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Stephen Travers

Musician

Stephen Travers is a highly talented musician from Carrick-on-Suir. He was born 12th January 1951.  At age 14 he starting playing guitar. He paid five quid for his first bass guitar which was an Egmund.

Serving his teenage apprenticeship on bass he played mostly with Gay Brazel (Tweed) and Dave Prim before eventually joining 'The Mick Delahunty Jnr. Orchestra' for a taste of the Showband scene. Stephen reckons he learned a lot about arranging and orchestration in that band, whose repertoire spanned 'Blood, Sweat and Tears' type material through to 'Glen Miller'. Leaving the Orchestra Stephen moved to the London scene, mixing wedding bookings and dance bookings with session work until in 1975 he returned to Ireland.

On his return to Ireland, Stephen joined Des Lee, Brian McCoy, Tony Geraghty and Fran O'Toole in 'The Miami Showband'. It was the heyday of the Showband and the Miami were one of the leading bands of that era.  Stephen remembers first meeting Johnny Fean at the 1975 STARLITE music awards in the Portmarnock Country Club, Dublin. The Miami won the award for 'Best Irish Band' that year, while Horslips won 'Best Irish Rock Band'. Rory Gallagher, who was at the awards, was very taken with Stephen's Rickenbacker Stereo Bass and, after carefully inspecting it and its gold plated fitments, he brought Johnny Fean and Barry Devlin over the do likewise. Other award winners that year were The Bay City Rollers for 'Best International Pop Band' and Van Morrison for 'Best Irish Solo Artist' .

Although the Miami were having incredible success, Stephen and Tony Geraghty had been tentatively planning to form their own progressive rock band, but due to a terrorist incident in Northern Ireland they never got that chance. Returning home from Banbridge July 31, 1975 Stephen was injured and Fran, Brian and Tony tragically lost their lives. The Miami reformed as the 'New Miami Showband' and toured onwards, but the following year, tired of recognition due to the terrorist incident rather than his music, Stephen set aside his performing career to take up bass guitar tutoring.