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Showband Heroes Episode 3: Pat Kelly

Episode 3 of ‘Showband Heroes – Dancing in the Dark’ features Pat Kelly, whose career spans over fifty years. Pat played with some of Ireland’s most popular bands, including The Cowboys, Tweed, Louise Morrissey, Mick Flavin, Michael English and Robert Mizzell, among others. Here, Pat gives a unique and fascinating insight into The Showband era and why country music, in particular, still endures, almost unchanged, over the years.

In 2020, TaRP recorded a number of online events in its limited series, ‘Music – A Bridge Over Troubled Waters’. The response left the producers in no doubt that music could re-connect, reawaken and re-invigorate the common, cross-community bond that endured even through our darkest days. For that series, musicians were mainly drawn from the folk/acoustic genre. This time, the focus is on stars from the showband, cabaret and rock groups who entertained mixed audiences from the early Sixties through to the late Seventies; many of whom still attract large audiences to dancehalls and concerts. Ironically, the Showbands remain the unsung heroes of their time, but now their priceless legacy is finally being acknowledged and honoured.

Produced and presented by Stephen Travers.

Online Producer: Tracy Dempsey
Executive Producer: Eugene Reavey
Co-Executive Producer: Joe Campbell

Showband Heroes – Dancing in the Dark’, ‘Speaking for Myself’ and ‘Music – A Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ are Truth and Reconciliation Platform educational projects, hosted by The Miami Showband Peace Centre Online and assisted by consultant and coach, Tracy Dempsey. The ‘Showband Heroes’ and ‘Speaking for Myself’ series are assisted by Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

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