By Richard Kelly:
The Trend band-members resided in Derry City but the band
was managed first by Eddie Davis and later by Tony Byrne in
Dublin, working out of the same office as Red Hurley and the
Under the management of Eddie Davis in Derry City, the Trend
Showband embarked on a professional career in 1969, entertaining
in the various NATO bases in Germany, Italy, Greece and Turkey.
After returning, the band enjoyed playing the Irish Ballroom
venues and released a couple of 45s getting a fair amount of air
play. Around this time Tony Byrne from Dublin took over
management and the band continued on a busy schedule playing the
dance halls all over Ireland and also travelling to Toronto,
Canada to play the Maple Leaf Ballroom.
This came about when Sean Jordon heard the
band perform on a Monday night in the National Ballroom in
Dublin. In 1974 Richard Kelly, Donal Sweeney and Ray Beales
emigrated to Canada. In 1975 some of the remaining members also
emigrated to Canada reforming the band and continued to
entertain from coast to coast. Richard Kelly rejoined the band
on drums. Today, Eddie Sweeney, John Murray, Peter Roddy, Hugo
Carlin, Tony Mc Gonigle and Michael O' Doherty live in the Derry
area, while Richard, Ray and Donal still live in Canada.