Kilkenny Guitar Voxenaires, Real McCoy, Cowboys, Tweed
Bratten, Harold Armagh Armagh Guitar Arabs, Majestic, Grafton and Bluebells Showbands (now in Toronto)
Breadon, Pat*       Dixonaires
Bree, Declan Sligo Sligo Unknown Times (Sligo) Showband
Breen, Brendan     Accordion Gallowglass Ceili Band
Breen, Jimmy     Vocals Casino Showband
Brennan, Billy Kilkenny Kilkenny Guitar Laredo Showband
Brennan, Felix Belfast Antrim Bass The Circle (emigrated to London)
Brennan, Frankie Tubbercurry Sligo Guitar Clefonaires Showband, Montrose (Frankie sadly passed away in Oct., 2003)
Brennan, James Balbriggan Dublin Drums Royal Flush
Brennan, John     Bass Dave Prim Band
Brennan, Johnny*       Cowboys
Brennan, Leo* Gweedore Donegal Accordion/Sax Slieve Foy Showband
Brennan, Mickey Sligo Sligo Trombone Clefonaires Showband, Jack Ruane Showband, Victors
Brennan, Nicky* Navan   Steel Guitar Cotton Mill Boys
Brennan, Robbie Dublin Dublin Drums Rootzgroop, Chosen Few, Good Tymes, Skid Row, Stepaside, Hud
Breslin, Norman     Vocals? Big Country
Bridgeman, Noel Dublin Dublin Drums Skid Row, Plattermen, Waterboys
Brien, Johnny   Cork Unknown Regal Showband
Brierley, Jack Cork Cork   Regal Showband, Jack Brierley Showband
Brogan, Charlie     Bass Leo McCaffrey & The Glensmen
Brogan, Eamon* Donegal Donegal Keyboards Envoys Showband
Brogan, Shay* Dunloy Antrim Bass Walter Lewis Enterprise Showband (emigrated to England)
Brogan, Willie   Galway Trombone Bandits Showband, Paramount Showband
Brooks, Leslie* Belfast Antrim Trumpet Oceans Showband
Brophy, Brendan* Dublin Dublin Trombone Transit Showband
Brophy, Jack*     Trumpet Johnny McMahon Orchestra
Brophy, Joe*     Sax Johnny McMahon Orchestra
Brosnan, Billy Limerick Limerick Guitar College Showband, Wee Four Showband, Ambassador 7 Showband
Brough, Louis*     Sax Des Furlong Showband
Brown, Alan Dublin Dublin Bass Mushroom
Brown, Alex* Larne Antrim Bass/Banjo/Sax Regent Showband, High Seas Showband (Billy's cousin)
Brown, Billy Ballymena Antrim Keyboards Billy McFarland Band, Freshmen, Brown & O'Brien, Billy Brown Band (d. 1999)
Brown, Frankie* Derry Derry   Beaumont 7 Showband
Brown, Garrett     Bass Medium Wave Band
Brown, George     Guitar Clouds
Brown, Gerry Larne Antrim Bass Springfield
Brown, Jen*       Crescent Showband
Brown, Johnny Dublin Dublin Bass Magazine, Airchords, Wheels, Billy Brown Band, Real McCoy
Browne, James Kiltimagh Mayo   Pete Browne's Band of Renown, Sundowners (died 2002)
Browne, Joe Limerick Limerick Vocals/Guitar Empire Showband, Santa Fe Showband, Berwyn Showband, Billy Conway Band
Browne, John Limerick Limerick Bass Empire Showband, Berwyn Showband, Ohio Showband
Browne, Pete Kiltimagh Mayo   Pete Browne's Band of Renown, Sundowners (died Dec, 2001)
Brown, Robbie* Derry Derry Trumpet Esquires Showband, Lakewood Swingtette (Dana's father)
Brown, Willie Limerick Limerick Guitar Berwyn Showband, Empire Showband,  Billy Conway Band , Reform
Bryan, Mike     Guitar Classic Showband, Agents Showband, Fairways (passed way 4/25/70)
Buckley, Billy     Bass Ivy Folk
Buckley, Ritchie     Sax New Blues, Saw Doctors, Mary Coughlan Band
Bulfin, John   Waterford? Sax Royal Aces Showband
Burgess, Eddie Cobh Cork Vocals Eddie and the Cruisers
Burgoyne, Billy     Drums Ray Lynam and the Hillbillies
Burgoyne, Louis   Galway Drums Conquerors, Brendan Shine Band
Burke, Gabriel* Mullingar Westmeath Guitar Dinny Hughes Showband
Burke, Declan* Limerick Limerick Guitar Parkway Orchestra, Billy Conway Showband, Persuasion
Burke, Derek Cork Cork Guitar Harmony Sound, Fantasy, Rio
Burke, Dominic Valentia Island Kerry Unknown Dragoons
Burke, Esler Larne Antrim Vocals Springfield, Mary Lou & Harvest
Burke, Frank*   Dublin Drums Rooster, Vienna Showband
Burke, Gordon* Larne Antrim Accordion Regent Showband
Burke, Johnny     Bass? California Brakemen
Burke, Luke     Trumpet Hilton Showband
Burke, Marie   Kildare Drums Luv Bug
Burke, Maurice Tralee Kerry Drums Kingdom Showband
Burke, Ronnie     Drums Des Fretwell Orchestra
Burke-Scanlon, Mary     Keyboards Paddy Benson Orchestra
Burke, Sean Castlebar Mayo Drums Pat Friel's Showband
Burke, Tony Cork Cork Vocals/Gtr Chapter Five
Burns, Adam*     Vocals The System
Burns, Alex*     Guitar Witnesses Showband
Burns, Billy Belfast Antrim Guitar Teddie Palmer & The Rumble Band, Confederates (deceased)
Burns, Harry* Bangor Down Drums Rhythm Kings, Fresh Boogie Band, Belfast Blues band
Burns, Mike Strandhill Sligo Trumpet Caroline Showband, Clefonaires, Johnny Quigley Band (brother of Stan)
Burns, Paddy     Trumpet Melochords Showband, Cadets, Sun Valley Boys
Burns, Stan Strandhill Sligo Sax Capitol Showband, Jack Ruane Showband
Burns, Trevor*     Guitar Margo & the Marvettes, Nitelife
Burnside, Eddie Sligo Sligo Drums Savoy Swing Seven
Burnside, Pat Sligo Sligo Guitar Savoy Swing Seven (Eddie's brother)
Burroughs, Harry Birmingham England Sax Caroline Showband
Busher, Jimmy   Wexford Drums The Travelers Showband
Butler, Paul Dublin Dublin Vocals The Deep Set
Butler, Pearse Dublin Dublin Drums Duffie, Butler Dempsey band
Butterfield, Roy     Guitar Country Folk
Byrne, Billy* Kilcock Kildare Guitar Imperial Imps Showband, Altonaires (passed away 3-Aug-09-Conor Byrne)
Byrne, Billy Carrick-On-Suir Tipperary Trumpet Voxenaires, Cowboys, Jim Farley, Mick Delahunty, Maurice Mulcahy bands
Byrne, Brian   England Vocals Emmett Spiceland
Byrne, Cartha*     Vocals Swinging Viscounts Showband
Byrne, Chris Dublin Dublin Vocals Charlie Nutty Orchestra
Byrne, Dermot Arklow Wicklow Drums Daddy Cool & The Lollipops, Brendan Kennedy, Footloose
Byrne, Don     Bass Cyclones Showband
Byrne, Eamonn     Guitar Poteen (Maria Dowdall tells us Eamonn sadly passed away)
Byrne, Eamonn Rathgar Dublin Drums Flint (sadly passed away Oct 24, 2011)
Byrne, Eugene     Vocals Blarney Folk (emigrated to USA)
Byrne, Fran*   Dublin Drums Some People,Creatures, Sands Showband, Tony Kenny Band, Bees Make Honey
Byrne, Georgie*     Drums Columbia Showband
Byrne, Jimmy* Castlecomer   Guitar Rhythm Kings, Art Supple & The Victors
Byrne, Karen Belfast Antrim Vocals Soul Foundation
Byrne, Liam Dublin Dublin Sax Niagra Showband, Mustangs Showband
Byrne, Louis Dublin Dublin Tenor sax/violin Mick Cummins Orchestra, Pete Stuart Orchestra
Byrne, Martin Dublin Dublin Bass Fire Brigade, Clouds
Byrne, Michael   England Vocals Emmett Spiceland
Byrne, Niall   Dublin Guitar Some People
Byrne, Noel     Drums Crackaways, Conquerors
Byrne, Noel*     Guitar Avonairs Showband
Byrne, Paddy     Keyboards Linemen
Byrne, Paddy Graigeumanagh Kilkenny Trumpet Mick Delahunty Jr Band, Odeon Showband, Cadets, Maurice Mulcahy
Byrne, Pauline     Vocals Coterie Folk
Byrne, P.J. Drumcondra Dublin Sax/Accord Derby Showband
Byrne, Sean   Donegal Guitar Northern LIghts
Byrne, T.J.*       Royal Showband (went on to management)
Byrne, Tommy* Dublin Dublin Trumpet Chimes Showband
Byrne, Vaughn*   Antrim Bass Frankie & The Echoes, Jimmy Johnston Showband, Federals Showband
Byrne, Vincent   Waterford? Trombone Royal Aces Showband

*Our thanks to Jimmy Compton, Brian O'Brien, Brian "Shorty" O'Kane, Danny McLaughlin, Martin Flynn, Andy Monk, Joe Dodd, Peter Kinsey, Teddie Palmer, Patrick Hoye, Karl Compton, Dessie Lennox, Alec Clince, Michael Niblett, Declan Colgan, Mike McVicker, Mick Gilligan, Ron Francis, Paul Welch, John McGrenra, Alan Carr, Dickie Donnelly, Alan White, Glen Brown, John Doohan, Alan Jones, Alec Cowan, Dave Hynes, Ernie Corrigan, Trevor Burns, Trefor Owens, Jim Clark, Brian O'Neill, John Baird, Seanie Ryan, Thomas Harrington, Jakub Sawicki, Peter Brady, James Meredith, Joe Gillespie, Dennis Osborne, Robert Magee, John Fennessy, Elaine Allen, Paddy Brennan's "Golden Era of Irish Showbands," & Eugene Nixon's "He's Not Working...He's in a Band" for their assistance with many of the names on this list.


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