The
Swingtime
Aces

The Swingtime Aces were one of the very few showbands who made a name for themselves in the ‘60s without the help of a hit record. Formed in the late ‘50s by bassist Jim Ruane and saxophonist Seán Glynn, who at the time was a teacher in Barnadearg, near Tuam, the Swingtime Aces went on to headline in the first series of “The Showband Show” on RTE television, travel on two successful tours of the U.S.A. and Canada and on numerous tours of Britain. In the late ‘60s they sponsored their own Monday night radio programme on RTE.

Related: Johnny Flynn, Astrals, Dave Glover, Arrivals, Tweed


Seated: Tommy Hynes, Derek Kennedy, Frank Hogan. Standing: Jimmy Reilly, Billy Kelly, Jim Ruane, Tommy Fitzpatrick

From left: Billy Curtin, Grant Currer, Billy Carson, Nick McEvoy, Jimmy Reilly, Derek Kennedy

Town/Village/County: Athenry, Co. Galway

Vocals: Derek Kennedy / Norman Payne / Pat O'Brien
Lead Guitar:
Jim Gunner / Grant Currer / Frank Donohue
2nd Guitar:
Bass:
Jim Ruane / Jack Flavelle / Pat Hoye / Cha Taylor
Trumpet:
Billy Kelly / MIck Guinnane
 
Sax/Clarinet: Seán Glynn / Billy Curtin / Joe McIntyre / Nick McEvoy / Joe Bernie
Trombone: Tommy Hynes / Jimmy Halferty
Drums:
Jimmy Reilly
Piano/Organ: Martin Conneely / Noel Kingston / Gerry Gannon
Manager:
Kevin Whelan / Gerry O'Neill
Discography: No commercial recordings

Front: Jimmy Reilly, Jim Gunner, Derek Kennedy. Back: Billy Curtin, Jim Ruane, Joe McIntyre, Joe Dolan
  

Standing: Norman Payne, Bob Madden, Patrick Hoye, Jimmy Reilly, Derek Kennedy. Seated: Joe Bernie, Mick Guinnane

Front: Seamus Higgins, Derek Kennedy. Back: Pat Carroll, Charles Taylor, Gearóid O'Dowd, Jimmy Reilly, Frank Donohue

From left: Jimmy Reilly, Francie Higgins, Gearóid O'Dowd, Frank Donohue, Derek Kennedy, Charles Taylor
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