Supreme effort to pay tribute to Dermot Kelly
BACK in the days of showbands there was one particular band that reigned supreme throughout the dancehalls of Ireland and that was Wexford’s own Supreme Showband.
And a big part of what made them so popular around the country was the distinctive singing voice of lead vocalist Dermot Kelly.
Throughout the late 60s and early 70s, the Supreme packed the halls and dancefloors with their faithful covers of the big hits of the day. They even made the Irish charts with their first single ‘I Can’t Go Back To Boston Again’, penned by two more famous sons of Wexford - Larry Kirwan and Pierce Turner.
Dermot sadly passed away in August this year but the memory of his music will live on and to help perpetuate that memory, some of his former collaborators and musical buddies are coming together for what promises to be a night of great music and memories.
The show takes place in the Riverbank House Hotel on Thursday, 18th October and will feature a line-up of some of Wexford’s best-known performers. House band for the night comprises Andrew Smith, James Sullivan, Bill Doyle, Phil O’Byrne and Johnny Dunne with Sharon Clancy and Ruth Kelly featuring on vocals.
There will also be a ‘Supreme Showband Tribute’ with former band members Don Sadler and Robbie Furlong joined by Ger Busher, Anthony Ryan, Toddy Walsh, Gary Maguire, Phil O’Byrne and Bill Doyle.
Also appearing will be Des Whelan, who is MC for the night, Maurice McCarthy and Don Sadler’s Jazz Band.
Admission is €10, with finger food included, and Wexford Hospice will be the benficiary of a raffle and any surplus monies on the night. The show gets under way at 8 p.m. Tickets are available from the hotel 053
The Supreme Showband (l to r) Jimmy Flynn, Don Sadler, John Shanahan, Dermot Kelly, Declan Kelly, Robbie Furlong and Dave Golding.
The late Dermot Kelly.