This newspaper advertisement
for a dance in February 1967 is significant in the history of
Irish popular music. Kindly sent to me by Keith McCoy, son of
Brian McCoy who was murdered with two Miami Showband colleagues in
1975, this 'two-band session' in Newcastle, Co. Down, may have
been the first time that the paths of Brian and The Miami crossed.
Brian (kneeling, front left in the photo above) was
the featured member of The Secrets and six months later, he was
asked to join the 'new' Miami Showband, replacing Tommy O'Rourke
who had left to form The Sands.