The band was formed in 1986, by lead vocalist & enigmatic frontman Mickey Sands, after he left another popular local rock'n'roll revival band Shorty & The Heartbeats (with whom he sang and played drums). Originally called The Chevrolets, they were a semi-professional outfit, playing mainly around pubs and clubs in their hometown of Belfast, where they rapidly gained a strong following. Within two years of their formation, a local promoter, Michael Magill, persuaded the boys to leave their 'day jobs' and turn professional, and he became, and still remains, their manager. They changed the name at this point to The Chevys (since everyone had started calling the band that anyway!) and since then The Chevys have become one of Ireland's top showbands. The line-up has remained vitually the same since that time, with the exception of the lead guitar spot, which has changed only twice since 1986 - original guitarist Ally Byrne being replaced by Marty Madden, and subsequently by Graham Johnston who currently fills the role! The Chevys are all fine musicians, and all sing - indeed, their 5-part harmonies coupled with their energetic stage show certainly make them stand out above other bands. Over the years, they have toured in Ireland, England, Scotland and even Sweden, and have released many CD's featuring their versions of the rock'n'roll covers which have become their trademark. They perform these songs in their stage show, mixing them with more contemporary material, at dances all around Ireland and, more recently, on cruise ships. For anyone who has never seen The Chevys 'live', it will be a bit harder to appreciate the total energy and excitement which the band generate at their shows - not to mention the outrageous comedy talents of lead singer Mickey Sands!
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