He wants to re-create for the younger generation the extraordinary effect that Big Tom and The Mainliners
had on a whole generation of emigrants.
According to Spotlight magazine, the bible of the entertainment business in the country at the time, the Top 10 bands in 1968 on the basis of average crowd attendance were (in alphabetical order): Dixies, Dreams, Drifters, Freshmen, Hoedowners, Miami, Mainliners
and Big Tom, Mighty Avons, Royal, Sands.
The song, which was written by Maurice Soye and which is also contained on Boxcar Brian's new album, I'M JUST ME, pays tribute to John Beattie and Seamus McMahon of the Mainliners
The summer was dominated by the huge success of the Big Tom and the Mainliners
Not only does Tom intend to tour with the mighty Mainliners
but he is also ready to go into the studios to lay down some tracks for a new album.
When Ireland's Big Tom recorded Gentle Mother in 1966, it was only the B side of a single featuring Ginger Morgan of the Mainliners
Henry McMahon, one of the original Mainliners
and current manager of Jimmy Buckley and Thomas Maguire and Fhiona Ennis, was suitably impressed by the talent of Leanne and Carrie, and decided to sign them up.
have long prided themselves with the tag, the band with the magic beat.
The styles of Seamus McMahon and John Beattie are at the heart of the Big Tom and the Mainliners
sound and are what has made them such favourites with thousands of dancers since the mid-1960s.
Big Tom and the Mainliners
will now play a date in the Iontas Theatre in Castleblayney on Tuesday night, 15th November.
THE biggest-selling country video and DVD this Christmas is Big Tom And The Mainliners
, Galtymore 2004.
Here you'll find Big Tom and the Mainliners
with Lonesome At Your Table, the famous Clipper Carlton from Strabane with Can a Bluebird Fly, Brian Coll singing his lonesome Cattle Call and also Walk On By, and Roly Daniels with the title song, Old Ireland Is Goin' All Western.