The Kingbees

It was around 1963 that Maurice Boland first got excited about the music of the day, The Beatles and the Stones were happening and after a visit to Maccabi Club in Terenure and watching a young beat group performing, a very young Maurice decided to put his ‘own’ band together.  At first there was Jeff Key (now a doctor and Howard Spear and called themselves The Keynotes.  Maurice on drums (a drum!) and the other two on guitar, they only lasted a short time (luckily!) but Maurice was bitten by the bug.

Bassist Jim Hudson came along with guitarists Jay Malone, Mick Rafferty and singer Ditch Cassidy and The Kingbees were formed.  For the first year they played in the new wave of ‘Beat Clubs’; Sound City, The 5 Club in Harcourt Street The Stella, Mount Merrion, etc., then followed a spell of playing support to numerous showbands.

The country folk had never seen the likes of these long haired foursome and soon followed their first spell in Germany playing Brunswick and Hanover. The band released their only record ‘My Little Red Book’ with ‘I’m A Kingbee’ (of course) on the B-side.

Maurice left after the '66 spell in Germany and was replaced by Dougie McIlwaine from The Mad Lads. He  set up Ireland's first mobile disco and then the first discothèque in Ireland, Elizabeth’s in Leeson Street. He then went on to open Barbarella's in Baggot Street and Sachs Hotel on Morehampton Road. He now lives in Marbella, Spain with his wife Wendy and owns Radio Europe Mediterraneo, Spain’s largest English-speaking radio, broadcasting across southern Spain, on the Costa Del Sol, Costa Blanca, Costa Calida, Costa Tropican, The Canaries and Majorca, Ditch Cassidy went on to front The News. Jim Hudson and Dougie McIlwaine teamed up with (The) Movement singer John Farrell to form The Dreams.

by Maurice Boland

Town/Village/County: Dublin

Vocals: Ditch Cassidy
Lead Guitar:
Jay Malone
2nd Guitar:
Howard Spier / Mick Rafferty
Jim Hudson
Drums: Maurice Boland / Dougie McIlwaine
Discography: My Little Red Book / I'm A Kingbee
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