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- n. Plural form of showband.
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There was no national pop radio station until 1979, international bands rarely visited and showbands playing covers held a stranglehold on the national network of ballroom venues.
His father ran the Queen's Hall ballroom in Hollywood, a seaside resort 10 miles from the city, and took the young Gary to see the showbands who performed there regularly, playing pop cover versions and country and western tunes.
Go ahead, watch the top showbands of the country and you'll see what I mean.
For years during the Troubles, Irish showbands - often made up of musicians from North and South - believed they operated outside the political and sectarian divisions.
And why didn't an endless workload turn all those drab Irish showbands into world-beaters?
For example, the broadcaster Gerry Anderson was on the first episode of The Panel, telling a few funny stories about the showbands from his book Heads, and at no point did anyone on the Panel point out that this is actually a superb book -- and there aren't many of them around these days.