Sunday 20 August 2017

Indians told to disband by PC posse

After 40 years on the
road The Indians are
under pressure from a
campaign group to quit
over their name
After 40 years on the road The Indians are under pressure from a campaign group to quit over their name
After 40 years on the road The Indians are under pressure from a campaign group to quit over their name

Stephen Maguire

A BAND called The Indians who dress up as Native Americans are under pressure to disband.

A US campaign group claims the band, formerly called The Casino Showband, are insulting to the country's indigenous people. The politically correct campaigners have gone as far as to contact a number of concert promoters in Ireland calling on them to boycott the band. They have bombarded various hotels and concert venues with emails as part of the campaign.

The Indians have been playing concerts across Ireland for 40 years, have their own stage names and wear costumes.

Band leader and keyboard player Eamon Keane, who is known as Sitting Bull, said he is outraged that the group are trying to claim his band are dishonouring the native American people.

"All we ever get are positive comments about our show. This is PC gone mad. I don't want to give this added publicity but it's madness.

"I have received a lot of emails from these people. I would be happy to meet them and explain to them that we are not trying to offend them.".

One of the promoters contacted by the anti-Indians group is Peter McIntyre, manager of the Allingham Arms in Bundoran, Co Donegal.

He revealed he has received six emails from the group asking them not to book The Indians anymore.

"I have been booking The Indians for 20 years and they have always been very popular," he said.

"This certainly won't stop me from booking them in future."

Irish Independent

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