The Kardinals (Bangor)

The Kardinals won the Queens Court Hotel in Bangor Best Band of the year competition in 1964 and played local venues such as the King's Hall for ice-s kating (frozen fingers), Ulster Hall with Herman's Hermits, King George V Youth Centre, Top Hat, Lisburn and many rural venues. Subsequently they moved to Manchester and then to Europe to play the American Army base camps (half of NI was out there). Eventually played American Army base camps in France where the band disbanded. Desi Donnelly is the father of the well known singer/songwriter guitarist Dan Donnelly who fronts his band Sonovagun.

by Ian Henry

Lead Vocals: Victor McGuigan and Joan Forsythe
Lead Guitar:
Desi Donnelly
Colin Kennedy
Morton Corbett
Trumpet: Ernie Milligan
Victor Seaton
John Hanna
Manager: M. O'Neill
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