Stamps to commemorate showband scene

The glory days of the showband scene are to be immortalised on four commemorative stamps, it was revealed today.

The glory days of the showband scene are to be immortalised on four commemorative stamps, it was revealed today.

Stars of the era to be featured included Joe Dolan and his brother Ben in The Drifters, The Miami with Dickie Rock, The Freshmen, renowned for writing their own hits, and the Royal who went on to play in Las Vegas.

The set of stamps remembers the 1950s to the early 70s when Irish showbands ruled the domestic music scene with about 700 bands criss-crossing the country every night to play in halls and at dances.

Barney Whelan, An Post director of communications and corporate affairs, said the stamps show the high esteem people still hold the showbands in.

“Irish stamps speak volumes about the high regard in which their subject is held by this state and by its people,” he said.

“As these new stamps travel on letters and parcels throughout this island and abroad, they carry with them our pride, respect, fondness and admiration for the showband era as whole; and for all those individuals and groups who made it so very special.”

The stamps were designed by artist Steve Simpson, based on photography by Michael O’Reilly and Sean Magee.

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