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.

Many thanks to Cathal Henry, a regular contributor to the Charlestown photo page and history section, who provided the showband memorabilia to make this archive possible.