Photos 1975 – 2008

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

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





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.

On 1st August 2005 however, at 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. It took three years to organise but 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 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 (brother of Dana) and Barry Woods (ex- Newmen and Real McCoy).

Back onstage again in 2008 in Belfast

Limerick / November 2008









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