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The Hy-Kells

The Hy-Kells
The Hy-Kells
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Formed: 1966
Musical Genre/Type: Pop/Classical

Line-up:
Rich McDonald - Bass Guitar (Leyfields)
Plus: Drums, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocals

Tamworth Herald – 02/03/73
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The Hy-Kells
The Hy-Kells are no strangers to the Tamworth music scene, having played at local night spots as well as providing the entertainment at such functions as dinner-dances and presentations.

Formed seven years ago, the group has played at all the top Birmingham night clubs and was the first ever band to buy a kidney machine.

“We organised and played at several dances and cabaret spots to raise the £1,400 for the kidney machine which we donated to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital” explained manager George Hyatt.

The Hy-Kells also donated two television sets to the same hospital and is still highly involved in charity work.

They appeared on Radio One Club last year and played in front of a crowd of over 40,000 at the St. Andrews football ground during Birmingham City’s promotion year.

The five-man group includes a drummer, three guitarists (bass, rhythm, lead) and a lead singer. Rich McDonald is the bass guitarist and he lives at Tamworth’s Leyfields Estate.

Polydor are interested in the group, and have asked for a demo record.

“All being well, we could have a single released in the near future”, said Mr. Hyatt.

The group plays every type of music, from pop to classical, and next appear in the area on March 2, at Drayton Manor.

Gigs:

1970
12/04/70

The Hy-Kells
Tamworth Progressive Club

1971
11/04/71

The Hy-Kells
Tamworth Progressive Club

08/05/71
The Hy-Kells
Wilnecote Working Mens Club

09/05/71
The Hy-Kells
Grendon Working Mens Club

15/05/71
The Hy-Kells
Polesworth Working Mens Club

07/08/71
The Hy-Kells
Tamworth Progressive Club

24/12/71
The Hy-Kells
Tamworth Progressive Club

1972
21/01/72

Tamworth Radio Taxis Charity Dance
The Hy-Kells
Glascote Working Mens Club

1973
11/02/73

The Hy-Kells
Polesworth Miners Welfare Club

03/03/73
The Hy-Kells
Tamworth Progressive Club

10/03/73
The Hy-Kells
Polesworth Miners Welfare Club

20/03/73
Hy-Kells
Tamworth Progressive Club

29/03/73
The Hy-Kells
Polesworth Working Mens Club

17/04/73
The Hy-Kells
Tamworth Progressive Club

19/04/73
The Hy-Kells
Polesworth Working Mens Club

22/04/73
The Hy-Kells
Wood End Working Mens Club

06/05/73
The Hy-Kells
Tamworth Progressive Club

11/05/73
Midland Red Sports and Social Club
Bob Mason (9 piece orchestra)
Plus The Hy-Kells
Tower Suite, Drayton Manor

31/05/73
The Hy-Kells
Polesworth Working Mens Club

09/06/73
The Hy-Kells
Polesworth Miners Welfare Club

16/06/73
The Hy-Kells
Tamworth Progressive Club

26/6/73
The Hy-Kells
Tamworth Progressive Club

04/08/73
The Hy-Kells
Polesworth Working Mens Club

10/08/73
The Hy-Kells
Glascote Working Mens Club

27/08/73
The Hy-Kells
Fazeley Victory Working Mens Club

28/08/73
The Hy-Kells
Tamworth Progressive Club

02/09/73
The Hy-Kells
Polesworth Miners Welfare Club

15/09/73
The Hy-Kells
Kingsbury Working Mens Club

16/09/73
The Hy-Kells
Amington Liberal Club

11/10/73
The Hy-Kells
Polesworth Working Mens Club

14/10/73
The Hy-Kells
Polesworth Miners Welfare Club

30/10/73
The Hy-Kells
Tamworth Progressive Club

11/11/73
The Hy-Kells
Two Gates Working Mens Club

14/11/73
The Hy-Kells
Polesworth Working Mens Club

09/12/73
The Hy-Kells
Amington Liberal Club

11/12/73
The Hy-Kells
Tamworth Progressive Club

1974

17/02/74
The Hy-Kells
Tamworth Progressive Club

06/07/74
The Hy-Kells
Polesworth Working Mens Club

26/07/74
The Hy-Kells
Two Gates Working Mens Club

15/12/74
The Hy-Kells
Two Gates Working Mens Club

24/12/74
The Hy-Kells
Amington Liberal Club

1975

09/01/75
The Hy-Kells
Polesworth Working Mens Club

22/02/75
Hamel and Son Grand Dance
Hy-Kells Show Band

Drayton Manor, Tower Suite

04/04/75
Kwil plus The Hy-Kells
Wilnecote Sports and Social Club
Tower Suite, Drayton Manor

05/04/75
The Hy-Kells
Kingsbury Working Mens Club

09/05/75
Midland Red Sports and Social Club
Annual Dance
Phoenix 4 (formerly Hy-Kells)
Plus Sounds International Showband

Drayton Manor

31/05/75
The Hy-Kells
Kingsbury Colliery Social Club

12/09/75
The Hy-Kells
Gills Cables Social Club

02/11/75
Hy-Kells
Elford Working Mens Club

1976
11/01/76
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Kingsbury Working Mens Club

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