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Kingdom Showband Feature ()

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The Story

(Our thanks to Eileen Harkin for her help with info about the band)

The Kingdom Showband were founded in 1961 and managed by the late Maurice (Mossie) Burke. The Kingdom spent two seasons as the resident band at the Hydro Hotel Kilkee for two seasons and two more seasons at Horans Ballroom, Ballybunion. From Tralee, Mossie emigrated to London in the 60's and continued to play the ballrooms and dance ahlls across Ireland and the UK. Many members of the band over the years we Irish lads living in London. 
 
Early band members together with Mossie Burke were Jimmy Geary (who also played with the Southlanders), John "Sean" Redahan, Oliver Merrigan, Eddie Greene, Kenny Kent, Frankie Quinn, John Lehane and Bill O'Dowd.  Heading into the 1970's other members with Dad were Don Cotter (formerly with the Kevin Flynn Showband), Pearse Fletcher, Frank McCrory and Eddie Cummins (the only ever non-Irish band member, coming from Glasgow).
 
There is only one vinyl recording of The Kingdom Showband, a double sided single called "Once a Day" and "Since Your Heart Wants To Be Free".  The recording of a live album at The Wellington in Shepherd's Bush was mooted, but never transpired. 
 
Mossie Burke also had a connection with The Vanguard Six from Tralee, as he managed them for a while.  I notice a great picture of them on the website, but can only name one of the faces as being Brendan O'Carroll, who is still a family friend.
 
My Dad disbanded The Kingdom in the mid-seventies, when he moved back to live in Tralee.  He was a well-known publican, owning The Brogue Inn and famously started up what was then the illegal pirate station Radio Kerry!  It was broadcast from a mobile home parked in Castlegregory!

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Years Vocals Guitar Bass Drums Keyboards Sax Trumpet
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Discography

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