The Strand Showband
aka The Strand, The Strands, The Strandsmen

Images courtesy Geoff Parkinson

Line-up included  
Billy Hamilton aka Yorke Hammill vocals,valve trombone, percussion
Geofge Hamilton Valve trombone, vocals, percussion.
Edmund Hutton lead guitar,vocals
Steve Green ?? guitar
Ray Millar bass
Roy Bingham drums
George Hamilton trombone
Burt Robinson vocals, trombone, flute, percussion
Jim Bingham trumpet
Maxton G Beesley drums, replaced RB



One of the most popular and successful showbands to come out of Ireland were the Strand Showband. In the mid-60s/70s, they were the first showband to work in nightclubs in England, as opposed to ballrooms. Managed originally by George Downing (Liverpool) who introduced them to Maurice King (London) who also managed the Walker Brothers, Dusty Springfield, Rocking Berries etc. They were based in and around Manchester, but worked all over the UK and Europe, and recorded with Philips Records. They topped the bill in all the top venues in Manchester, and were amazing crowd-pullers.

Line-up was Billy Hamilton, lead singer, sax, valve trombone, percussion. Burt Robinson, vocals, trombone, flute, percussion. Jim Bingham, trumpet, percussion. George Hamilton, Valve trombone, vocals, percussion. Ray Miller, bass guitar, vocals. Edmund Hutton, lead guitar, vocals. Maxton G Beesley: Drummer, impressionist (Manchester born!) Does anyone remember seeing them?

Burt Robinson

Saw them many times, mainly Offerton Palace, great entertainers!!

Dave Garnett

I remember seeing The Strand Showband a few times at THe Club Royale in Preston.  Great sounding band and fabulous live show. 

Alan Letts

Used to see The Strand Showband at "The Wishing Well" in Swinton lots of really good memories they were a good crowd puller. Had many a Good Friday night in "The Well"

Margaret Parkes

George Hamilton is my Dad and Billy Hamilton is my uncle! It is lovely to hear that people still remember them it makes me proud!

Joanne Wallace

My uncle is Edmund Hutton. The band lived with my family back in the 60's and the address on the picture, Derbyshire Road in Sale is where they lived whilst in the Uk. My mum, Elizabeth Cragg (nee Hutton) looked after them and my dad, Tony Cragg managed them for a while. Great memories!

Alison Cragg

The name Steve Green keeps appearing on this info, as a guitarist for The Strand Showband. He was never a member of the band while it was popular.
I don't think that I ever met him.
Sadly Edmund Hutton who was our guitarist has recently passed away.

Ray Millar

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john chapman says...
Hi Frank,
Did Ed Hutton move to South Africa in the eighties with his wife Jenny returning to the UK in the late ninties early twenties?
29th December 2016 4:28am
Ray Millar says...
Hi John,
Ed and Jenny and family did go to South Africa but did eventually return to Manchester. Ed has since, sadly passed away. Jenny is still well.
Regards, Ray
6th January 2017 11:36pm
john chapman says...
Thank you Ray. Very sad news , Ed and i were very close friends from the late eighties until his unfortunate return to the UK. I myself returned to the UK from SA for different reasons a couple of years ago and have been attempting to trace Ed's ... Read More
12th January 2017 12:40am
Ray Millar says...
Hi Ron,
I did have a Dalmation dog, how did you know that? My wife and I got divorced 40 years ago and she passed away about 10 years ago. I have lived in London for about 35 years and I am still an agent.
6th January 2017 11:41pm
Frank Hunter says...
Hi Ray Happy New Year , Have you any idea were Bertie lives ? ask Max he didn't know. Billy is in Perth at the moment his Daughters live there .Cheers Mate keep in touch Frank
8th January 2017 6:05am
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