The Royal Blues Showband

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Frank Gill (sax),

Vincent (trombone)

Brian Carr (bass)

Doc Carroll (guitar)

Shay O’Hara (vocals),

Don Flanagan (drums),

Bobby Smith (trumpet), and

Brendan Arnold (guitar).

Formed in Claremorris, Co. Mayo in April, 1963, the Royal Blues were one of The West’s first successful top tier showbands. They were managed by the late Andy Creighton, who would later guide the fortunes of the Plattermen, Memories, and a host of other bands. The band made it big very quickly and within six weeks of being formed, went on a tour of the Irish halls in the United States. They would also tour the States every year after that during Lent, during which time the Irish dancing scene closed down.

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