Miami 2011

21st April 2011. The Turn On The Light Event at The Silver Springs Hotel and Convention Centre, Cork was a resounding success. Steve Travers and Noel Magnier organised this sell-out fund-raiser in aid of St Vincent De Paul. The Miami Showband entertained a packed house and there were fine performances also from: Dana, Johnny Fean, Derek Ryan, Shindig and Crystal Swing. A wonderful night.

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The Miami Showband Massacre Book Launch

11th September 2007. Former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds is one of the guest speakers at The Miami Showband Massacare book launch, an eye-witness account written by Stephen Travers. The book was co-written by Neil Featherstonhaugh and is published by Hachette Ireland.

Miami Showband Massacre

Miami Showband Massacre Editions 1 and 2


Extract from The Miami Showband Massacre

Reproduced from the Lisa Richards Agency website


The Miami Showband Massacre Book Launch

The Miami Showband Massacre Book Launch

A big thank you to everyone for their support on the day.

Former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, speaking at the launch of The Miami Showband Massacare book in Eason’s of Dawson Street in Dublin, recalls when he ran out of petrol in Northern Ireland.

Former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, speaking at the launch of The Miami Showband Massacare book in Eason’s of Dawson Street in Dublin, explains his role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland. The book was written by journalist Neil Fetherstonhaugh and survivor, Stephen Travers.

Pat Kenny
Pat Kenny RTE Today Programme
This is a terrific book and an important book


Joe Forde Chesterfield
Trying to understand the past is what this book is all about. On a deeply personal level for Steve Travers, who, though shot and badly injured, miraculously survived that night in July 1975 when three of his fellow Miami band members were killed by the U.V.F. at a road block returning from a gig in the north of Ireland; and on a more detached level for those of us who were not part of these events first hand, but who nevertheless vividly remember the shock, horror and revulsion we experienced when we heard of the news as it broke on our T.V. screens back then. The quest for a better understanding of terrible past events is the surest way of avoiding them being repeated, and in this regard this book may make a not insignificant contribution to safeguarding the peace which has now been found on the island of Ireland. For Steve Travers, co-writing the book has clearly been a cathartic experience, and his journey to that point is recounted in a way that takes the reader deep into his private thoughts and emotions, as he grapples with trying to make sense of that horrific night that turned his world upside down. It’s a rewarding journey as the result is to witness the incredible power of the human spirit to overcome such events. On another level, the book is a celebration of the way musicians, weaving their magic, can reach into people’s souls in ways that transcend sectarian political and cultural divides. His memories of the showband era are both fascinating and thoughtful in this regard. One of these is his recollection of being auditioned for the bass guitar vacancy with the Miami; he recalls how he listened to several of the best bass players in Ireland get up one by one and do their paces and was understandably impressed; yet after only two minutes jamming with the band at his turn, it was Steve who got the job, with the guitarist in the band( Tony Geraghty) shouting out ‘No Contest’ and the singer (Fran O’Toole) saying ‘This is the man I want!’. Anyone who has seen Steve Travers play bass guitar will have no doubt as to the accuracy of his recollections-his musical talent is as awesome as it is unique.The contribution from the other co-author, Neil Fetherstonhaugh, is also skillfully effective. The combination of his contextual narrative interspersed with Steve’s poignant quotation passages, results in a seamless account of the events as they unfold, as well as plenty of scope for reflective analysis. Overall a very worthwhile endeavour; one that is ultimately uplifting and, on many levels, offers hope for a brighter future.
Tony Curtin Tipperary, Ireland
At last the lid has been lifted on one of the worst atrocities ever to take place on this island. Stephens story of it is at once informative, frighteningly sad, tension filled, but never less than truthful. If one never had the privilege of meeting Stephen Travers in person, his almost apologetic tone throughout this book is indicitave of a man whose sense of forgiveness is noble in the extreme while at the same time, cogniscant that the families of those who perished may be at odds with his point of view. One can also gauge that here is an individual who though by nature is a person of utter gentleness, possesses a unique sense of determination and steely resolve. This book, for all its sadness, is a must have and for Irish music fans, is highly recommended. That it is written by a gentleman and top class bass player (with Neil Fetherstonhaugh) is an added bonus
Tom Widger Sunday Tribune
This is a chilling read, culminating in a chilling encounter with a UVF man who regrets that he and his fellow butchers ‘didn’t do more’.
Noel Welch
Noel Welch Evening Echo
It is a fascinating read from a man who just wanted to be a musician and entertain people regardless of their religious or political beliefs.


John Byrne RTE Guide (Ireland's biggest selling weekly magazine.)
This is a remarkable story of an extraordinary man who was eventually willing to face his would-be assassins.

‘The Miami Showband Massacre – A survivor’s search for the truth’ by Stephen Travers and Neil Fetherstonhaugh is available online at the following outlets:

 <<Trade Paperback: Ireland & U.K. / U.S.A. / Ireland

 Paperback: Ireland & U.K. / U.S.A. / Ireland

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Miami 2008 Tour

On September 16th 2008 The Miami Showband returned to Vicar Street in Dublin for a very special concert to say “thank you” to The Irish people for their love and support for over three decades. The three legendary figures of the showband era were accompanied by three of the greatest musicians this country has ever produced, Johnny Fean (Horslips), Gerry Brown (Dana) and Barry Woods (The Real McCoy). On the following night, September 17th 2008, the Miami Showband travelled north for a sister concert at The Royal Opera House in Belfast in a symbolic gesture to finally reunite their massive fan base that was spread throughout every city, town and village on this island. The public demand for these concerts is the ultimate proof that the music of The Miami Showband has indeed outlasted the sound of the guns that attempted to silence it and drive a wedge between two great communities. The profits from both concerts were donated to the “Children in Crossfire” charity.

The Miami back on stage again in 2008 in Belfast

Miami Showband UCL Concert Hall, Limerick 15 Nov 2008

Miami Showband UCL Concert Hall, Limerick 15 Nov 2008

The contribution of Irish showbands to the social development of this country was important and immense. As our young people grew in confidence and asserted themselves in the twentieth century, their signature tune was undoubtedly played by the talented and enthusiastic young men and women that, night after night, reproduced the sounds of the era in the ballrooms throughout the length and breath of the country. Times were innocent and exciting. Their journey mirrored and, sometimes, drove the musical taste of a young population. Some, like their fellow musicians in classical orchestras and traditional jazz bands, were content to cover the music of others while some attempted to incorporate their own original ideas, arrangements and compositions into their nightly repertoire. Naturally, “he who pays the piper calls the tune” and usually even the more adventurous showbands toed the line and played the familiar songs of the day.

One of the bands that managed to carry its audience along as it developed into a modern world class act was The Miami Showband. No other band in the world has the pedigree or history of The Miami Showband. Undoubtedly it has achieved mythical status and the names of its musicians are indelibly written into music and social folklore; its sacrifice forever burned into the soul of a country. Nevertheless, it would be all too easy to let the legend obscure the music; but it was the music that really mattered to the millions of people around the world that constitute “the Irish Diaspora” and loved The Miami Showband from the very beginning. During the sixties and seventies, hundreds of thousands of adoring fans packed the dance halls and concert venues throughout Ireland, the UK and the USA to catch a glimpse of and listen to The Miami Showband. This band, more than any other, embodied the popular music and style of their era.

It is universally accepted that The Miami Showband reached its artistic pinnacle while fronted by the young and outrageously talented Fran O’Toole. He had it all, a magnificent soulful voice, musical genius, fabulous image and a personality to match. He was accompanied by the very best young musicians in the country. Des Lee, Stephen Travers, Ray Millar, Tony Geraghty and Brian McCoy were loved by their countless fans and respected by their peers. They were unstoppable until fate intervened and took the young lives of Fran, Tony and Brian. It was indeed “The Day the Music Died”.


Caught Live

The Miami Showband,  University Concert Hall,  Limerick,  Ireland – Saturday November 15th 2008.
by John O’Regan, Limerick – freelance journalist, broadcaster, lecturer

Ireland’s showband boom had at least 600 working bands travelling the length of the country from Ballybofey to Dingle and back again in its 1960’s heyday. The showbands consisted of outfits of six to eight musicians neatly dressed in suits fronted by a charismatic front man or woman who peddled the hits of the day to eager audiences that wanted primarily to dance and mate.

The big names from the Irish show band period were Brendan Bowyer, Joe Dolan and Dickie Rock who fronted The Royal, Drifters and Miami Showband respectively. The Miami Showband was fronted by Dickie Rock until his departure in 1972. They challenged The Royal Showband for supremacy of the ballroom circuit and established a reputation for being a team effort as much as a vehicle for its front persons. They continued life until dissolving in the mid 80s

One of the leading lights was the Dublin based Miami Showband. To ears outside Ireland The Miami Showband is probably better known for being the unlucky innocent victims of a loyalist bomb attack when returning from a dance in Banbridge Co. Down in August 1975 at the height of the Northern troubles. Three members of the band Fran O’Toole, Tony Geraghty, and Brian McCoy were killed outright while two others Des McAlea escaped with minor injuries while bassist Stephen Travers was critically injured to an inch of his life and suffered traumatic recurrences and illnesses long after the event. This incident brought sectarian violence to a new height of social depravity.

In Irish show business terms this is referred to as The Miami Showband Massacre and left a poignant and permanent void in Irish musical terms.  A reconstituted Miami Showband struggled on into the 80s before becoming part of Irish social history. Move on to 2005 and a reunion of the three remaining members Des Lee (McAlea), Stephen Travers and Ray Millar occur in Dublin’s Vicar Street and the results are described by promoter Jim Aiken as ‘the greatest showband concerts ever staged’. 2007 saw the publication of Stephen Travers memoir of the 1975 massacre ‘The Miami Showband Massacre – A survivors search for the truth’. The unveiling of ‘The Miami Showband Permanent Memorial’ on Dublin’s Parnell Square brought further impetus for a reunion tour. It was to be three years later when the return happened with the proceeds going to charity. Two concerts in Dublin and Belfast allowed sufficient interest and fuelled further thoughts of a full scale reunion tour.


In 2008 a new line up was quickly formed with ex Horslips guitarist Johnny Fean, Barry Woods on sax/keyboards and Gerry Browne on vocals and keyboards and The Miami Showband played their first Irish tour in over 30 years. This return tour benefits Children in Crossfire a multi national charity devoted to disabled children in Africa and South America. Seeing Des Lee, Stephen Travers and original drummer Ray Millar who survived the fatal ambush in 75 by driving home on his own is tantamount to a historic event. Adding Johnny Fean to the recipe is a further slice of Irish music history while Barry Woods is a showband survivor and Gerry Brown’s sister Rosemary is better known as MOR artist Dana –this line up is bound to raise eyebrows as well as curiosity.

Limerick’s University Concert Hall is one of Ireland’s premier venues. Tonight the Miami Showband backline is minimal as befitting the halcyon showband period. One drum kit a couple of guitar amps, two keyboards, two saxes and several mikes that’s it – no fancy electronic gadgets or massed banks of amplification. This is an unpretentious gig save for a video screen behind the band showing highlights from their heyday.  The ‘Joy to the World Tour’ has come to town with a minimum of fuss and an understated sense of occasion.

The Miami Showband’s aim now is as was – to entertain. These guys served their time in the sweat soaked ballrooms of romance across Ireland. Musically the diet is 60s and 70s pop classics, good time party music delivered with an assured professionalism that signifies their trade. The waistlines may have evolved yet the music still has that fizz and electric energy that characterised their heyday.  From the kick off the show was delivered in a no frills manner – all six members trooped on stage at 8.00 p.m. and save for a 15 minute interval delivered two hours of classy unfussy entertainment.

The repertoire covered all points west of 60’s/70s  songbooks – Beach Boys, Love Affair, Dion, Mud, Bay City Rollers it was all here with nods to contemporaries Brendan Boyer, Joe Dolan and The Freshmen’s Billy Brown –the latter out Beached Boys the Beach Boys at a Dublin gig in 1966. Generous helpings of their back catalogue dotted the programme – nods to Dickie Rock and their mid 60s prime in ‘Baby I’m Your Man’, ‘There’s Always Me’ and nods to their breakaway band The Sands – ‘Knock Three Times’, ‘Help me Rhonda’ and ‘Yummy Yummy Yummy’. These were belted out with an assurance and the customary skill.

Original members Lee, Travers and Millar held court but The Miami were always team players and new members Barry Woods and Gerry Brown contributed their share. Johnny Fean’s guitar soared sweetly while his solo vocal on Fats Domino’s ‘Be my Guest’ reminded of seldom heard chords. Pity there wasn’t a Horslips musical nod apart from Stephen Travers’ acknowledgment of his contribution to Irish music – a ‘Dearg Doom’ or ‘King of the Fairies’ or ‘Shakin All Over’ would have done well – maybe next time?

Highlights? Hearing hits like ‘Simon Says’, ‘60s covers like ‘Everlasting Love’, the twin sax work of Des Lee and Barry Woods on a deliciously sweaty and intense ‘Resurrection Shuffle’, Des Lee’s emotive reading of Fran O’Toole’s classic ‘Love Is’, Barry Woods’ hilarious asides and multi-instrumental skills, Gerry Brown’s breathy vocals – and the banter – these guys were having a ball and everyone was invited.

Miami Showband gigs were always a mix of poignancy, fun and professionalism-this was no exception. As the final vigorous strains of ‘Clap Your Hands, Stomp Your Feet’ an Irish No. 1 saw them depart the stage the lights went out to focus on a black/white video of their one time friend and vocalist Fran O’Toole singing his own composition ‘Its Over, Goodbye’ from a 1975 RTE TV broadcast. Watching the then teenage O’Toole deliver a poignant ballad with a touching sensitivity reminded many of what was lost that tragic night in 1975. The fact that three of his fellow Miami members are together 30 years on is fitting enough – that they have formed a new and vibrant Miami Showband is even more tantalising. The Miami Showband in 2008 offers a slice of Irish musical and social history and a serious good time is guaranteed which makes nostalgia so much more fun.

John O’Regan
12 December 2008



Hi all from Copenhagen, Denmark,

Every success as you continue with great live music. Thank you for all the enjoyable performances down the years.

Very best regards,
Seamus Brogan – Regent / Palladin Showbands, Donegal



Hi Steve,
Great to hear from you and to see all that has been happening with the Miami. It is one band I have never forgotten and had times been different would never have left. But that’s life. I am not complaining as I am still having a great time. I live in Perth in Western Australia and have been here now for 22 years.

I have had a band here for 15 years which finished 7 years ago. I now enjoy a solo career using backing tracks and just finished my first Australian Tour. I have now been all over this great country and have been asked to go east to New South Wales in January 09 to take part in the biggest music festival in Oz. I did it last Jan. and they have asked me back again.

I have recorded 4 CD’s over the past few years. One is a CD of 14 of my own songs which gave me a buzz I must say. Have just finished another CD of covers which will be out beginning of Jan 09. I have had the opportunity to play a 3 month season at the Dynasty resort in Bali and also had a successful tour of South Africa 3 years ago.

For now enough about me. I am very pleased you have got the Miami running again and hope all the gigs so far have been successful. Great line-up that can’t go wrong. Would love to have been there.

Well that’s enough from me for now.

Keep in touch,

Cheers, Jimmy
Jimmy Harte, first lead vocalist with The Miami Showband



To all the band members not forgetting the sound and light personal a great night had by all at the Clifden Station House Hotel last night. What a sound. The Miami are back bigger and better. Roll on 2009 and hopefully Galway city or maybe some small town within Co. Galway.
Galway Bay FM ,MWR and Shannon Side Radio Stations i’m sure would plug the event if needed. Anyway it was nice to meet you Gerry, Stephen and Ray. May our paths meet again. Well Done and as they say keep rocking.

Ken, Glenamaddy, Co. Galway.

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Miami 1969

In 1969, Danny Ellis joined the band, replacing Pat McCarthy who had teamed up with John Farrell in The Dreams.

Front: Brian McCoy, Des Lee, Fran O’Toole, Danny Ellis
Back: Tony Bogan, Clem Quinn, Dickie Rock, Paul Ashford

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Miami 1971-1972

Martin Branigan took over the drum-stool in 1971. Brothers Frankie and Johnny Simon from Roscommon had a brief stint with the band in 1972 following the departure of Dickie Rock.

Front: Fran O’Toole, Johnny Simon, Paul Ashford
Back: Brian McCoy, Des Lee, Frankie Simon, Clem Quinn, Martin Branigan

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Miami 1972-1973

Later in 1972, the Simon brothers departed and vocalist Billy Mac joined the band.

Front: Martin Branigan, Paul Ashford
Standing: Fran O’Toole, Clem Quinn, Brian McCoy, Des Lee, Billy Mac

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Miami 1973

In 1973 Dickie Rock and The Miami Showband parted company. Some observers said it was inevitable as “the times they were a changing”. Dickie concentrated on a successful career in cabaret; singing popular big ballad classics as only he can. The Miami Showband, fronted by the dynamic young singer/songwriter Fran O’Toole, transformed itself comfortably into a modern pop group destined for international greatness.

Mick Roche (ex Vampires and Arrows) joined in 1973. Bassist Johnny Brown replaced Paul Ashford who left to form Stepaside and Ray Millar replaced Martin Branigan who went to Las Vegas with The Big 8.

Front: Des Lee, Brian McCoy, Mick Roche, Clem Quinn
Back: Fran O’Toole, Johnny Brown, Ray Millar

In late 1973, Dave Monks replaced the last surviving member of the 1965 line-up, Clem Quinn. When guitarist Tony Geraghty joined the band in 1974, Dave Monks took over from Johnny Brown on bass.

Clockwise from bottom left: Ray Millar, Brian McCoy, Dave Monks, Des Lee, Tony Geraghty, Fran O’Toole




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The Day The Music Died

BBC documentary The Day The Music Died chronicles The Miami Showband Massacre in 1975 and the devastating aftermath for Ireland’s music scene. The Miami Showband were known as The Irish Beatles and credited with being Ireland’s No 1 band. The Irish showband scene had enjoyed huge popularity from the late 1950’s, through the 1960’s and on into 1970’s… until one fateful night in July 1975.

(c) Copyright BBC


Get the latest BBC News on The Miami Showband massacre: families of three men shot dead in the Miami showband massacre have said a report into the killings indicates an RUC Special Branch agent was involved.

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Miami 1975 – The Massacre

In early 1975, bassist Steve Travers replaced Dave Monks.
This is one of the last photographs taken of the band before the massacre on 31st July 1975.

From left: Steve Travers, Tony Geraghty, Ray Millar, Brian McCoy, Fran O’Toole, Des Lee.

The scene of The Miami Showband Massacre

The Miami Showband killings (also called the Miami Showband Massacre) was a paramilitary attack at Buskhill, County Down, Northern Ireland, in the early morning of 31 July 1975. It left five people dead at the hands of Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) gunmen, including three members of The Miami Showband. The band, one of Ireland’s most popular cabaret bands, had been travelling home to Dublin after a performance in The Castle Ballroom in Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland.
The band’s minibus was stopped at a bogus military checkpoint seven miles (11 km) north of Newry. Gunmen, dressed in British Army uniforms, ordered them out of their van and to line-up by the roadside. Although at least four of the gunmen were members of the British Army’s Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR), all were members of the UVF, a loyalist paramilitary group. While two of the gunmen were hiding a time bomb on the minibus, it exploded prematurely and killed them. The remaining gunmen opened fire on the band members, killing three and wounding two. Two UDR soldiers and one former soldier were found guilty of murder and received life sentences; they were released in 1998. Read more on Wikipedia.

Directions: Scroll left and place your mouse cursor across the main road in the side road, Buskhill Rd. A circle will appear beside your mouse cursor. Click on it. The map will zoom to the junction where Buskhill Rd meets the old A1 road. Scroll right. On the left of the old A1 you will see a patch of tarmac. This is where the Miami truck was pulled over. Best viewed in full screen mode.

Scene of crime photos 1st August 1975

The RTE Documentary

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The BBC documentary

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UK charts – 1974 to 1976

  • Tiger Feet – Mud
  • Devil Gate Drive – Suzi Quatro
  • Billy Don’t Be A Hero – Paper Lace
  • Seasons In The Sun – Terry Jacks
  • Waterloo – Abba
  • Sugar Baby Love – Rubettes
  • She – Charles Aznavour
  • Rock Your Baby – George McCrae
  • When Will I See You Again – Three Degrees
  • Love Me For A Reason – Osmonds
  • Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas
  • Annie’s Song – John Denver
  • Everything I Own – Ken Boothe
  • You’re The First, My Last, My Everything – Barry White
  • Down Down – Status Quo
  • Ms Grace – The Tymes
  • Make Me Smile – Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
  • If – Telly Savalas
  • Bye Bye Baby – Bay City Rollers
  • Oh Boy – Mud
  • Stand By Your Man – Tammy Wynette
  • I’m Not In Love – 10CC
  • Tears On My Pillow – Johnny Nash
  • Give A Little Love – Bay City Rollers
  • Barbados – Typically Tropical
  • Can’t Give You Anything But My Love – Stylistics
  • Sailing – Rod Stewart
  • Hold Me Close – David Essex
  • I Only Have Eyes For You – Art Grafunkel
  • Space Oddity – David Bowie
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  • Mamma Mia – Abba
  • Forever & Ever – Slik
  • December ’63 – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  • Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John and Kiki Dee
  • You To Me Are Everything – Real Thing
  • Dancing Queen – Abba
  • Mississippi – Pussycat
  • If You Leave Me Now – Chicago

US charts – 1974 to 1976

  • No Woman, No Cry – Bob Marley & The Wailers
  • That’s The Way (I Like It) – KC & The Sunshine Band
  • Love Will Keep Us Together – The Captain & Tenille
  • Philadelphia Freedom – Elton John
  • Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
  • Sweet Home Alabama – Lyrnyrd Skynyrd
  • Lady Marmalade – Patti LaBelle
  • Rock Your Baby – George McCrae
  • Rikki Don’t Lose That Number – Steely Dan
  • You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet – Bachman Turner Overdrive
  • I Shot The Sheriff – Eric Clapton
  • I Will Always Love You – Dolly Parton
  • Pick Up The Pieces – Average White Band
  • Never Can Say Goodbye – Gloria Gaynor
  • Killer Queen – Queen
  • The Bitch Is Back – Elton John
  • You Make Me Feel Brand New – Stylistics
  • Rock The Boat – Hues Corporation
  • Young Americans – David Bowie
  • Love To Love You Baby – Gloria Gaynor
  • Rhinestone Cowboy – Glen Campbell
  • Rockin’ All Over The World – John Fogarty
  • You Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate
  • Ballroom Blitz – Sweet
  • Lyin’ Eyes – The Eagles
  • Jive Talkin’ – The Be Gees
  • Loving You – Minnie Ripperton
  • Don’t Fear The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
  • More Than A Feeling – Boston
  • Knowing Me, Knowing You – Abba
  • Tonight’s The Night – Rod Stewart
  • Young Hearts Run Free – Candi Staton
  • Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
  • New Kid In Town – The Eagles
  • Let’s Stick Together – Bryan Ferry
  • Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
  • Love & Affection – Joan Armatrading
  • Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel – Tavares
  • Misty Blue – Dorothy Moore
  • Living Thing – Electric Light Orchestra
  • Money Money Money – Abba

Also On 31st July 1975

James Riddle (Jimmy) Hoffa, one of the most influential American labor leaders of the 20th century, disappears in Detroit, Michigan, never to be heard from again. Though he is popularly believed to have been the victim of a Mafia hit, conclusive evidence was never found, and Hoffa’s death remains shrouded in mystery to this day. A Hollywood movie starred Jack Nicholson. (IMDB)

Also in 1975

  • Watergate: Halderman, Erlickman, Mitchell Convicted of Conspiracy
  • President Ford Announces Recession Policy
  • US Plane With Vietnamese Orphans Crashes …..200 Killed
  • Saigon Falls to North Vietnamese, Thousands Flee By Boat
  • Marines Rescue 39 From USS “Mayaguez” Seized By Cambodia
  • Patty Hearst Arrested By FBI
  • Ford Escapes Shot Fired by Sara Jane Moore
  • OPEC Increase Oil Prices 10%
  • Unemployment reaches 8.9%, highest since 1941
  • US and Russia agree to 5 year grain export plan
  • President Ford rejects Federal bail out of NYC
  • CIA acknowledges plots to kill undesirable heads of state
  • Died, Cannonball Adderly, Aristotle Onassis, Rod Sterling, Casey Stengel
  • Archie Griffin (Ohio State) first player to win second Heisman Trophy
  • VCR Betamax makes first appearance
  • Disposable razor introduced

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Miami 1975 – Last Official Photo

Stephen Travers had recently landed the bass player’s job with The Miami. The top gig in Ireland. The lads were clearly very at ease with their newest member. This is the last official photograph of The Miami before the tragedy.

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Miami 2005 Reunion

The Greatest Showband Concert Ever Staged

In 2005, at Vicar Street in Dublin, Stephen Travers, Des Lee and Ray Millar reformed The Miami Showband for what was described by the late great impresario Jim Aiken as “The Greatest Showband Concert Ever Staged”.

On 1st August 2005 The Miami Showband Memorial Concert at Vicar Street, Dublin the reception given to the three surviving Miami Showband members Des Lee, Stephen Travers and Ray Millar by the capacity audience was unprecedented. It was that very concert that started the ball rolling toward a full-blown countrywide reunion tour. On September 16th 2008 The Miami Showband returned to Vicar Street for a very special concert to say “Thank You” to the Irish people for their love and support over three decades. The three legendary figures of the showband era were accompanied by three of the greatest musicians this country has ever produced.
The late Jim Aiken described the now legendary “Miami Showband Memorial Concert” at Vicar Street, Dublin, on August 1st 2005 as “The Greatest Showband Concert Ever Staged”. On that occasion, the reception given to the three surviving Miami Showband members Des Lee, Stephen Travers and Ray Millar and  Johnny Fean (Horslips), Gerry Brown (brother of Dana) and Barry Woods (ex- Newmen and Real McCoy) by the capacity audience was unprecedented. Nobody could forget that magical summer night in Dublin and it was that very concert that started the ball rolling toward a full blown countrywide reunion tour. It was to take three years to organise.


Among the artists on stage during the night were: Brendan Bowyer and his daughter, Brendan Bonass, Richie Buckley, Ronan Collins, Frank Colohan, Mike Hanrahan, Fr Brian Darcey, Donnie Deveney, Ronnie Drew, Keith Donald, Jim Farley, Red Hurley, Brian Harris, George Jones, Tony Kenny, The Memories, The Indians, Johnny Fean (Horslips) , Mick Rowley, Shaun O’Dowd, Derrick Mahaffey, The Conquerors, Pat Lynch, Brendan O’Brien, Declan Ryan, Kelly (Nevada), John Keogh, Brian Maguire, Jim McCann, Pat McCarthy ,Brendan Quinn, Shay Healy, The Strangers, Des Lee, Steve Travers, Paul Ashford and Bobby Kelly, etc..

Fair play mate. It must still be difficult for you. Well done on getting on stage and talking about it. I would like to say hopefully it is over but recent events seem to suggest it isn’t. I hope it is soon.
This guy used to book my band a few years ago, lovely soft spoken guy, i never realised he was involved in miami show band inccident.? sad that nice people get hurt.
This man Steve Travers is a family friend and great guy. He used to play bass for my dads band after the miami showband.
Moccasin Starband
I had the pleasure of working for steve in the 80’s  iadmired and listened to his deep wisdom on life love and happiness,wicked sense of humor,and a great bassist, glad to hear you became a father,and just reading one of the above comments about tommy lundy now thats a shock he was a good guy rip best wishes stevie t if you ever read this i wish you peace and happiness regards to you and ann john h ex roadie etc.
That horrible event happened just 2 days after I was born. Its great that they’re still remembered today. Fair play to Steven Travers too.

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Miami 1977-1985

The “Miami” name continued until 1985, though it had tenuous links with the legendary showband of the ’60s and ’70s. Dessie O’Flaherty (until 1981) was the only link with the reformed band that played in Seapoint, Galway following the 1975 massacre.

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Miami 1976

There were more changes in 1976 following the departure of Steve Travers, Noel Ryan and Norman Clifford.

Front: Paul Kaye, Dessie O’Flaherty, Gerry Kaye
Back: Des Lee, Ray Millar, Ray Clifford, Peter Eades

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Miami 1975 – The Massacre Aftermath

After the 1975 atrocity, The Miami Showband reformed with new members and made their debut in Seapoint Ballroom, Salthill, Galway

Front: Ray Millar
Centre: Dessie O’Flaherty, Des Lee, Noel Ryan
Back: Steve Travers, Norman Clifford

It was standing-room only on that night in Galway.

The reformed Miami Showband's first performance after the 1975 atrocity was in Galway's Seapoint Ballroom.

Huge crowds turned out to welcome The Miami back in late 1975

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Miami 1967

The “new” Miami in 1967, soon after some members left to form The Sands.

Front: Clem Quinn, Brian McCoy, Des Lee, Fran O’Toole, Dickie Rock, Paul Ashford
Back: Tony Bogan, Pat McCarthy

Des Lee takes centre-stage with Fran, Brian and Pat in the background

New Spotlight Night-Out at Dublin’s Television Club

Fran’s first year with the band.

The Arcadia, Bray with Jimmy Saville

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Miami 1965

Dickie Rock & The Miami Showband – Every Step Of The Way.
Recorded in 1965, from Dickie Rock & The Miami Showband lp 1972.

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Miami 1964

In 1964 The Miami Showband rocked Sunday Night At The London Palladium.

Also in 1964 Dickie Rock and The Miami released the single Round and Around.

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Miami 1963

The Miami Showband Line-up from 1963-1967

One of the first photos of The Miami Showband, c. 1963.
Front: Joe Tyrrell. Seated: Tommy O’Rourke, Clem Quinn, Tony Bogan, Tony Harris, Murty Quinn.
Standing: Dickie Rock, Martin Phelan.

This line-up lasted from 1963 to 1967.
From left: Tommy O’Rourke, Clem Quinn, Joe Tyrrell, Tony Bogan, Martin Phelan, Dickie Rock, Murty Quinn and Dennis Murray who replaced Tony Harris.



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