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Barristers Showband Story (1963-1966)

Photo Gallery - Band Lineups - Discography - Audio samples - Where Are They Now?

The Story

The first advert for the Barristers Showband we have found is in October, 1963 when they were coming "direct from the Boom Boom Room" in Belfast. We have read that they had a six month residency in the famous northern night spot which must have been in 1963. Based in Derry, the band was managed by Eddie Davis and may well have been one of the first wave of "gimmick" bands in the country as apparently in their early days, they dressed in barristers' costumes, including the venerable white wigs.  

Although we are not sure when they actually went on the road, by early 1964, they were playing many of the biggest venues north and south of the border. In either late 1965 or early 1966, the band released its first and only single under the Barristers' name, "The Way It Feels To Die" which featured male vocalist Mike Cassidy.

During 1965, the band often announced tours abroad to London, the USA and Spain. It is difficult today to validate that these tours took place as many bands of the era made these kinds of claims from time to time as it helped improve their image at home and usually couldn't be verified by local dancers. In the case of the Barristers, it appears to have been mainly true as it was regularly reported on.

After the summer of 1966, a major change took place when the Barristers went off the road and a new band, the Bankers took over under the same management. As of March, 1967, Mike Cassidy was still with the band, but we think not long after Charles "Chuck" McGuigan took over as the lead singer so we think Mike Cassidy may have left the band.

Other than the fact that Charles was in both bands, we have no idea whether it was, indeed the same band, or a totally different set of musicians except for with only him remaining. 

More to come.....

Photo Gallery

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Barristers (RF) Barristers (RF) Barristers (RF) Barristers (RF) Barristers - 1965 (RF)
   
Barristers - 1966 (LR) Barristers - 1965 Barristers Showband Coming Soon Coming Soon
Years Vocals Vocals Guitar Guitar Bass Drums Trombone Sax Trumpet
1965 Mike
Cassidy
Tresa
"Mille" Dee
Charles
McGuigan
Ray
Jordan
Joe
Bonner
Barney
Mullan
Seamus
Cragh
Bill
Bonner
Jack
Bonner
                   
                   
                   

Discography

The Way It Feels To Die / Love Looks Good On You (featuring Mick Cassidy)
Emerald Records - MD 1038 - Unknown

Audio Clips

         
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Where Are They Now?  

Mick Cassidy: Unknown, if you have any info, please let us know.
Tresa Dee:  Unknown, if you have any info, please let us know.
Charles McGuigan:  Unknown, if you have any info, please let us know.
Ray Jordan:  Unknown, if you have any info, please let us know.
Joe Bonner:  Unknown, if you have any info, please let us know.
Bill Bonner:  Unknown, if you have any info, please let us know.
Jack Bonner:  Unknown, if you have any info, please let us know.
Barney Mullan:  Unknown, if you have any info, please let us know.
Seamus Cragh:  Unknown, if you have any info, please let us know.

 


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