Irish Showbands

Irish Showband

The Irish showband scene flourished between the mid 1950s and the late 1970s. Dance halls across the country, both urban and rural, rocked to the sounds of these big bands and were the meeting place of choice for friends and young couples.

Playing a wide range of covers from rock and roll to country and western, the showbands were merited on their abitily to play the latest chart songs and above all else, 'keep the people dancing'!

Select a link below for more information on each showband. below for more information and an enlarged photo of the showband.

 •  Altonaires Showband, Dublin
 •  Atlantis Showband
 •  Barristers Showband, Londonderry
 •  Black Aces, Kilkenny
 •  Bridesiders, Waterford
 •  Brose Walsh's Showband Beclcarra, County Mayo
 •  The Chancellors, Louth
 •  College Showband, Limerick
 •  Decca Showband, Waterford
 •  The Dixietones, Charlestown, County Mayo
 •  Express Showband, Dublin
 •  The Fab Five, Charlestown, County Mayo
 •  Hughie Trainor and the Globetrotters, Armagh
 •  The Jimmy Johnston Showband, Belfast
 •  The Limits, Carrick on Shannon
 •  The Monaco Showband, Dublin
 •  The Mystics Showband, Boyle, County Roscommon
 •  Pasadena Showband, Ballina
 •  Savoy Showband, Waterford
 •  The Vanguard Six, Tralee, County Kerry
 •  The Ventures Showband, Monaghan
 •  The Viceroys Showband, Drogheda, County Louth
 •  Westeners Showband, Boyle
 •  Young Vikings Showband, Dundalk

Many thanks to Cathal Henry, Charlestown, who provided the showband memorabilia to make this archive possible