Forgotten showband gems to feature in new CD from Tuam

Back in the early 1960s the Johnny Flynn Showband from Tuam travelled to New York and in an unprecedented move at the time recorded a single in a state-of-the-art studio with the intention that it would become an instant hit.

It was a very ambitious career move, but unfortunately the single was never released as three members of the band subsequently quit and joined another group.

Now, 50 years later, the recording of that very same single has found its way to a new CD of showband music from the Tuam area, which is set for release before the end of the year.

This is one of the great stories from the showband era in North Galway which produced more than a dozen bands over the years. Now a selection of their music, dating back to the ‘fifties, will be heard for the very first time. Apart from the Johnny Flynn Showband, the area also produced the Ollie Maloney Showband, Gerry Cronin and the Ohio, The Bandits, The Raindrops, The Millionaires, The Liam Ivory Band, Gerry Fahy and The Fleet, Frankie Carroll and The Ranchers, The Problems and many more.