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Mayo Musicians and Music : Stephen Garvey

Stephen Garvey

Representing quite a different musical genre, that of dance-band music, Stephen Garvey (1902 - 62), born in Castle Street, Castlebar, achieved prominence in the 1920s and 1930s with his own orchestra. He was particularly popular during the big band era of the 30s. One of his main claims to fame was that he led the first dance orchestra on Radio Eireann. Other popular Mayo dance bands were the bands of Tony Chambers, Brose Walsh and Jack Ruane.

The following clip is taken from "Back to Castlebar : a tribute to the late Stephen Garvey, and appears here courtesy of the Mayo Film & Video Club. Click on the relevant file below to download the video clip.

Back to Castlebar
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