King of the Swingers

Written by
Paddy Cole
Tom Gilmore
Foreword by
John McColgan
Paddy Cole

Paddy Cole, affectionately known as The King of The Swingers, has taken his style of Jazz, Dixieland and Swing band music all over the world – and back home too. He is the grand old man of Irish Showbiz. Heart-warming and hilarious, this book is full of great stories from the world of music.

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The colourful story of the 80-year-old saxophone player and singer affectionately know as The King of The Swingers. Paddy Cole has taken his style of Jazz, Dixieland and Swing band music all over the world – and back home too. Paddy Cole is the grand old man of Irish Showbiz who still is young at heart and has built a new radio career with his show on Dublin’s Sunshine Radio every Sunday. His story is as heart-warming as it is hilarious!


Tom Gilmore is a journalist, author and broadcaster with The Tuam Herald and Galway Bay FM. He was recently honoured for his outstanding contribution to country music presented by Big Tom himself. Tom Gilmore has been writing about country music for over 30 years. Big Tom said of Tom Gilmore:

"Tom and myself go back a long long way. He is one of the nicest people in the business and it is great to see that he is being honoured here tonight. He has always been a gentleman since the first time I got to know him. I think this has come as a big surprise to him."

Fantastic … will make a great stocking filler

Sunday World's Eddie Rowley and Marc Roberts on Galway Bay FM

Time is running out … get it while you can

Sunday World, Fr Brian D’Arcy

The new book by Paddy Cole is a welcome addition to the list of memoirs from those who created a unique contribution to Ireland’s musical history. Paddy has seen it all; from his days as a child prodigy playing in Castleblayney with his dad and Maurice Lynch, to the Capitol showband, the Big 8 and his own trad band, Paddy has starred in and survived every twist and turn in a notoriously fickle business … All the great stories are here … It’s a superb read and a sure-fire hit for the Christmas stocking ... Get it while you can … Paddy Cole’s memoir is excellent

Sunday World, Fr Brian D’Arcy

As heart-warming as it is hilarious

Ireland’s Own, Michael Lyster

Fascinating and brilliant stories

Virgin TV’s 6 O’Clock Show

His book is a real page turner, full of delightful memories from the early showband years to more recent times, and sprinkled with Paddy’s natural and infectious style of storytelling

Irish Farmers Journal

Most enjoyable

Dublin Gazette

The book is absolutely fantastic … a wonderful book … a great Christmas present

RTE Radio’s Countrywide

It’s brilliant

Newstalk’s Pat Kenny Show
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