Nobody ever said it would be easy. Cooped up in a minibus with six or seven 'lads', changing in a toilet or a mineral-bar, dealing with amorous punters and then facing the long journey home. It's not a surprise that well over 95% of showband member were male. On these pages, IrishShowbands.Net turns the spotlight on the girls who threw in their lot with a showband and became stars in their own right.

Deirdre Wynne teamed up with Seán Dunphy in Earl Gill's band, The Hoedowners

 

Barbara Dixon, formerly of Maxi, Dick & Twink, joined The Royal Showband in the late 1960s

Mae Kelly, who sang with her father's band, is mother of Keith and Lorraine McDonald of The Showband Show and The Conquerors respectively

 

Eleanor Nodwell was featured vocalist with Michael O'Callaghan's Showband from Buttevant, County Cork

Dawn Knight joined Pat Campbell's Showband and they changed their name to The Casuals

 

Mara Faine was featured vocalist with the top Derry showband led by Johnny Quigley

Betty Impey was vocalist with The Des*etts

 

Kay Barry sang with The Diplomats

Can anyone identify the 'blue lady' with this County Tipperary showband?

 

Lala Hardin was the featured singer with The Slieve Foy Showband.

Donna Gale sang with The Grafton Showband from Cookstown.

 

Thelma Hall sang with The High Seas from Larne.

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