Kevin Woods Showband, Drumshanbo

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Here's a question for your next pub-quiz - "Where did Ireland's first Royal Showband come from?" The answer is not Waterford, it's Drumshanbo, County Leitrim! Kevin Woods led Ireland's first Royal Showband but probably regretted his choice of name when his Waterford contemporaries began to sweep the country.

Vocals: Shaun O'Dowd
Lead Guitar:
Frank Walpole
2nd Guitar:
Stan McCormack
Shane Woods

I remember the Kevin Woods Showband so well, Kevin's Sister was thr Vocalist, Maureen, I went to school in Carrick with her two Daughters, Evelyn and Maura. Two German Boys joined the band at one stage, Alec Firberric and Rudy Mingen.


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