Play It Again Paddy: Drogheda: A Town Steeped In Music

Play It Again Paddy: Drogheda: A Town Steeped In Music

by Harry O'Reilly


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"Play It Again Paddy" presents a light-hearted journey through the recent past of Drogheda's social & musical history. It provides a snapshot of some of the town's finest orchestras, showbands and groups, from the 1940s through to the 1970s. It includes profiles of some of Ireland's nationally and internationally acclaimed musicians most of whom the author has enjoyed sharing a stage with during the course of his career.

The book follows the writer and his friends through the exciting era of the 1950s & '60s, a wonderful time to be in the music industry. Most of the musicians were semi-professional, as was the author, and were obliged to hold down a day-job as well as play into the early hours of the morning.

Some of the showbands & orchestras featured in the book include:

  • The Flying Carlton Orchestra
  • Joe Hal's Band
  • Pat Jackson Orchestra
  • The Gate Cinema Orchestra
  • The Astoria Orchestra
  • The Adelphi Orchestra
  • The Kay Martin Band
  • The Stephen McCann Orchestra
  • The Silver Seven
  • The Eldorado Showband
  • The Checkmates Showband
  • Dermot O'Brien & The Clubmen
  • The Mountaineers
  • The Cyril Jolley Trio
  • The Denver Showband
  • The Jim Carton Group
  • The Cotton Mill Boys
  • The Martin Showband
  • The Heartbeats
  • The Roadrunners
  • The Trolls
  • The Toppers Showband
  • The Chancellors Showband
  • The Louis Smith Orchestra
  • The Bee Vee Five
  • The Delta Boys Showband
  • The Dubliners
  • The Cluskey Hopkins Guinness Jazz Group
  • The Tigermen Showband
  • The Jubilee Orchestra
  • The Chancellors Showband
  • The Underworld
  • The City Showband
  • The Barleycorn
  • The Prefects
  • The Sonna Boys
  • The Glenn Miller Legacy
  • The New Sound
  • The Lads
  • Again
  • The Carlton All Stars
  • The Drogheda Musical Society
  • The Ravens
  • The Arrows
  • Drogheda Brass & Reed Band
  • The Comet Tones
  • The Marksmen
  • Tracks
  • Reunion
  • The Pantomime Orchestra
  • Zounds
  • The Munster Family Accordian Band - 1936
  • The City Showband
  • Swiss Trio
  • Redwood
  • The Square Penny
  • The Blue Beats
  • El Companeros
  • The Boston Showband

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780957291614
Publisher: Harry O'Reilly
Publication date: 07/20/2012
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Harry O'Reilly was born in Drogheda, Ireland and began to learn music from the early age of seven. His first instrument was the accordion and from a very early age he performed to large audiences both on radio and stage.

In his early teens he replaced his accordion with the guitar and started playing in local showbands. His first showband gig was at the age of fourteen when he travelled across country with a local band. He recounts this and many more light-hearted stories from the era in the book "Play It Again Paddy".

Among the bands he played with were The Checkmates, The Toppers, Louis Smith's Delta Boys Showband and The Chancellors.

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