The Swarbriggs

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Not to be confused with Swarbrick (disambiguation).

Thomas (Tommy) Swarbrigg and John James (Jimmy) Swarbrigg are Irish music promoters and former pop musicians. As The Swarbriggs they represented Ireland at the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest with That's What Friends Are For. As The Swarbriggs Plus Two, with Nicola Kerr and Alma Carroll, they competed again in 1977 with It's Nice To Be In Love Again. The brothers wrote both songs.

From 1964, Tommy played trumpet with Joe Dolan's showband, The Drifters (not to be confused with the American group). In 1968 he and the other backing musicians left to form The Times Showband, with Jimmy added as vocalist. The brothers wrote their own compositions, unusual for a showband. By 1973 they had their own television show on Radio Telefís Éireann and worked independently of the showband, leaving altogether in 1975. In later years they had various business ventures, including promoting concerts in Ireland for various Irish and foreign artists, including Smokie, Leo Sayer, The (American) Drifters, Jack L, Wolfe Tones, and Richie Kavanagh. The brothers were attributed as the inspiration for the 'My Lovely Horse' music video in the channel 4 television series Father Ted.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tina Reynolds
with "Cross Your Heart"
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
1975
Succeeded by
Red Hurley
with "When"
Preceded by
Red Hurley
with "When"
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
1977
Succeeded by
Colm Wilkinson
with "Born to Sing"