The Carlton Showband were formed in 1963 in Ontario, Canada, by a group of Irish-Canadians. Fred White, Chris O'Toole, Christy McLaughlin, Seamus Grew and Sean McManus comprised the original lineup, but Mike Feeney, Johnny Patterson and Bob Lewis joined soon after. After two popular singles for Quality Records ("The Merry Ploughboy" and "Up Went Nelson"), the Carlton Showband's self-titled album appeared in 1966 on CASL Records. The following year, they became the houseband for Canadian CTV's Pig and Whistle Show. They stayed for ten years and released 13 albums in that time: another self-titled LP in 1967, A Night at the Pub (1967), The Carlton Showband on Tour (1968), The Carlton Showband at the Pig and Whistle (1969), Time Gentlemen Please (1970), Carlton Showband Special (1971), Carlton Country (1972), If You're Irish (Carlton Showband by Request) (1973), Any Dream Will Do (1975), Carlton Showband First Choice (1975), One up on the World (1976), Here We Go Again (1977) and 20 Gospel Favorites (1977), plus three greatest hits compilations.
After the show was cancelled, Carlton Showband released Sixteen Most Requested (1978), Hard Times (1979), Back to the Sod (1980), Three Steps to Heaven (1982), Reflections (1985), We Wish You a Merry Christmas (1986), Carlton Showband's 25th Anniversary (1988), Catch the Spirit (1990), and 25 All-Time Favorites (1993). With lead singer Gregory Donaghey (who joined in 1974), the current lineup includes Fred White, Roddie Lee, Robert Benoit, Larris Benoit and Aaron Lewis. ~ John Bush, Rovi