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.

Angela Blacoe shared a stage with Senator Donie Cassidy in The Firehouse 5 + 2

 

Maria was the female member of Tommy Drennan's Top League from Limerick? What was her surname? (thanks to John O'Regan)

The Royal Earls was Sandie Jones' first showband.

 

Can you name the female singer with Lurgan's Carlton Showband?

Wendy Hutchison and Maria Dowdall spent some time with The Arrows.

 

Una Hodge sang with The Footappers in the early '70s.

Muriel Day sang with Dave Glover's Band and married the bandleader!

 

Did someone once say that musicians would do anything for a crust?! Bernadette Deegan (in the skirt) sang with The Tartans.

Can you send us any information on Tara who replaced Tony Kenny in The Sands?

 

Patsy Fayne was the only female member of Paddywagon

April South was The featured vocalist with The Silver Pennies.

 

Who was the Philomena with The Dawnbreakers?

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