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.

Kim sang with Waterford's Footappers but does anyone out there know her full name?


Amy Hayden was the featured singer with Earl Gill's Showband which became The Hoedowners

Evelyn O'Meara fronted The Mystics , formerly The Jivenaires


If you know who Ireland's first female Pilot was, do please let us know.

Tracy fronted The Grassroots. Where is she now?
Well, we had an answer from Tracy herself!
Hi great site. You have under our picture where is she now. Well I'm still living here in Dublin. I have three grown up children. A son married in Canada with three fab children and two beautiful daughters. One engaged and living in Tipperary and the other living with my sister in Perth Australia. My husband Paul Byrne is reputed to be one of the finest bass players and has gigged and recorded with the best. Thanks for the memories, happy days. Tracy.

Colette Wilkinson, sister of Colm Wilkinson, spent some time with The Gentry

The original Margo, a Belfast pop-singer not to be confused with Margo from Donegal


Paula Whelan from Moate was vocalist with the Royal Safari Showband.

Chips first two female members were singers Linda Martin and Annie Ferguson both from Belfast.


Eileen Reid tasted stardom with Dublin's Cadets Showband

The Murphy sisters, Nancy and Florence, brightened up The Satellites


Terri Martin joined The Fiesta Showband after winning a nationwide talent competition

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