Definition of showband in English:



  • 1A band which plays cover versions of popular songs.

    • ‘The Johnny Quigley Band and a host of showbands came out of the city over the decades.’
    • ‘Foley was busy organising dances and hiring showbands for the hotel.’
    • ‘The Southern Hotel in Sligo has the absolute best in showbands and country legends over the Christmas season.’
    • ‘It was the best training in the whole world, working with Irish showbands.’
    • ‘The popular magazine is now carrying a regular feature on two showbands each week and is compiled by Frankie Kennedy from Athenry.’
    • ‘It will be a four-hour party with food supplied by Rory Dolan and staff and music from many of the area's leading showbands and musicians.’
    • ‘Castlerea has always had a strong tradition of music and involvement with the showbands.’
    • ‘His great colleague Brendan Bowyer, whose recording of The Hucklebuck remains the definitive showband song of them all, clearly recalls the sad occasion.’
    • ‘Music for the evening was supplied by one of New York's top showbands - Tommy Flynn and his band.’
    • ‘Vera and her husband Martin had a great fondness for the showbands and the music scene.’
    • ‘His early career was spent in showbands but, on hearing a Barney Kessel album, he became interested in jazz and, since then has dedicated himself to that music.’
    • ‘Peter is a member of the famous Sheridan family who were involved in music and showbands all their life.’
    • ‘In earlier years, Pat was associated with a number of showbands, both as a musician and a manager, and was widely known on the music circuit.’
    • ‘Many people from this town have featured in some of the top showbands over the years.’
    1. 1.1 A band, especially a jazz band, which performs with theatrical extravagance.
      • ‘Eddie Masterson from Tubbercurry was the mascot for all showbands way back then.’
      • ‘She had a great interest in music too - particularly the music of the sixties - and had a wonderful knowledge of all the singers and showbands of the day.’
      • ‘The showbands took the party sound and harmonies, refined them, classed them up with brass and keyboards, and finished the mix with a dash of Las Vegas.’
      • ‘This week, we return to Ballina and feature the Dominoes, a showband that enjoyed considerable popularity in the area during the early to mid-1960s.’
      • ‘The Sailors were a very popular showband and played at venues around the country for a number of years, being particularly popular in their local counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Laois, Kildare and Wicklow.’
      • ‘In the fifties, theatrical companies put on some fine productions whilst in the sixties and early seventies some of the top showbands graced the stage.’
      • ‘Mattie also had a great love for the showbands and dancing and was well known at the carnivals in Ballymoe and in the Savoy-Casino in Castlerea and other venues around the region.’
      • ‘John intends to feature ‘specials’ on many of the big showbands from the 1960s and 70s.’
      • ‘The song, composed by Paul Keating from Silkwood, is dedicated to all those who played with the showbands from the Tuam area down through the years.’
      • ‘Back in the 1950s and 60s, Paddy was closely associated with the carnivals in Castleplunkett and had a great liking for the showbands of the era.’
      • ‘The late 1970s saw all the big showbands of the time visit the Macra Hall in Abbeyleix.’
      • ‘The considerable musical skills of brass band members were passed on to others, who went on to successful careers in the showbands.’
      • ‘She was wife of well known musician Patsy Haugh who fronts the Phoenix Showband and who was a former member of a number of well known showbands.’
      • ‘For half a dozen years, the showband remained at the top of the popularity charts.’
      • ‘He is one of those entertainers who served his apprenticeship with well-known showbands, such as the ‘Premier Aces’ and ‘The Magic Band’.’
      • ‘They also shared memories of the showband days when John's brothers Frank and Vincent were members of the hugely popular Royal Blues showband who toured the Irish centres in England during the 1960s.’
      • ‘The hall was opened in 1969 and during the 1970s attracted capacity crowds for the showbands that played in the hall every Sunday night.’
      • ‘Ita loved the music of the showbands and the country bands and traditional Irish music.’
      • ‘Each week, he featured a look at one of the well known showbands from former years.’
      • ‘A generation ago our young people got much of their indoor entertainment from dancing to the music provided by the showbands of the time.’