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"Starting at 8 it was not unknown for these events to bounce on beyond midnight, the same band playing all the time. "(Source Highland Archives: http://www.internet-promotions.co.uk/archives/northlands/north3.htm)

2003 - archived What's New. To go to 2004 What's New Pages click Here

December 30, 2003

  • A new photo added to the Arabs (Belfast) section - Sincere thanks to Mr. Denis Mac Daid (Arabs) for sending in this rather unique addition.
  • Server Migration - Within the next few days, Jives will be moving to a new server. Some regular visitors may experience trouble reaching us during that time. Don't worry - as Ahnold says, "Vee Vill be back" !
  • Bookmark this addy to access Jives during the switch over: http://209.150.138.220 . This address will become unavailable aproximately 2 weeks after we're on the new server.

December 29, 2003

  • A new band handout photo added to the Melody Aces section.

December 28 , 2003


December 27 , 2003


December 26 , 2003


December 23 , 2003

  • Today's addition - The Countrymen (Antrim)
  • Christmas wishes - to all of our visitors, a heart felt thank-you for dropping by to visit during the past year. Please have a safe and a very happy holiday.

December 22 , 2003

  • Some more names matched with faces in the Red Admirals section. Thanks to George Dillon (Red Admirals, 1967/68) for sending these in.

December 21 , 2003

  • 'As the lyrics say - Tis the season - the season for remembering and reflecting; for thanking and for holding dear; for friends, for loved ones, and most of all for families. Our Christmas gift to you -- some fond memories of a [not so] little family band - the Jack Ruane Band told by Judd Ruane.

December 20 , 2003


December 17 , 2003


December 16 , 2003

  • It took a little while, but we've finally started the Pacific Showband section.

December 14 , 2003


December 13 , 2003


December 12 , 2003


December 10 , 2003


December 9 , 2003


December 8 , 2003


December 7 , 2003


December 6 , 2003


December 5 , 2003


December 4 , 2003

  • An update to the Crackaways section. Also a little changing of file locations and names - so if you have the Crackaways bookmarked - you'll need to rebookmark them.

December 2 , 2003


December 1 , 2003

  • The Cousins (Belfast) section started.

November 30, 2003

  • Another photo added to the Stellas section.

November 29, 2003

  • The Countrymen section expanded with three more photos from Michael O'Hara .

November 28, 2003


November 27, 2003


November 26, 2003

  • Courtesy of Danny Murray an addition to the Drifters (Mullingar) section.

November 25, 2003


November 24, 2003


November 23, 2003


November 22, 2003

  • The Countrymen (Clara) section added - more pics from Michael O'Hara (bass, Countrymen)

November 21, 2003

  • Two new pages added to the Crackaways section as well as some more names and faces matched up - courtesy of Michael O'Hara (bass, Crackaways)

November 20, 2003


November 19, 2003


November 18, 2003


November 16, 2003

  • A significant addition to the Capitol Showband section - the History of the Capitol Showband. Accompanying photos are from the personal collection of Pat Loughman .
  • Update to the Jives Recommend page.
  • Apologies for more server downtime last night - our hosting company was doing some unannounced upgrading of equipment.

November 13, 2003

  • Apologies for site downtime from aprox 12:00 midnight 9 November through late Tuesday. The ransom has been paid and all should be reasonably normal from now on.

November 9, 2003

  • New photo added to the Chessmen section.

November 8, 2003

  • Misbehaving graphic files in the Red Admirals section fixed.
  • Names matched with faces on the first page of the Crackaways section (one left to go). Thanks to Michael O'Hara (Crackaways 1963-4) for dropping us a line!
  • New pic added to the Hoedowners section.

November 7, 2003


November 6, 2003


November 5, 2003

  • An update made to the Stellas section.

November 1, 2003


October 29, 2003


October 28, 2003


October 27, 2003

  • Text additions to the Jack Ruane Showband page... including a request from Elaine Schnieder, Jack Ruane's grandaughter.

October 23, 2003

  • Stan Lynn and the Silhouettes section started - thanks, again, to Mike Niblett

October 21, 2003


October 18, 2003

  • Clipping announcing the appearance of The Rebel Showband on the premiere of RTE's Showband Show. Special thanks to Mr. Peter Stuart for this contribution.

October 12, 2003


October 10, 2003


October 4, 2003


October 2, 2003


September 30, 2003


September 28, 2003


September 26, 2003

  • Special thanks to Mary from Wexford for getting the Cleffonaires section into the starting gate!

September 23, 2003

September 22, 2003


September 21, 2003

  • Two more contributions to the Kentones pages sent in by Mr Anthony McLaughlin - extra special thanks goes to his Brother-in-Law, Danny Stewart and to Robin Millar for sharing the pics!
  • ...and an addition to the Express Showband pages - care of John Baird

September 15, 2003

  • Two lovely contributions sent in by Mr Anthony McLaughlin on behalf of his brother-in-law who was in both of these bands: The Kentones and The Robinaires.

September 14, 2003


September 13, 2003

  • The Specialists added to the list and to the gallery c/o John Baird. Also three other bands added to the list, bringing the total up to 545 and rising.

September 12, 2003


September 11, 2003


September 6, 2003


September 1, 2003

August 24, 2003

  • Additions to the Cadets, the Victors and the Federals sections courtesy of............oh, go on take a guess! Also a couple of additions edits to links pages.

August 23, 2003


August 21, 2003

  • As promised, another John Baird addition - the Mighty Avons , and more on the way.

August 18, 2003


August 13, 2003


August 10 , 2003


May 25 , 2003

  • Digital cam shots of Cadets souvenier folio contributed by Edward Comerford, added to Cadets section.

May 24 , 2003

  • 2002 Jivenaires Reunion pix by Christy Regan are now available for ordering.

April 12 , 2003


April 2 , 2003


March 31, 2003


March 30, 2003

  • Just added to The Clubmen section - an exclusive interview with Mr. Dermot O'Brien - Dermot is known for his hits: The Merry Ploughboy, The Galway Shawl, Dublin'62 and many others.

February 27, 2003


February 8, 2003

  • Subdivided the ever-growing showbands list into 5 more manageable sections.

February 5 , 2003

  • Couple of more pics added to the Hilton Showband section - From Mr. Micky Doran c/o Nick Lewis.

February 4 , 2003


January 27, 2003

  • A bunch of new pics added to the Hilton Showband Section - thanks, again to Tommy Tohill for some wonderful scans

January 19, 2003


January 14, 2003


January 12, 2003


January 11, 2003 -

  • Special thanks and much gratitude to Mr. Tommy Tohill (Founding member, Hilton Showband) for contributing clippings, photos and personal memorabilia for the Hilton Showband section.
  • Repaired a malfunctioning link to the Barristers' page. Thanks to the kind soul who pointed that out!

January 5, 2003 -

  • Transcription of a memorial poem and a new pic added to the Miami Showband pages.

January 4, 2003 -


January 3, 2003 -

  • Addition of the Fontana Showband (Antrim) - another outstanding set of pics from Mr Ray Fynes. Keep an eye on the Fontana pages - this section will have further updates over the next couple of days.

December 31, 2002-

  • Two more scans added to the Brendan Shine section.
  • The Wee Four Showband added - photo clipping contributed by Mr. Brendan O'Loughlin.
  • Updated the Paddy Cole Band pages with another clipping from Ms. Ann Chapman's scrapbook. Thanx a million Ann for letting us flip through the pages and "borrow".
  • A little something special added to the Big8 pages.

December 30, 2002 -



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