Supreme ef­fort to pay trib­ute to Der­mot Kelly

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

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.

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