The Bandits were formed by members of The Paramount Showband and one of the many showbands from Tuam in County Galway. Managed by Raymond O'Brien, now a newsagent on Galway's William Street, they were fronted by bassist Tommy Ryan who had a velvet voice reminiscent of Jim Reeves and vocalist Frank Fahy. Also in the band were Willie Brogan, Eamon Ryan, Jimmy Reilly and Stan McCormack who was there until the end.

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"Eamon Ryan, RIP and I were the original co-founders, Raymond O'Brien saw an opportunity to put two young, promising musicians who were playing with Liam Ivory at the time, together with some members of a disbanding showband, The Paramount.  Jimmy Rielly was made leader of the band and we practised in a room over The Chariot Wheel restaurant owned by our new manager Raymond O'Brien." ~ Johnny Cosgrove

Related: Paramount, Crystal All-Stars, Graduates

Back: Tommy Ryan, Jimmy Reilly; Middle: John Cosgrove, Frank Fahy, Eamonn Ryan; Front: Willie Brogan, Tommy Walsh

Town/Village/County: Tuam, Co. Galway

Lead Vocals: Tommy Ryan / Frank Fahy
Lead Guitar:
Eamonn Ryan / Mike Lawless
2nd Guitar:
Patrick O'Reilly
Tommy Ryan / Finian Thomas
Trumpet: Tommy Walsh / Stan McCormack / Noel Carroll
Jimmy Reilly
Trombone: Willie Brogan

Johnny Cosgrove
Raymond O'Brien

Selected Discography

1966: River Man / Rosa Rio Emerald MD 1047
1967: One More Ride / Bright City Lights Emerald MD 1069
1968: Schuman Was His Name / Mrs. McGrath Emerald MD 1107
1970: Picture From Life's Other Side / Barefoot Nelly Emerald MD 1142
1970: A Motherís Loveís A Blessing / Deepening Snow Emerald MD 1153
'Rosa Rio' on CD - The Very Best Of The Original Irish Showband Greats - Emerald ERTVCD 0027
'Bright City Lights' on CD - Irish Showbands Volume 3 - Music Bank APWCD 1083
'Barefoot Nelly' on CD - The Best Of Irish Showband Hits - The Greatest Dancehall Hits - Emerald EGCD 7113

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