Towards the end of the '60s, five of Joe Dolan's Drifters left to form a new showband which they called The Times. Fronted by Jimmy Swarbrigg, brother of trumpeter Tommy and joined by lead guitarist Seán Kenny from The Mystics and sax-player Gene Bannon from The Millionaires, they went on to become a big draw on the ballroom and carnival circuit.

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Related: Drifters, Millionaires, Jivenaires

Town/Village/County: Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

Lead Vocals: Jim Swarbrigg / Benny White
Lead Guitar:
Sean Kenny
2nd Guitar:
Vinny Baker
Jimmy Horan
Tommy Swarbrigg
Sax/Clarinet: Gene Bannon / Paul Mitchell
Joey Gilheaney
Donal Sid Aughey / Greg Donaghey
Des Doherty


1968: What Made Milwaukee Famous / Follow The Times - Target 7N 17647
1969: Hitchin' To Miami / Mad Dan The Rodeo Man - Dolphin DOS 46
1973: It All Depends On You / I'm Gonna Get Married To Ann - Parlophone DIP 524
1972: When I Look Around me / Smile A Tender Smile - Parlophone R 5956
1973: Julie's Rock 'N' Roll / Keep Some Love For A Rainy Day - EMI 4009
1974: If Ma Could See Me Now / Hold On - EMI 2178
1974: All I Ask Of You / Never Gonna Letcha - EMI 5006
1977: Man Overboard / My Heart Beats Faster - Release RL 870

The Swarbrigg brothers, Seán Kenny and Gene Bannon had left the band when Benny White, Vinny Baker and Paul Mitchell joined The Times.


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