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The Mainliners (Derry City)- Title Graphic

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Photo contributed by Pat McCrossan

Band Photo: The Mainliners (Derry City) contributed by Pat McCrossan

From left to right: Pat McCrossan Sr., Bernie O’Donnell, Frank McKay, Charlie Coyle, Danny McGilloway, Hugh Clifford, and Pat McCrossan Jr. (15 years old). The young ones [in the wings] were dancers from the Lillian Moore school, who were also on the show.

"St. Columb's Hall Derry 1957 - The original Mainliners (1957), way before Big Tom took the name. My father took the name from a song by Hank Snow about a train. The band made two appearances on BBC TV in a show called, “The Half-Door Club” produced by John Hewerdine. They also did numerous broadcasts on BBC and Radio Eireann on a show called, “Listen Here Awhile” produced by Roisin Lorigan. Notice that the attire is western as was most of the music, interspersed with comedy routines copied from, the Grand Ole Opry radio shows. They were well known throughout the north, due to the radio and TV exposure and filled dance halls and concert halls to capacity. They continued as the Mainliners up into the early sixties, but succumbed to the flashy/brassy big showbands.)

ID's and comments provided by Pat McCrossan

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