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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:

December 4, 2005

December 21, 2005

  • To all our friends near and far... [click for full-sized version]

December 11, 2005

November 27, 2005

  • Today - some very special photos from Lorraine Clarke ...of her granddad, Dave Dixon, the Dave Dixon Orchestra/Showband . Lorraine, thank-you for sharing these with us... they're some very special photos,indeed!

November 24, 2005

November 23, 2005

November 21, 2005

  • Apologies folks -- lost a few days worth of updates -- will have all reconstructed by day's end. So, if you think you saw an update - no need to take memory pills.

November 21, 2005

  • Added today - the second of the pics of the Manhattan Showband (Dublin) .
  • We've promised to help Mr. Trevor Keys with finding some folks he's lost track of over the years... Trevor writes:

    "I have been playing in showbands from 1958 and still have a six piece (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Trumpet & Sax ) on the road. ...I only found out about your site from a very good friend namely Barney Mullan who used to drum with the Barristers Showband from Derry.

    I have a lot of 'friends' out there in the old showband scene that I not seen or heard of in over 40 years such as the Dixielanders, Capitol, Cadets, Royal, Miami, Drifters, Jim Farley etc, etc.

    I have played relief to ALL the big showband names at the Borderland in Muff;  the Camoe Ballroom in Derry; the Fiesta in Letterkenny; the Top Hat in Portstewart where one of 'the' gentlemen in the music business, Mr Bobby Platt, used to book the bands back in the 60's. Bobby is still going strong and i'm sure if some of the ',big boys'  were to see this letter they would be delighted to know that he is still 'alive & kicking' and a very fit man.

    Hopefully you will post this letter on your website and anyone out there who remembers me from my days in Derry and the 'Embassy' resident band in Derry and the resident band in the Gresham Ballroom in Holloway Rd, London with Brendan Quinn etc. to get in touch with me.  Many thanks .

    Regards From Trevor Keys [ex Dave Cuthbert Showband from Derr , The Rhythm Aces from Convoy Co. Donegal; The Signetts, The Swingtones, The Flingle , The Embassy Showband all from Derry; Rainbow Country Sounds from London; Brendan Quinn & the Bluebirds Magherafelt; Coffee & Cream from Derry; The original Trevor Keys & The Foyle Showband from Derry, and now up-to-date with The Trevor Keys Showband.] "

    webmaster note: if you'd like to get in contact with Trevor, drop us a line and we'll be happy to forward your particulars on.

November 20, 2005

  • Received today - pics of the Manhattan Showband (Dublin) sent to us by Darren Walsh, son of an old friend and co-worker, Jack Walsh. Sincerest thanks, Darren, for the pics and for reviving some very pleasant memories.

November 18, 2005

  • The Jivenaires Re-Union DVD was launched in the Moving Stairs on Friday 11th November. There was a big turn-out for the event and the DVD was shown on the big screen. Sean Kenny did the honours in launching the DVD.

    The DVD covers two hours and captures very vividly the events leading up to the re-union dance and of course the dance itself. "Were you there?" - well if you were then more than likely you shown on the DVD. The DVD would be a unique and ideal gift at Christmas.

    A limited number of copies of the DVD are available at McDonaghs newsagents or from the Brothers of Charity, Boyle and the total proceeds go to the Association for the Mentally Handicapped in Boyle.

October 10, 2005

September 28, 2005

September 27, 2005

  • Thanks to Mr Andrew Monk (Bass, Stardust Showband) for sending in a coupla pics of the Stardust Showband (Derry) - check back tomorrow for the second pic!
  • those who've written over the past couple of months and not received any reply, or perhaps had mails bounce back --- our sincerest apologies, our experience with a previous (heavy emphasis on "previous") hosting company turned out to be a bit of a nightmare. Sooo....resend those royalty checks and gala invitations.....we're back in business!

July 16, 2005

July 9, 2005

  • A heartfelt thank-you to Mr. Jack Flahive Jr. (Aus.) for sharing a couple of photos of his dad - a gentleman whose name we trust most of you will recognise for his roles as band leader (Jack Flahive Band/Orchestra), band member ( Olympic Showband) and as head of the Irish Federation of Musicians and Associated Professions (IFMAP).

June 16, 2005

  • A challenge for our visitors and friends - Can any of you name the showband musicians appearing in this photo? (click pic to see a larger version.)

    Hint: picture was taken in or around 1957. The Band is the Mullingar Brass and Reed Band.

June 1, 2005

  • Brian Coll and the Buckaroos section started.

May 30, 2005

May 28, 2005

  • Just recently released a new Capitol Showband CD entitled "The Capitol Showband - A Collector's Item" introduced by Des Kelly. Features songs recorded live at Dublin's Crystal Ballroom. For particulars and ordering information click HERE

March 5, 2005

February 27, 2005

  • Just added - a new pic to the Art Supple and the Victors section - special thanks to Mr Vinny Baker proprietor of Vee Bee Recording Studio and Vee Bee Guitar School of Mullingar for the scan!
  • Betcha thought we'd gone into hibernation, eh? We're still here - doing a bit of cleaning up backstage, and working on another project or two.

December 31, 2004

  • Handout photo of the Madisons Showband added.
  • And, to one and all - Thanks for another wonderful year and may your New Year be one filled with blessings and good fortune.

December 30, 2004

December 19, 2004

December 18, 2004

December 17, 2004

  • Seasonal gift suggestion...perfect for Christmas, New Years or just because. It's for a good cause and will help keep at least one wayward showbander out of trouble!

December 12, 2004

  • Started the Virginians section with a pic of Dermot Henry and a song promo card.

December 6, 2004

December 5, 2004

  • Started the Finnavons, Castleblayney section.

December 4, 2004

  • 2 new pics (well, one not quite so new...John Baird, apologies on this one - it just plain got lost ) in the Maurice Mulcahy section.

November 19, 2004

  • - If you're in the broadcast area, give Dave a listen. He'll be featuring strictly Westmeath musicians - playing their music and chatting with them. Might even be a showband story or two or three along the way.

November 6, 2004

  • The Vibratones (Belfast) section started - with three handout pics (thanx, Mike for your patience!)

November 4, 2004

  • Just received this morning, the following request for help in finding materials for a documentary on Dickie Rock:
Spit on me, Dickie!

Dickie Rock is one of Ireland's most famous sons. A star from days long past but days that are still fondly remembered by his loyal fans who have made Dickie one of the most successful singers in Ireland. A string of number ones and a Eurovision entry to his credit, in all Dickie had 25 Irish hits from 1963 to 1983, surpassed only by Cliff Richard, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, David Bowie and the Rolling Stones.
Dickie Rock is the original Irish Pop star.

Though the heady days of the showband era and the seventies are behind him, ever the consummate performer and entertainer Dickie still Rocks cabaret venues all over Ireland where the famous cry 'Spit on me Dickie' can still be heard.

Mint Productions are making a film for RTE about his life- the man behind the performer, but this film will also look at his long career in the entertainment industry and at his dedicated fans.
We are seeking to make contact with his fans, those who grew up, courted and danced serenaded by Dickie.

Photographs and in particular film (super 8) taken at the time are of a particular interest as are Dickie memorabillia, tickets, albums and programmes.

We would love to hear your stories; couples who met and fell in love at a Dickie show; stories that can recount those salad days of the ballrooms and the showbands.

If you have any information that could be of help in our making of this production please get in touch with us we’d love to hear your stories!  

Please contact:  
Ailbhe Maher
Mint Productions
205 Lower Rathmines Road
Dublin 6.  
Tel: 01 4913333

October 17, 2004

  • A couple of unique photos of Joe Dolan and the Drifters appearing on Russian TV in 1978 - a sincere thank-you to Mr. Patrick Hoye for these!

October 16, 2004

  • A pic of Simon Scott added to the Plattermen section.

October 11, 2004

  • A poster from their first tour of Canada added to the Swingtime Aces section..special thanks to Davy Hynes of Irelands Music for the contribution!

October 10, 2004

  • A photo of Bill Mac and a newspaper clipping added to the Classic Showband section.

October 9, 2004

September 18, 2004

  • Some magical Mullingar moments....The Phantoms - Sincere thanks to Joe Feely for pulling these pics out of his memory book!

September 12, 2004

September 11, 2004

September 6, 2004

September 5, 2004

  • A new pic for the Newmen section sent in by Gerry Mcilmurray. Thank-you Gerry...good to hear from you again!

September 1, 2004

  • [editorial on earth did September get here so fast?!]
  • And...started the Sterling Showband section.

August 24 , 2004

August 21 , 2004

August 20 , 2004

August 15 , 2004

August 14 , 2004

  • A new picture added to the Plattermen section.
  • A Navigation problem (hopefully) fixed on the index.html page.

August 11 , 2004

August 8 , 2004

August 5 , 2004

August 4 , 2004

August 1 , 2004

July 31, 2004

  • Another handout photo added to the Mainliners Section.

July 30, 2004

July 29, 2004

July 28, 2004

July 27, 2004

July 26, 2004

  • The beginnings of a FAQ's page for the Discussion Board put online.

July 24, 2004

July 21, 2004

  • Added a new pic to the Derrick and the Sounds section.
  • Some adding of instructions to the Discussion Board - will be adding more bit by bit over the next few days as questions arise. Hopefully will develop into a of FAQs.

July 20, 2004

  • The College Boys (Newtownabbey, Antrim) section started
  • Discussion Board changed from Members Only to open to all (sorry, ticked the wrong box in the admin section) - changes and tweaks will be ongoing as well as adding documentation to some of the less "intuitive" aspects of it.

July 19, 2004

  • Things change...first rule of the universe, eh? We'll be changing the navigation a little over the next few weeks (that's optimistic timing...may take longer). Have to do it the old fashioned way, by hand, so bare with us.

July 18, 2004

  • Beta Test - y'all are invited to play with a new Discussion Board script - will apologise upfront for it not being compatible with older browsers. This may or may not be a permanent addition to Jives, we're just testing the waters. Memberships are not required to browse or to post.
  • Two additions to the Dawn Knight and the Casuals pages.
  • Started the Claxton Showband (Fermanagh) section.

July 17, 2004

July 14, 2004

July 13, 2004

July 12, 2004

  • Added a new pic to the Cadets section
  • Made this page a little shorter - link to previous what's new page is at the bottom of this page.

July 11, 2004

  • Switching gears and heading South to Westmeath and an earlier Drifters pic featuring Joe Dolan with a nicely sculpted ducktail hair do.
  • Some small tweaks in appearance of the guestbook

July 9, 2004

  • Ahhh...what the heck, one more Cossacks pic for the road....(tomorrow we'll do something a lil different).

July 8, 2004

  • A third picture added to the Cossacks section.

July 7, 2004

  • A second picture added to the Cossacks section.

July 6, 2004

  • Another handout pic added to the Victors section.

July 4, 2004

July 2, 2004

  • Got a start on a section featuring another Ballymena band - The Cossacks. Many thanks to Billy Swann for the kick-off! (ps. buy his book)

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