TULLAMORE man Dave Lawlor is set to launch his ‘Greatest Hits’ album.
The Showbands were a truly unique Irish entertainment phenomenon from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s and produced such names as Brendan Bowyer, Dickie Rock, Joe Dolan, Butch Moore, and Red Hurley to name but a few.
The popularity that the showbands still enjoy around the country today owes a lot to Dave Lawlor as in 1991 Dave started the whole revival of the showband era.
Dave turned professional in 1985 and spent the next five years building up his name and profile around the country doing cabaret, song contests and anything he could to climb this ladder.
He also released his first single in 1989 called ‘Don’t Give In’ written and produced by Roberto Danova who also wrote many hits for Joe Dolan.
In 1990 Dave put his first band together under the guidance of Noel Carthy and Willie Carthy. They went on tour in November 1990 doing their first gig in the famous Mount Brandon Hotel in Tralee.
In January of ’91, Dave, Noel and Willie decided to put together a medley of showband hits and release a single to promote the new show. The single was aptly names ‘Nostalgia Time’. It hit the airwaves in February and was an instant hit. It took off like wildfire all over the country on radio stations.
In early March it went into the Irish national charts at Number 3. In the following weeks it moved up to Number 2 and was only kept from the top spot by Bart Simpson.
With the success of ‘Nostalgia Time’ Dave was in great demand appearing on all major TV shows which included Kenny Live, The Kelly Show, on UTV, The Bibi Baskin Showband Show and Live at Three. Dave and the band also appeared live from the National Concert Hall with Larry Gogan and Ann Doyle. Dave and his band toured all over Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, and Sweden. In the following five years, three more medleys followed and all hit the top five in the National charts.
2011 is the twentieth anniversary of the release of ‘Nostalgia Time’ and is still being played by all the major radio stations and DJ’s in the clubs all over Ireland. Since its success Showband Shows have been selling out venues and they are still going strong.
Since 1996 Dave has had huge success with hits such as ‘Slipaway’ (which was given to Dave by his good friend Derek Davis), ‘Drive Safely Darling’, ‘Boolavogue’ and ‘San Bernadino’ all making a big impact on the Irish National Charts.