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Photo from the personal collection of Mr. Patrick Hoye

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Photo - Patrick Hoye and Garry Street (Joe Conway)

Caption - Patrick Hoye and Garry Street (Joe COnway) - on the grounds of the property across from Boyle Abbey.

Gary Street dies in England

By: Michael Commins

Gary Street (55), who fronted the Fairways Showband (Ballina) from 1968 to 1976, has died in Coventry, writes Michael Commins.

Born in Geesala, Joe Conway adopted the stage name of Gary Street during the mid-1960s. It stuck so well that many people outside his native part of Erris were unaware of any other name for him.

In 1968, his own composition ‘Flippidy Flop’ reached No. 10 in the Irish Top 20 and stayed in the charts for five weeks. After leaving the Fairways in 1976, he moved to England where he fronted a resident band for a number of years.

Later, he moved to Vienna before returning to England. Tom Kelly from Ballina, bandleader with the Fairways back in the 1970s, said: “All of us who knew him in the band business were sorry to hear of his death at such a relatively young age.”

From: Western People 23 July 2003

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