In 1963, Kildare musician Pat McGarr, leader of the famous Gallowglass Céili Band, thought that rather than transform his own band into a showband, that he would put a brand new band on the road and manage them himself, while continuing on with the Gallowglass. Thus The Kings Showband, based in Naas, Co, Kildare, were born. Four of the members came from The Jimmy Dunny Orchestra, Newbridge.

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Related: Caroline, Ohio, Capitol, Jimmy Dunny

Town/Village/County: Naas, Co. Kildare

Vocals: Prince Vince / Pat Braiden / Butch Moore
Lead Guitar:
Tommy Fitzpatrick / Reg Dunne
2nd Guitar:
Tommy Lundy
Prince Vince / Billy Hopkins
Billy Dempsey
Sax/Clarinet: Barry Cluskey / Brendan McEnhill
Trombone: Dusty Young / Brian O'Brien
Ronnie Reynolds / Des Hopkins


1965: He'll Only Hurt You / Where Can She Be? - Columbia IDB 742
1966: Beautiful Dreamer / I Fall To Pieces - Columbia IDB 749

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