These are the people in the
photograph from left to right: Michael 'Ripper' Carty, Joe McDonagh,
Paul McManus, 'Ski' Foy, Noel McGowan, Michael Gilmartin and Tommy
The showband was originally
called 'The Heartbeats', but when they joined the Irish Federation
of Musicians, we had to change the name to The La Bamba Showband, as
there was a Dublin Band also called
The Heartbeats. They became P2.
The photograph on your website
was taken in the mid-1980s. The band was active from c. 1962 to
mid-1969. The band played mainly in the Connacht counties along with
Donegal, Cavan and Longford. The original line up of the band
appeared in a documentary on BBC television in 1964.