Phil Richardson is my great uncle. He is left of centre, playing the
saxophone, in the photo on your website. I have another photo of the
Phil Richardson Showband. I also have a photo of the Kilcoran Melody
Dance Band, which I think is a precursor to the Showband. In that
picture, Phil Richardson is the fiddler.
Phil Richardson was born in Scartnaglorane, Ballylooby, Cahir,
Tipperary around 1919. At the time of his death, he lived on Abbey
St in Cahir. I don’t know much else about the band. I found a
clipping on the web from a Tipperary newspaper in 1964:From
the Nenagh Guardian:
At the Borrisokane Show dance on Thursday night next, Borrisokane's
'Harvest Queen‘ will be crowned. The Phil Richardson Bandshow will
supply the music for the dance, which is always one of the most
popular social events in the area.
There is a family story about Phil Richardson. As a child, he was
upstairs in the bed with his mother when the “Black and Tans” barged
into the house. Phil made a rude gesture toward them and cried “ha,
ha big man” and Phil's mother thought for sure they would pay for
it. Luckily, the Black and Tans left without disturbing the house
further. I remember that music played some part in the Black and
Tans entering the home, either because they heard music or the
family was known to enjoy music, which was considered an offense.