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For the past few years i have been researching the golden era of irish showbands and beat groups, from 1958 to 1975.

During that time, I have written a 60-part series for Ireland's Own magazine, as well as numerous articles on this topic in various publications.

I also run the website, which is a 'work in progress'.

I am writing to ask readers if they might be able to help with information on some of the lesser-known showbands and beat groups from that time. The details I need are:

1, name of band/group; 2, names of members; 3, instruments played; 4, town/city where they were based; 5, changes in line-up; 6, year formed, year disbanded (or changed name); 7, records released (include B-sides and name of label); and 8, any significant fact about the band/group.

If anyone reading this can fill in all, or some of the blanks, I would be grateful if they would kindly let me know. They can email me at or, alternatively, they can write to me at the address below.

FRANCIS KENNEDY The Croft, Boyhill, Athenry, Co Galway

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