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Musicians Directory: In Memory

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It is a sad fact that we are all getting older far too quickly. Since the Showband Era started over 55 years ago, the musicians who made up it's ranks are all advancing in age. Even someone who was 20 in 1985 as the era ended is approaching 50, with the elders of the era pushing 80!

We take this opportunity to pay tribute to the many stars on whom the curtain has come down all too soon. Where possible we try to give details of the musician's passing and their career in bands. This listing is by no means complete and only includes those musicians for which we have received notification of their passing and have done our best, in all cases, to double check the accuracy of the info we have received.    

If you would like pay tribute to someone by adding them to this list, click here to let us know. We are trying to get photos of all the musicians listed here. Please let us know if you have one, we especially would like photos from the showband era.

Photo Last, First Home Town Instrument(s) Bands
Abbott,
Roy
  Guitar Interns
(sadly passed away 31st August, 2013)
Ainscough,
Peter*
Clondalkin,
Co. Dublin
Drums Express Showband, Everglades Showband, Louis Stewart Trio
(passed away October 23, 2004)
Allen, 
Merv
Larne,
Co. Antrim
Vocals High Seas Showband, Jimmy Johnston Band, Clipper Carlton,
Students SB
(Elaine Allen, Merv's daughter, wrote to tell us merv sadly passed
away on the 11th May, 2010, He was 72 years old.)
Andrews,
Hugo
Belfast,
Co. Antrim
Sax Cousins, Sparkle, Flames, Rumble Band, Big Soul Band
(Hugo sadly passed away 20th April, 2016)
 
Ashford,
Paul
Dublin,
Co. Dublin
Bass Miami, Stepaside, Dazzle Band, Emmet Spiceland 
(Paul sadly passed away 10th January, 2011)
Paul joined the Miami in August 1967, when the band split to form the
the Sands. In 1973 he went to study at the Berklee School of Music
in Boston. Upon his return, he rejoined the Irish scene with Stepaside.
Paul become a top session musician and fronted his own Paul Ashford
Band up until the time of his death in 2011.
Aylward,
Jim
Carrick On Suir,
Co. Tipperary
Bass Voxenaires, Cowboys
(Jim sadly passed away March 6, 1991)
Baker,
Vinnie
Mullingar,
Co. Westmeath
Guitar Firehouse Five, The Plainsmen, Real Country, The Times
(Vinny passed away suddenly on the 20th July, 2013)
In 1982, Vinny quit the business but got back into playing when he
started teaching his son. Vinny was soon the owner of a new recording
studio. He released his first solo album, 'So', in 2003 and he continued
to play and record regularly with the Tennessee Country Breakdown
Band, along with other groups throughout the Midlands and across the
country until his death. Our sympathies are extended to his family and
friends.
 
Barrett,
Noel
Ballina,
Co. Mayo
Guitar Abilene Showband, Fairways
(Noel sadly passed away)
Barton,
Johnny
Drogheda,
Co. Louth
Drums Dermot O'Brien's Clubmen, Tigermen
(Johnny sadly passed away Apr 5, 2007 - Liam Reilly)
Johnny started his career with the Flying Carlton in Drogheda ,
joining Dermot O'Brien's Clubmen in 1963. The band and Dermot
parted company for a few years with Johnny , Eamonn Campbell,
Timmy Regan and Willie Healy forming the Tigermen. They
rejoined Dermot a couple of years later and Johnny and the late
Derek McCormack remained with Dermot as the Dermot O'Brien
Trio until Dermot moved to the USA - Liam Reilly
Bates,
Syd
  Bass Syd Bates Orchestra
(Syd sadly passed away on March 9, 2008 - from his son, Jim and
daughter, Jill. He was 86)
Syd emigrated to New Zealand in 1985, but returned to Ireland in
2006 at the age of 84
Berkenheier,
Ernie
Rathfarnham,
Co. Dublin
Bass Pat Lynch and the Airchords
(Ernie sadly passed away in July, 2004)
Berrill,
Gene "Geno"
Dundalk,
Co. Louth
Drums Cotton Mill Boys, Farmer's Sons, Nevada
(Geno sadly passed away on the 17th April, 2016 after a long battle
with cancer.)
Bible,
Robert
Waterford,
Co. Waterford
Keyboards Tweed
(Robert's cousin, Katie Measham, wrote to tell us that he was
tragically killed in a car crash on Easter Sunday night, 24th April,
2011)
Birch,
Bo*
Belfast,
Co. Antrim
Vocals Grenadiers Showband
(Bo's daughter Jacqueline wrote us to let us know that
Bo sadly passed away on November 5th, 1996)
Bogle,
Martin
  Manager Memories
(sadly passed away in August 1995 - Ken Bogle)
Bourgoyne,
Johnny
(aka Stewart
Neill)
Newcastle,
Co. Down
Keyboards Maurice Lynch Band, Red Sunbeams Showband, Pat Campbell
Showband

(Johnny sadly passed away 9th June, 2011 - Owen Neill, son)
Johnny emigrated to Canada around 1968 where we think he stayed
until his death the day before his 72nd birthday in Edmonton, Canada.
Bourke,
Jeff
Urlingford,
Co. Tipperary
Drums Tweed, Kenny Ryder Band
(Jeff sadly passed away in Nov., 2006)

 
Boyle,
Gerry
Portnoo
Co. Donegal
Guitar/Vocals Southern Express
(Gerry sadly passed away in November 2009 - Paddy Gallagher)
Gerry started his career playing guitar in Silver Wings which featured
Benny Quinn who fronted the Keynotes after Margo. Then in the mid
eighties he formed Southern Express. After a kidney transplant around
1990 but was back on the road in a few months again. He continued to
play and record up until his death at the young age of 54. 
Brennan,
Frankie
Tubbercurry,
Co. Sligo
Guitar Clefonaires Showband, Montrose
(Frankie sadly passed away in Oct., 2003)

He was a guitar player and singer with the Clefonaires Showband
for some years and later joined the Montrose
Showband that featured in the Showband Show on RTE
Brown,
Billy
Ballymena,
Co. Antrim
Keyboards Billy McFarland, Freshmen, Brown & O'Brien, Billy Brown Band
(passed away in 1999)
Billy was one of the true pioneers of pop music in Ireland, guiding
the Freshmen in the late 60's when Irish pop was still very much
a part of the showband scene in the ballrooms and dancehalls.
Their album, Peace On Earth, still stands as one of the best Irish
pop records ever made. Billy went on to become one of Ireland's
top song writers and record producers before his untimely
death.
Browne,
James
Kiltimagh,
Co. Mayo
  Pete Browne's Band of Renown, Sundowners
(passed away in 2002)
Browne,
Pete
Kiltimagh,
Co. Mayo
  Pete Browne's Band of Renown, Sundowners
(passed away on November 15, 2001)
Bryan,
Mike
  Guitar Classic Showband, Agents Showband, Fairways, Blue Boys
(Mike sadly passed way April 25, 1970)
Burns,
Billy
Belfast,
Co. Antrim
Guitar Teddie Palmer Trend, Teddie Palmer & The Rumble Band,
Confederates
(emigrated to Canada with Muriel Day, but returned and sadly
passed away a few years later).
Burns,
Paddy
Dublin,
Co. Dublin
Manager Indians, The Big Time
(Paddy sadly passed away August 14, 2011 aged 79)
Byrne,
Billy
Kilcock,
Co. Kildare
Guitar Imperial Imps Showband, Altonaires
(Billy sadly passed away on 3rd August, 2009 at the age of 64
after a short illness - from his son, Conor).
Byrne,
Eamonn
  Guitar Poteen
(Maria Dowdall writes to tell us Eamonn sadly passed away.)
Byrne,
Eamonn
Rathgar,
Co. Dublin
Drums Flint
(Eamonn sadly passed away on October 24, 2011. )
Byrne,
Sean
Strandhill,
Co. Sligo
Manager Silver Slipper Ballroom/Baymount Hotel, Strandhill Co. Sligo
(Sean sadly passed away after a short illness on 11th April, 2016 )
Sean built the Silver Slipper Ballroom onto his Baymount Hotel in
early 1960, opening the door on the 22nd of April. For the next thirty
years, the ballroom was the hub of entertainment and dancing in
Sligo and across much of the Northwest. It was eventually torn down
and replaced with apartments, but never forgotten
Cahill,
Gerry
Caherlistrane,
Co. Galway
Accordion Gerry Cahill Dance Band
(Gerrypassed away 31st Oct, 2011 - Deirdre Hurney, his daughter)

Gerry was born in Caherlistrane and started playing music from the age
of eight. In the early fifties he moved to Galway to work, and also to
continue his musical career. He played on Radio Éireann for the first
time around then on a very popular programme called Beginners
Please. In 1954 he got together with a group of talented musicians and
formed a band which was known as The Gerry Cahill Dance Band. After
he gave up the dance band Gerry turned to cabaret for a time, and
recorded a solo LP for the Glenside label.
Cahill,
Joe
  Manager Paragon Seven Showband
(sadly passed away in 2000)
Cahill,
Micky
Waterford,
Co. Waterford
Drums Derek Joys Showband
(passed away March 16, 2002)
Cahill,
Theo
Cork,
Co. Cork
Sax/Clarinet Dixielanders, Dixies Showband
(passed away July 24, 1988)
Theo, a founding member of the Dixies, who formed the band
with Joe McCarthy and Sean Lucey in 1954 was with the band
through its entire career. He tragically passed away after
collapsing during a gig in Achill, Co. Mayo.
Callaghan,
Colm*
  Drums Marines Showband
(Colm sadly passed away)
Campbell,
Eamon
Drogheda,
Co. Louth
Guitar/Vocals Delta Showband, Bee Vee's Five, Clubmen, Tigermen, Dubliners
(sadly passed away on October 16th, 2017).
Eamonn started his career with the Delta Showband and went on to
join Dermot O'Brien's Clubmen eventually becoming one of the top session musicians in Ireland. He became a well known producer and produced the Dubliner's 1987 album 25 Years Celebration and continued
to be a mainstay of the group's lineup until his death at the age of 70
after a short illness.
Campbell,
Eddie*
  Guitar/Vocals Federals, Stellas, Greenbeats, Real McCoy
(passed away in the 70's in Canada)
Campbell,
Joe*
Belfast,
Antrim
Trumpet/Drums Presidents Showband, College Boys
(Joe sadly passed away in 1990 - our thanks to his daughter Ciara
 for the information)
Campbell,
Mick
  Trumpet Maurice Mulcahy Orchestra
(Mick sadly passed away July 31, 1992 - John Campbell)
Campbell,
Pat*
Tydavnet,
Co. Monaghan
Trombone Pat Campbell Showband, Manager - Dawn Knight & the Casuals
(Pat sadly passed away in late April, 2006)
Campbell,
Wilgar
Belfast,
Co. Antrim
Drums The Method, Andwella's Dream, Taste
(Wilgar sadly passed away in late April, 2006)
Wilgar first joined Belfast band The Method which relocated to London in 1968.
He then joined Taste in 1970. After leaving Taste, he played with Terraplane, and
then formed The Wildcats. In 1976 he joined the 1950s-style rock and roll band
Yakety Yak, and in 1981 members of Yakety Yak formed the Dragons, who
changed their name to Sonny King & the Sons of Swing in 1982. Wilgar sadly died
on October 1, 1989 after suffering from alcohol-related illnesses.
Canning,
Aidan

Co. Mayo
Trombone Savoy Swing Seven, Jack Ruane Showband
(passed away June 26, 1992)
Cantillan,
Joe
Limerick
Co. Limerick
Sax Berwyn Showband
(Brendan O'Loughlin wrote and told us Joe sadly passed away on
June 4, 2007)

Carroll,
Bert
  Drums Altonaires Showband
(Clare Byrne, Robert's grand daughter wrote to tell us he sadly
died of a heart attch in 1983. )
 
Carlin,
Hugo
Derry,
Co. Derry
Bass The Trend (Derry)
(Hugo sadly passed away on the 29th of July, 2016)

Carroll,
Doc
Ballinrobe,
Co. Mayo
Vocals Band of Renown, Royal Blues, Nightrunners
(Doc sadly passed away on May 1, 2005 at the age of 64)
Born in Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, Doc came to prominence in Pete
Brown's Band of Renown and later with the Royal Blues and his own
band, the Nightrunners. Doc was still performing when he fell ill
early in 2005. He died on Sunday, May 1 and was buried in Athlone,
where he lived at the time of his death.
Carson,
Billy*
  Bass Swingtime Aces, Gerry & The Ohio
(sadly passed away Sept, 2002)
Carwood,
Mick
  Keyboards The Others
(Mick passed away in 2002)
Casey,
Johnny
  Keyboards Mick Fogarty Showband
(Johnny sadly passed away - John Fennessy)
Chambers,
Tony
Newport,
Co. Mayo
Sax/band
leader
Tony Chambers Orchestra
(Tony sadly passed away)

Clancy,
Bobby
Carrick-On-Suir,
Co. Tipperary
Vocals Clancy Brothers
(Bobby sadly passed away September 6, 2002)

Clancy,
Liam
Carrick-On-Suir,
Co. Tipperary
Guitar/Vocals Clancy Brothers, Makem & Clancy, Solo
(Liam sadly passed away Dec. 4, 2009)

Clancy,
Paddy
Carrick-On-Suir,
Co. Tipperary
Vocals Clancy Brothers
(Paddy sadly passed away November 11, 1998)

Clancy,
Tom
Carrick-On-Suir,
Co. Tipperary
Vocals Clancy Brothers
(Tom sadly passed away May, 1990)

Clarke,
Bobby
Mullingar,
Co. Westmeath
Trumpet Classic, Blue Boys, Agents, Fairways, 2nd Sound
(Bobby sadly passed away in Dublin on January 14, 2010
(www.rip.ie)
 

Clarke,
Joe*
  Drums Witnesses Showband, Dave Glover Band
(Joe emigrated to Canada where he sadly passed
away in February, 2003 - Mike Arkins)
Cleary,
Jimmy
Inchicore,
Co. Dublin
Vocals Blue Clavons, Melochords
(Jimmy's son Mark wrote us to say his Father sadly passed away
on September 28th, 2007 at the age of 72)
Cleary,
Johnny
Rhonda Valley,
Wales
Guitar Jack Ruane Showband
(Noel O'Neill wrote to tell us Johnny sadly passed away)
Cleary,
Pat
Edenderry,
Co. Offaly
Keyboards Agents Showband, Fairways, Blue Boys
(Joan McGuire wrote to tell us that Pat sadly passed away on the
16th of October, 2009)
Clifford,
Brendan
  Sax Dave Dixon Orchestra, Blue Notes
(Brendan sadly passed away 17th March, 2012)
Clifford,
Norman
  Keyboards Miami, Lola and the Gypsies, Big 8
(Norman sadly passed away 13th January, 2013 - Ray Clifford)
Norman started his career with the Imperial Imps when he was only 14.
He then went on to help form Lola and the Gypsies with Anne Mooney.
After a stint with the reformed Miami, Norman joined the Big 8 and went
to Las Vegas. Like several of his band mates, Norman stayed in Vegas
and was performing in many of the casinos around the city. 
Clince,
Nancy
Dublin,
Co. Dublin
Keyboards Johnny Butler Orchestra, Kevin Doherty Band, Johnny Weir
(Nancy's son, Alec, sent us an email to tell us she sadly passed
away on March 16, 2010 after a short illness. Nancy was 87 years
old.)
After playing with the showbands in the early days, Nancy
became a music teacher.
Close,
Dick
  Bass Cossacks Showband Founder
(sadly passed away in 1998)
Cole,
Phil
Dublin,
Co. Dublin
Sax Crickets Showband
(Thomas Harrington wrote to tell us that Phil sadly passed away
a few years ago and we thank Thomas for the photo)
Coll,
Christy*
Mullingar,
Co. Westmeath
Guitar Classic Showband
(Patrick Hoye wrote to tell us that Christy sadly passed away in
early April, 2006)
Colley,
Harry*
Dublin,
Co. Dublin
Guitar Farmer's Sons, Mushroom
(sadly passed away)
Collins,
Donie
Askeaton,
Co. Limerick
Clarinet/Trmpt Donie Collins Band
(Donie sadly passed away in 1987)
Condon,
Tony*
Waterford Trumpet Blue Aces Showband
(Tony sadly passed away)
Connolly,
St John
Clontarf,
Co. Dublin
Guitar Greenbeats, Aesop's Fables, Colm Wilkinson Band
(St John sadly passed away in Jan, 2007 - Marie Moore)
Conway,
Billy*
Limerick,
Co. Limerick
Sax/
Keyboards/
Clarinet
Ascot Showband (our thanks to Billy's son, Brendan)
Billy Conway Band
(Billy sadly passed away in April, 2002) 
Conway,
Mickey
Magherafelt,
Co. Derry
Sax Green Angels Showband
(Mickey sadly passed away November 17, 2006)
 
Costello,
Johnny
Tuam,
Co. Galway
Sax Johnny Flynn Dance Band,
(Marie Hannon tells us Johnny sadly passed away)  
Costello,
Martin
Tuam,
Co. Galway
Sax Johnny Flynn Dance Band,
(Marie Hannon tells us Martin sadly passed away) 
Costello,
Philomena
Tuam,
Co. Galway
Vocals Johnny Flynn Dance Band,
(Phil sadly passed away, she was the wife of sax player Johnny
Costello) 
Coughlan,
Frank*
Limerick,
Co. Limerick
Guitar Berwyn Showband, Heuston Wells & Trident, Gerry & The Ohio
(Frank sadly passed away) 
Coughlan,
Pat*
Cork,
Co. Cork
Manager Manager - Hilton Club in Cork, Top Hat Ballroom, Fermoy and
Student Club, Cork
(Pat sadly passed away in October, 2002 - our thanks to his
daughter Anita for the photo)
Coyle,
David*
  Vocals Melody Aces Showband
(passed away November 17, 1983)
Cranny,
Tom
  Manager Mexicans Showband
(an article in Spotlight on February 8th, 1969 reported that Tom
was killed in a car crash in late January, 1969
Creagh,
Seamus
  Trombone Crescent Showband, Coasters Showband, Barristers Showband,
Bankers Showband
(passed away suddenly July 11, 2003 - John Baird)
Crean,
Johnny
Ballina,
Co. Mayo
Drums Jack Ruane Showband, New Fairways
(Noel O'Neill wrote to tell us that John was killed in a traffic
accident near Killala, Co. Mayo on 25th July, 1979.)
Creaney,
Paul
Belfast,
Co. Antrim
Guitar Teddie Palmer and the Rumble Band
(Paul sadly passed away in November, 2006)
Creighton,
Andy
Claremorris,
Co. Mayo
Manager Royal Blues Showband, D.J. Curtin & The Kerry Blues
Flint, Memories, Plattermen, Samba & The Philosophers,
Skid Row, Tom Kelly Sound
(passed away December 4, 2003 in London)
Cribben,
Shay
Kilkelly,
Co. Mayo
Vocals Riviera Showband
(Shay sadly passed away Sept. 30, 2005 after a long battle with
cancer)
Croker,
Brian
Glengormley,
Co. Antrim
Guitar American Express
(sadly passed away in early 2012 - Jim Nolan)
Cronin,
Gerry
Tuam,
Co. Galway
Vocals Johnny Flynn Band, Gerry and the Ohio, Cronin Family
(passed away April 3, 1988)
Croghan,
Oliver
Longford,
Co. Longford
Bass Hi-Lows
(Sharon Tighe-Mooney wrote to tell us Oliver sadly passed away
in February, 2002)
Crooks,
Herbie*
Larne,
Co. Antrim
  Cameron Clan
(died in a traffic accident)
Cuffe,
Mick
Belcarra,
Co. Mayo
Bass / Vocals Brose Walsh Band
(passed away in September, 2002)
Our thanks to Brian Harrington for the photo of Mick
Cunningham,
Larry
Granard,
Co. Longford
Vocals Mighty Avons, Country Blue Boys, Solo
(Larry sadly passed away on 28th September, 2012)
Curran,
Tomas
Killea,
Co. Donegal
Vocals Blue Glows Showband, Jackie & The Top Stars
(Tomas sadly passed away suddenly on 29th June, 2009 -
from John McGrenra )
Curtin,
Billy
Tralee,
Co. Kerry
Sax Arrivals Showband, Swingtime Aces
(Billy sadly passed away January 12th, 2012)
Brother of Kerry Blues' musicians, Alfie, John and D.J. Curtin, Billy
played sax with the Swingtime Aces and the Arrivals Showband until
1971. After leaving the showbands, Billy played with the Guinness Jazz
Band and was still playing music up until three months before his
passing.   
Curtin,
Glen
Cork,
Co. Cork
Vocals Glen Curtin Band, New Blues, Nevada, Galaxy Band
(Glen sadly passed away September 20th, 2009 aged 66)
Glen started his Irish career in March 1972 with The Glen Curtin
Band and later joined the New Blues. After the New Blues, Glen
was with the Nevada. He then formed his own Galaxy Band in the
late seventies. He had many hit records during his showband
career. His album "The Very Best of Glen Curtin" was recently
released on Crashed Records.    

Davis,
Gerry
Drumlish,
Co. Longford
Bass Hi-Lows Showband
(Gerry sadly passed away on March 12, 2010- Oliver Casserly)
We have found online that Gerry was 62 in 2004, so we are
assuming he was around 68 when he died.
Delahunty,
Mick
Clonmel,
Co. Tipperary
Sax Mick Delahunty Big Band
(passed away February 29, 1992)
Delahunty,
Maxie
Clonmel,
Co. Tipperary
Drums Rim-Shot Showband, Mick Delahunty Jr Band.
(passed away December, 2008)

Denvir,
Philip
Belfast,
Co. Antrim
Sax Banshees, Mexicans
(Philip emigrated to the States in the mid 90's and ran a sailing
school on the Chesapeake Bay with his wife, Arabella. He sadly
passed away when he suffered a heart attack on July 24, 2011.)
Devaney,
Mickey
  Sax Quicksilver, Johnny Flynn Showband
(sadly passed away - John Baird)
Devaney,
Tommy
Castlebar,
Co. Mayo
Sax/Clarinet Brose Walsh & The Rockaways, Seapoint Orchestra, Jack Ruane
Orchestra, Pete Brown Band, West Coast Jazzband, The Pat Friel
Group, and the Devonaires
(Our thanks to Noel O'Neill)
(passed away in 2000)

Devey,
William
  Drums Cadets
(Willie sadly passed away in May, 2004)
Devine,
Al
  Sax Airchords Showband
(Al sadly passed away in Mach, 1998 - his son, Phil)
Dixon,
Dave
Clones,
Co. Monaghan
Sax/Clarinet Dave Dixon Orchestra, Dixonaires Showband 
(Dave sadly passed away on stage March 5, 1985-aged 59)
Dave was there at the beginning of the showband era in 1950 with
his Dave Dixon Orchestra. Around 1962, he dropped the Orchestra
concept, added guitars and became the Dixonaires Showband and
was the first band for Eurovision star, Pat McGeegan. Dave and
his band played until 1985, when he passed away on stage while
playing a charity gig for the local hospital.  
Doherty,
Jim
Dunloy,
Co. Antrim
Guitar Walter Lewis Enterprise, Glensmen, American Express, Playboys  
(Jim sadly passed away February 24, 2012 - Paul Mulholland)
 
Dolan,
Joe
Mullingar,
Co. Westmeath
Vocals/Guitar The Drifters
(Joe sadly passed away December 26, 2007)
Not much can be said about the showband era without the mention
of Joe Dolan and the Drifters, one of the most successful bands of
the era and one of the most enduring performers the country has
ever known. For a full appreciation of Joe and his career,
Please click here.
Dolan,
Joe
Galway,
Co. Galway
Guitar Sweeney's Men, Capitol Showband, Swingtime Aces
(Joe sadly passed away of cancer on January 7, 2008 - Pat Loughman)
The "other" Joe Dolan was an art student in Dublin and the
original guitar player with The Capitol Showband. He left when
Jimmy Hogan and Butch Moore joined from the Blue Clavons.
He had previously played with the folk group, Sweeney's Men,
who were managed by Des Kelly. After leaving the scene he
became a professional artist in Co. Galway until his death. 
Doohan,
Tom*
Charlestown,
Co. Mayo
Sax/Clarinet Dixietones
(Tom sadly passed away in 1972)
Doris,
Malachy
Cookstown,
Co. Tyrone
Accordion/
Vocals
Vincent Lowe Trio, Granada Showband, Malachy Doris Ceili Band,
Rovers Showband
(Malachy sadly passed away October 1st, 1999)
Malachy, like contemporary Dermot O'Brien, came from the Ceili
tradition in Ireland, starting out with the Vincent Lowe Trio before
forming his own band. As Ceili died away in the dancehalls,
Malachy turned his talents to the showband scene, first with the
Granada Showband and then his own Rovers Showband.
Doyle,
Dan
Rialto,
Co. Dublin
Sax Brose Walsh & The Rockaways
(passed away December 25, 1983)
Doyle,
Kenny
Drogheda,
Co. Louth
Keyboards Maurice Lynch Band, Tigermen, Denver Showband
(Kenny sadly passed away in early Sept, 2010- Paul Martin)
Doyle,
Tony
Sligo,
Co. Sligo
Vocals Clefonaires Showband
(sadly passed away)
Drew,
Ronnie
Dublin,
Co. Dublin
Vocals/Gtr Dubliners, Solo career 
(Ronnie sadly passed away on 16th August, 2008)
A founder members of Ireland's greatest folk export, The
Dubliners, Ronnie was a legend on the Irish and international
entertainment scene. Along with Luke Kelly, he forged a new
era in Irish folk music and was recognized as one of Ireland's
greatest story tellers. He will be missed. 
Duffy,
Frances*
Castleblaney,
Co. Monaghan
Vocals Newline Showband, John Murphy Band 
(sadly passed away)
Duffy,
Martin
Baganelstown,
Co. Carlow
Manager Ritz Ballroom, Carlow, Dreamland, Athy, St. Joseph's Hall
Blessington 
(sadly passed away 5th April, 2009)
Duffy,
Terry
Strabane,
Co. Tyrone
Guitar Enabarts, American Pie, Clipper Carlton 
(sadly passed away 28th August, 2013 - Clare O'Brien)
Duggan,
Gerry
Sligo,
Co. Sligo

 
Guitar Duggan Brothers, Brotherly Love
(Gerry sadly passed away September 13, 2008).
One of Sligo's very talented Duggans, Gerry and his brothers
made an impression on the local scene while still in school.
In the early seventies, they were signed by EMI records and
released several singles. The band retired to civilian life in the
early 80's and Gerry became a very successful architectural
engineer, working on many prominent buildings in Ireland. 
 
Dunne,
Andy
Dublin,
Co. Dublin
Keyboards Mitch and the Edition, Boys N' Girls 
(Andy's son writes to tell us he sadly passed away in 1986)
Dunphy,
Sean
Dublin,
Co. Dublin

 
Vocals Hoedowners
(sadly passed away 17th May, 2011)
A carpenter by trade, Sean went to England after serving in the Irish
Army. He returned to join the Hoedowners who scored 14 chart singles
and became one of the most successful bands of the era. Sean was
also in Euroivision. in 1973 Sean emigrated to Canada, but returned to
Ireland and spent his last years entertaining fans around Ireland,
although on a  much reduced schedule.
   
Dunphy,
Tom
Waterford,
Co. Waterford

 
Bass Royal Showband, Brendan Bowyer & The Big 8
(killed in a car crash on July 29, 1975)
A founding member of The Royal Showband, Tom had the
distinction of singing on the very first showband record, Come
Down The Mountain Katy Daly. After almost 15 years of success
with the Royal, Tom, along with Brendan Bowyer, formed the Big
Eight and started performing in Las Vegas as the showband era
started to slide. On a trip home in 1975, Tom was killed on his way
to a gig near Drumsna, Co. Leitrim.
Dwyer,
Johnny
Riverstown,
Co. Sligo
Drums Cathal Dunne and Stateside
(Cathal told us that Johnny sadly passed away at a very young
age)
Dwyer,
Tommy
Clonmel,
Co. Tipperary
Sax Voxenaires, Cowboys
(Tommy sadly passed away - Billy Byrne)

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Acknowledgements:
*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, Louis Chapman, Michael Niblett, Declan Colgan, Mick Gilligan, Michael Conway, Paul Welch, John McGrenra, Alan Carr, Norman Bissett, Alan White, Tom Ivory Jr., Glen Brown, Dave Hynes, Ernie Corrigan, 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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