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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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