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Byelaws Feature (More To Come)

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The Story

The first mention of the Byelaws we can find is them playing at a ballroom called the Rink on Aungier Street in Dublin in August, 1967. A few months later, Pat Egan mentioned them in his column in Spotlight as a new pop band that although he thought they weren't very good, had become quite popular very quickly in the city.

The original line-up was: Maurice Walsh (vocals), Jimmy Conway (guitar), Paul Holohan (bass) and Aidan Scannell (drums). Like all the beat groups around Dublin at the time, Pat gave them plenty of mentions in his column over the next few months which were mostly devoted to the band's rapidly growing popularity, especially with girls, and the personality of their lead singer (as opposed to their musical abilities).

In July, 1968, lead singer Maurice Walsh, who was hugely popular with the band's fans, left and joined another Dublin beat group, the Purple Pussycat, although this would only last a short while as two weeks later he joined Joe Dolan and the Drifters, one of the top showbands in the country. He was replaced by Pat Morris and the band continued to grow their reputation as one of the top pop bands on the Dublin club scene. Back in those days, groups in Dublin tended to be categorised as either pop or progressive (rock).

In November, 1969, lead singer Pat was off the road for a few weeks as he was suffering from tonsillitis. He was replaced temporarily by Jimmy's younger brother who was singing with a group called Strange Days at the time.

In October, 1970, it was announced that Maxi, Dick, and Twink (the girl trio who had been singing folk songs) were forming a band called Aquarius which would featured the girls as well as musicians Paul Duffy, Ray McDonald and Jay Malone. We are not sure whether this band actually played any gigs and shortly after that, it was reported that the girls would be undertaking a tour of America with the Byelaws as their backing band.   

In December, 1970 the band went to America on a tour with Maxi, Dick and Twink playing under the name Toybox. Said singer Twink in 1971, "Maxi, Dick and Twink and the Byelaws was a mouthful and sounded like a circus was in town." The band headed off to the States and Canada and played for several months before trouble started brewing.

In May, 1971, after only five months, it was reported that Maxi,-Dick and Twink had split up with Maxi and Dick staying in Canada while Twink returned to Ireland with the band to play as Twink and the Byelaws. They hit the road in mid01971 and were soon playing gigs across the country.

Twink takes up the story from a 1972 article about her in the Irish Evening Herald newspaper. "When I came back to Ireland with the Byelaws I realised that things weren't not going to work out. We were essentially a beat group and thought there were quite a few clubs in town we couldn't stay in Dublin indefinitely."

She continued, "When we ventured down the country to the dancehalls, I felt the crowd didn't like us. In the country they preferred showbands with a mixed bag of music, especially country and western. The boys became dissatisfied and talked of returning to Canada because there was a lot of money to be made there."

Fortunately for Twink, at the same time, Brendan Bowyer and Tom Dunphy had left the Royal Showband to form the Big Eight. They approached Twink, and boyfriend Jimmy Conway to join the band after seeing them play at the Embankment in Dublin. At that point we are pretty sure the band broke up.

As an interesting aside, Twink and Jimmy would leave the Big 8 to join the new Paddy Cole Superband (who also split from the Big 8) in July, 1974. The male lead singer with the new band would be ex-Byelaw, Pat Morris. A year later in August 1975, Jimmy would once again rejoin the Big 8 and relocate to Canada.  

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Years Vocals Vocals Vocals Vocals Guitar Bass Drums
1967 Maurice
Walsh
      Jimmy
Conway
Paul
Holohan
Aidan
Scannell
July,
1968
Pat
Morris
      Jimmy
Conway
Paul
Holohan
Aidan
Scannell
Dec,
1970
Pat
Morris
Adele "Twink"
King
Irene "Maxi"
McCoubrey
Barbara "Dick"
Dickson
Jimmy
Conway
Paul
Holohan
Aidan
Scannell
June
1971
Pat
Morris
Adele "Twink"
King
    Jimmy
Conway
Paul
Holohan
Aidan
Scannell
               

Discography

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