Donegal County Museum are seeking the public’s help with a forthcoming exhibition on ‘Showbands and Bands of the Northwest’.

The exhibition focuses on the showband era, which helped transform Irish social life from the late 1950s until the early 1970s. In this period there were 500 showbands playing all over Ireland

A spokesperson for the Museum said; “We are calling on local people with memories of those halcyon nights of dancing to bands such as the Sliabh Foy Dance Band, Bridie Gallagher and Horselips to assist us with this exhibition by lending us items such as tickets, posters, newspaper cuttings, record sleeves, photographs, autographs, clothes and other memorabilia.”

The exhibition panels on loan from Derry City and Strabane District Council and complied by Johnny Murray, will give a flavour of many of the famous showbands from the North West  that gained fame during the 1950s, 60s & 70s – including  The Clipper Carlton from Strabane, The Melody Aces from Sion Mills, the Capitol and many more.

They added, “This exhibition is going to bring a lot of memories back to those who went to those dances all over the county from the Lilac in Carndonagh, the Fiesta in Letterkenny to Borderlands in Muff and everywhere in between!”

The exhibition is part of the Errigal Arts Festival and runs from early July to early September.

If you can assist with this exhibition, please contact Caroline in Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny. You can call: 074 9124613 or email [email protected]

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