If you were a punter in the '60s, you will remember the bandwagon rolling into town in the afternoon of the dance in the local ballroom or marquee; if you were a band-member you will remember the bumpy, pot-holed roads, the snatched 15 minutes of sleep, the heater breaking down in the middle of winter, the sheet of plywood separating the gear from the seats and the hierarchy of who-sat-where! Not many bands included their trusty old Morris, Bedford, Commer or Transit in their photos but here are some that we have collected over the years. (Lynch bus on right is a Marris FG - Colin Williams)

The Barristers from Derry in their luxury bandwagon Ballina's Pasadena Showband
The Editors from Cahir with their BMC FG (Colin Williams) The Carlton Showband pictured with their Morris bandwagon. The Cossacks from Ballymena travelled in a Bedford bus
The Columbia Showband from Arklow with their Commer bus Rock band Elmer Fudd pictured behind their Ford Transit bandwagon
The Flamingoes from Dundalk with their Morris bandwagon The Boston Stompers with their Morris J2 bus.
Some Northern bands had luxury buses because of the long round-trips they often had to make. This is The Gaylords wagon. The Footappers with their Commer FC bus
Like many of their contemporaries, Waterford's Blue Aces travelled in a VW Minibus. This Austin A60 van looks quite small, it may have been for transporting the Jimmy Johnston band's equipment
Maurice Lynch's Morris FG bandwagon? Not the CIA but The Freshmen! Another trusty Morris van, this one belongs to The Gay McIntyre Showband from Derry.
The Irish Bands Archive is an ongoing work in progress. Photos, cuttings, posters, adverts, names, line-ups, etc. to be added are always welcome and appreciated. If you have anything to contribute, please contact us by email. If you run a similar website, let us know if you would like to link up with us. Huge thanks to Colin Wilson of Limerick Classic Cars Club who identified some of the buses.
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