Carlton Showband

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The Carlton Showband is a Canadian musical group of the Irish genre. Formed in Brampton, Ontario in November 1963, the band initially named themselves the Carlton Danceband in reference to Toronto's Carlton Street where Maple Leaf Gardens was located.

The initial recording lineup included 5 musicians from Ireland: Chris O'Toole (leader), Christy McLaughlin, Mike Feeney, Seamus Grew, Sean McManus, and Fred White (the lone Canadian, from Nova Scotia). By their second album release, Irishmen Johnny Ferguson and Mitch McCoy were added. McCoy departed after 2 years, replaced by Bob Lewis (of Nova Scotia). This would be the most popular lineup from approx. 1968 through the mid-70s, and for most of their award-winning RCA years.

They were the regular band on The Pig and Whistle, a popular CTV television musical variety show that aired from 1967 to 1977.

Despite the end of their regular national television series exposure, the band continued to perform until their dissolution in 1996. Fred White continues to do the occasional show using the Carlton Showband name.

McManus died 1989; O'Toole in 2005; Patterson in 2007; Lewis in 2008; Feeney in 2011; McLaughlin in 2014.[1] Grew and White are the surviving members from the popular 1960s lineup.



Year Album Chart Positions CRIA
CAN Country CAN
1966 The Merry Ploughboy
1967 The Carlton Showband
A Night at the Pub
1968 On Tour
1969 Carlton Showband at the Pig 'n' Whistle
1970 Time Gentlemen Please
1971 Best of the Carlton Showband 44
Carlton Showband Special
1972 Carlton Country 36
Sing Irishman Sing 36
1973 By Request (If You're Irish)
1975 Any Dream Will Do 30
1976 One Up on the World
1977 Here We Go Again 15 75
20 Gospel Favorites Platinum
1978 Sixteen Most Requested
1979 Hard Times 8
1980 Back to the Sod 12
1982 Three Steps to Heaven
1985 Reflections
1986 We Wish You a Merry Christmas
1988 25th Anniversary
1990 Catch the Spirit
1993 25 All-Time Favorites


Year Single Chart Positions Album
1966 "The Merry Ploughboy" 4 The Merry Ploughboy
"Up Went Nelson" 53
1972 "Roll It Around in Your Mind" 21 3 Carlton Showband Special
1973 "Red Haired Mary" 49 12
"Old Johnny Bucka" 77 Carlton Country
1974 "There's Nothing Like a Newfoundlander" 33 Any Dream Will Do
1975 "Any Dream Will Do" 14 18
1976 "Harper's Ferry" 32 One Up on the World
"Sadie the Cleaning Lady" 20 18
1977 "More Than Yesterday" 24 Here We Go Again
1978 "A Melody You Will Never Forget" 18
"Half Hour Later in Newfoundland" 25 Sixteen Most Requested
1979 "Hard Times (Comin' Down Again)" 10 Hard Times
"He Believes in Me" 12

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ November 15, 2014 Toronto Star

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