The largest digital showband archive in the world!
Based In Sligo, Ireland / email:



The Managers & Promoters

384 Managers & Counting....

Click here for managers from J-Z

Welcome to the pages where we pay tribute to the people behind the scenes...the managers. Often looked upon with mixed emotions, and much maligned, these are the movers and shakers that not only booked the bands, but often also ran the dances as well. This is another area in which we need your help. Finding out the managers of bands and venues 30-50 years after the fact is a difficult task, and was generally only known by people inside the business. The information below was gleaned from personal diaries, friends, emails, and advertisements...
with particular thanks to Spotlight Magazine.

Click on the photo below for a full size image of the newly formed Irish Ballroom Bands Association  IBBA).

If you know of any promoters or managers, please click here to let us know!  

Last, First

Venues Promoted

Bands Managed

Aiken, Jim
(Jim sadly passed
away March 2, 2007)

St. Mary's Hall, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Orpheus Ballroom, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Ulster Hall, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Boom Boom Room (with Trevor Kane)

Brian Coll & the Plattermen

Anglum, J.


Southlanders Showband

Armstrong, Robert



Aughey, Sid

East County Hotel, Ballinasloe

The Times
The Swarbriggs

Bardon, Peter


Teddie Palmer & The Rumble Band
Thin Lizzy
Real McCoy
Johnny & The Hot Rods
Mike Scott & The Hoot'nannys
Bray City Rollers
Keith Kelly & Kansas City
Tony O'Leary & the Gallowglass (1973)

Barr, Sammy*
(sadly passed away in
the 1990's)

Flamingo Ballroom, Ballymena

Cossacks Showband

Barrett, Jack 


Big Four (1960's)

Barry, Frank 


Conquerors (Early days)

Barry, Oliver


Earl Gill Band
Sean Dunphy & the Hoedowners
Stockton's Wing
Wolfe Tones

Barry, Tony 



Belton, Pat



Blanche, Paddy


Royal Earls Showband with Sandie Jones

Bogan, Tony
former Miami drummer


Pat Roper & the Spotlights

Bogle, Martin
(sadly passed away in
August 1995)


Edison Lighthouse
Vanity Fair 

Bolger, Dan


Express Showband (1965)
Columbia Showband (1964) 

Bolger, Smiley


Dave Prim Band (1973)
Sundown (1974) 

Boyle, John

Highland Hotel, Glenties, Co. Donegal


Brady, Sheila

  Orange Machine (1967)

Bradley, Paddy

Corncutter's Rest. Creeslough
Milford Inn, Donegal
Fairyland Ballroom, Termon, Co. Donegal*
Allingham Arms Hotel, Bundoran, Co. Donegal*
Glenbay Hotel, Glencolumbkille
Fleet Inn, Downings

The Topp Stars
Hugo Duncan & The Ranchers*

Branagan, Michael


Branagan Brothers Band

Breslin, Michael

Abbey Hotel, Donegal


Burke, Maurice


Vanguard Six Showband
Kingdom Showband

Burns, Finbar


Pressmen Showband

Burns, Paddy 
(sadly passed away
August 14, 2011-79)


The Indians (1970-1984)
The Big Time (1974)

Byrne, Ollie


Skid Row

Byrne, Sean

Silver Slipper Ballroom, Strandhill, Co. Sligo


Byrne, T.J.

Top Hat Ballroom, Dun Laoghaire

Royal Showband
Brendan Bowyer & the Big 8
College Boys (1967)
Red Hurley Band

Byrne, Tony


Gina, Dale Haze & the Champions
Sandie Jones Band

Cahill, Joe
(sadly passed away
in 2000)**


Paragon Seven Showband

Cahill John


Billie Jo Superband
John Quinn, Shana & Sparkle

Campbell, Paddy


Pat and the Gay Dons

Carlin, Michael


Deidre & The Defenders

Carolan, Gerry


Tourists Showband
Oscars SHowband (1969)

Carolan, Matt

National Ballroom, Dublin


Carroll, Ted


Skid Row (1967)

Carty, Noel

Roseland Club, Moate, Co. Offaly

Brendan Shine Superband
Lucky Numbers
Magic Band (1975)
Murphy & The Swallows (1974)
Har & the Escorts
Art Supple & the Victors (1968)
Jim Tobin & the Firehouse (1970)

Carty, Willie


Conquerors (after Greg Hughes)
Robert Mizzell

Carville, Billy


The Earls Showband

Casey, Seamus


Joe Dolan & the Drifters
The Times
Jim Tobin & The Firehouse

Cassan, John

Atlantic Ballroom, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry


Cassidy, Donie


Foster & Allen
Jim Tobin & the Firehouse
Joy Starr & Opportunity
T.R. Dallas Band (Tom Allen)

Cassidy, Maurice

Stardust Club, Derry, Co. Derry

Santa Fe Showband
Tony Kenny & The Sands

Chapman, Louis*

Silver Slipper Ballroom, Strandhill, Co. Sligo
Silver Sandal, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

Clefonaires Showband (Clefs)

Claffey, Paul 

Cupid's Night Club, Castlerea
Midnight Club, Ballaghdereen
Swingers, Ballyhaunis


Clancy, Sean


Burmah Showband

Clarke, Eber


Epic Showband (1960's)

Clerkin, Mick 


Gary Street & The Fairways
Gloria and Mississippi
Larry Cunningham & The Country Blue Boys
Ray Lynam & The Hillbillies
Dermot Hegarty

Coady, John "Lucky"

Jetland Ballroom, Limerick


Coakley, Ciaran


Fleet Showband

Collins, Donie


Donie Collins Band

Collins, Michael

Stardust Club Hotel, Cork


Colgan, Gerry


Emmett Spiceland (1968)

Colgan, Frank

Gortin Rooskey Social Club

Teddy Bears

Comms, Al



Condon, Bob


Glen Curtin Band
Kate Twins

Connell, George

Top Hat Ballroom, Lisburn, Co. Antrim (Owner)
Regal Ballroom, Ardglass, Co. Down (Owner)


Connolly, Brian


Catherine and the Spurs

Connolly, Mick


California Brakemen (1971)

Conway, John


Niagra Showband
Cathy and the Fugitives

Costello, John


Gina and the Herdsmen (1973)

Costello, Tom


Cadets Showband
Johnny McEvoy Country Band
Tracy & The Grassroots
Real McCoy
Bill Ryan & the Hoot'nanny's
Cotton Mill Boys
Jon Ledingham

Costelloe, John

Flamingo Ballroom, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick


Coughlin, Pat*
(Sadly passed away
in October, 2002)

Hilton Club, Cork, Co. Cork
Top Hat Ballroom, Fermoy
Student Club, Cork


Cox, Seamus


Riviera Showband

Craig, Victor*


Clipper Carlton

Cranny, Tom
(Tom was killed in a
car accident in
January, 1969 -



Creighton, Andy 
(Passed away
December 4, 2003
in London)


Royal Blues Showband
Abilene Showband
D.J. Curtin & The Kerry Blues (1971)
Brush Shiels Band
Samba & The Philosophers
Skid Row
Jim Cantwell Big Band (1971)
Tom Kelly Sound
Tumbleweeds with Johnny Regan

Creighton, Pat


Ohio Showband 

Cronin, Michael


Hi-Lites Showband 

Crowe, Michael


Berwyn Showband 

Crymble, E.S.


Strands Showband 

Curley, Barney


Claxton Showband
Frankie McBride & the Polka Dots 
Brian Coll and the Buckaroos (1969)

Curran, Cyril


Nashville Showband (1970) 

Curran, Pat

Kirks, Castlefin, Co. Donegal


Daly, Frank

Katy Daly's, Killaloe, Co. Clare

Maurice Mulcahy
Tommy Drennan Superband

Darbey, Leo P.


Starliners Dance Band (Dublin)

Darcy, Con


Klondyke (Omagh)

Davidson, W.


Melotones Showband (Belfast)

Davis, Eddie


Barristers Showband (1965)
Peter Boy and the Trend
Friends Showband

Dee, John


Keltic WIne

Deeny, Michael


Horslips (1971)

Dempsey, Peter

Starlight Ballroom, Belfast

Freshmen (early 60's)
The People
Roly Daniels and Green County
We Four
Dave Glover All Stars

Devine, John*


Melody Aces Showband

Devine, William* B.


Mystics Showband

Devitt, Johnny


Millionaires Showband

Devlin, Jimmy


Breakaways Showband (Cookstown)

Devlin, Joe


Presidents Showband

Doherty, Jim


Capitol Showband (pre-1967)
Derrick & the Sounds (from May 1967)

Doherty, Tom 


The Miami
Capitol Showband

Dolphin, Tom 


Astronauts Showband
Conquerors (After Frank Barry) (1971)

Donegan, Vincent 

Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

Frank Chisum
Evelyn, Hugh McLean & The Envoys (1973)

Donnelly, Liam


Bill Rice and the Ventures Showband
Dawn Knight & The Casuals
Jim Nash and the Swallows

Donoghue, T.J. (DJ?)


Sahara Showband

Doris, Malachy


Malachy Doris Ceili Band Show

Downes, Joe

Olympic Ballroom, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick


Doyle, Danny 

Clody Hall, Bunclody, Co. Wexford


Doyle, Pat


The Word (1967)

Doyle, P.J.

Castle Ballroom, Enniscorthy (Geoff Wheatly)


Duddy, Mick* 


The Sundowners

Duffy, Martin 
(sadly passed away
5th April, 2009)

Ritz Ballroom, Carlow
St. Joseph's Hall, Blessington
Dreamland Ballroom, Athy


Duffy, Tom


Tides Showband

Duggan, Steve


Big Country (1972)

Dunne, Jimmy


Strangers (1967)
Deep Set (1967)

Dunne, Kevin


Greenbeats (1967)

Elliot, Bobby



Egan, John
Now lives in New York


Joanna and Tequila Sunrise

Egan, Seamus


Falcons Showband

Esmonde, Roy


Movement, The (1967)
Skid Row (1968)

Fahy, Jack


Jacobites, The (1970)

Farrell, Kevin
(sadly passed away in
March, 2013)

Copper Beech, Edenderry, Co. Offaly


Fay, Pat


King Bee (1967)

Fennelly, Paul



Finan, Noel

Seapoint Ballroom, Salthill, Co. Galway


Finlay, Brian
Brian sadly passed
away a couple of
years ago.


Finbar Harte
John Hogan Band
Evelyn and the Envoys

Finlay, Jack


Cahir O'Doherty
Hollywood Stars
Ireland's Freemen
Kansas City
Rovers Showband (thanks to Julie Byrnes)
Bloody Morgan & The Pirates (1974)

Fitzsimons, John*


Dermot Henry, Sharon & The Entertainers

Flanagan, Michael 


Doc Carroll and the Nightrunners (1974)
Wagon Wheels Showband (1974)

Foley, Denis

Central Ballroom, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry


Foley, Michael 


Tropical Showband

Foley, P.


Royal Aces Showband

Frawley, John



Friel, Aidan 



Friel, Harry


Emperors Showband (1965)

Friel, Pat 


Johnny Quigley All Stars

Fuller, Bill 

Town & Country, Dublin


Gallagher, Gerry


Kim Newport Band (1982-3)

Gallagher, Jim


Harvest Showband

Gallagher, Paul



Gallagher, Seamus

Club Crystal, Kiltimagh, Mayo
Town Hall, Claremorris, Co. Mayo
Ranch House, Cummer, Co. Galway


Gee, John


Granny's Intentions (1970)

Gill, Earl


Sean Dunphy
Hugo Duncan & the Tallmen (1974)

Gill, Neil


Johnny Quigley All-Stars

Gill, Vincent

Templemore Arms Hotel, Co. Tipperary
Kilrush, Co.

The New Blues
Gerry, Margaret & The Roadrunners

Gilmartin, Pat 

Grand Hotel, Sligo


Gleeson, Sean


The Willows 

Glover, Dave


Confederates (1973) 

Griffin, Andy

Kincora Ballroom, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare


Griffin, Sean

Manhattan, Donegal, Co. Donegal


Grimes, Liam Jr.

Castle Arms, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo


Gunn, Christy

Ierne Ballroom, Dublin, Co. Dublin


Hand, Aiden
(brother of Jim
-Spotlight 11-9-72)


Airchords (from 1967)
Hawaii 5-0 (1972)

Hand, Jim
(Jim passed away in
May, 2001)


Capitol Showband
Dermot O'Brien and the Clubmen
Cahir O'Doherty & The Dazzle Band

Dermot henry & the Virginians
Columbia Showband (1968)

Hanley, Donal


Barons Showband

Hannon, Peter


Johnny Flynn Sound (1972)

Harding, Gerry

Jackson's, Ballybofey


Hardy, Hugh


Larry Cunningham & the Mighty Avons (1965)
Columbia Showband (1966)
Victors Showband
Terry and the Trixons (1969)
Pat McGeegan & the Big Four (1969)

Harte, Patsy


Country People

Hayden, Tommy*
(Tommy sadly passed
away 20th April, 2013)


Art Supple & The Victors*
Royal Blues (1971)
Nevada (1967 on)
Red Hurley Band
D.J. Curtin & The Kerry Blues (1973)
Gina, Dale Haze & The Champions

Hayes, Packie

Oyster Ballroom, Dromkeen, Co. Limerick


Healy, Peggy

Glenamoy, Co. Mayo


Hegarty, Tony


Regal Showband

Henry, Maurice


Malachy of the Sounds
Cathy and the Fugitives

Henry, Peter

Blue Lagoon, Sligo


Heraty, Ray


Tommy Drennan and the Monarchs
Michael O'Callaghan Band (1973)

Herterich, Noel


Breakaways - Naas

Higgins, Jimmy

Silver Swan Hotel, Sligo

New Smokeys
Raindrops (1972)
Paddy Hanrahan and Oklahoma
Liam Ivors Country Dance Band
Red River Valley Boys

Higgins, Tommy

Baymount, Strandhill, Co. Sligo


Hilliard, George


Mary Lou & Harvest
Pat McCaul & The Premier Aces
Rob Strong & Las Vegas

Holt, Harry


Prairie Ramblers
Paddy Wagon (1971)

Howe, Trevor J.


The Chekkers (Belfast)

Hughes, Greg
(sadly passed away
18th May, 2014)


Hugo Duncan and the Tall Men
The Times

Conquerors (after Tom Dophin)

Hughes, Sean

Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
Fir Trees Hotel, Strabane
Ardboe Hall, Co. Tyrone


Hynes, Johnny 
Now in the USA


Marie Morgan & The Pirates

Hynes, Con

Las Vegas Ballroom, Templemore
Associated Ballrooms, Nationwide

Premier Aces

Irwin, Robert


Big Tom & The Travellers
John Glenn & the Wranglers
The Apaches
Sean Thompson & The Everglades
Mary Lou and Music City

Ivory, Tom
(Tom sadly passed
away in 1983)

Olympic Ballroom, Dublin (sold it in 1972)


Click here for Managers with last names J-Z

* Special thanks to Teddie Palmer, Brendan McCarthy, John McGrenra, Peter Kinsey, Louis Chapman, Jan Lynch, Alan Carr, Mike Niblett, Billy Swann, Pat Hoye, Leslie Thompson,  Alan Jones, Ronnie Campbell, Gene O'Sullivan & Vincent Power's "Send 'Em Home Sweatin" for their assistance with this list.

**Thanks to Eddie Kelly(RIP) for letting us know about the passing of several managers.


2002-2017 GMS Productions

In Loving Memory of Grant Gallagher: Sept. 21, 1990 - Nov. 18, 2006