Tuesday 10 December 2019

Sadness at passing of showband legend

I WAS very saddened at reading of the passing of John Hardy, founder of the legendary Blue Clavons Showband.

John was undoubtedly the "Daddy of the Dublin Showbands".

In the late-50s the place to be on a Monday night in Dublin was the Teachers' Hall in Parnell Square -- and all you needed was two and six.

The Blue Clavons were very much a family band but quite a few big stars learned their craft from John.

The 1958 frontman was the late Butch Moore; Jimmy Hogan was on guitar. Some time later, Dickie Rock joined the band to finish his apprenticeship with John, the other great Cabra man.

The only piece of electronics in the band was a two-octave "clavoline" stuck on the right-hand end of an ordinary piano.

John could make this sound like anything from Red River Rock to Ave Maria. The band wore blue suits, hence the Blue Clavons.

The notice of John's passing made for sad reading but the memories that flooded in immediately softened the sadness. There's probably a new band in Heaven already. May John rest in peace.

RJ Hanly
Screen, Co Wexford

Irish Independent

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