The Would Be’s (1990)

The Would-Be's circa 1990's

From Kingscourt in Co. Cavan, The Would Be’s were formed in 1989 by the Finnegan brothers from ashes of The Nobody’s. The Would Be’s were Julie McDonnell (vocals), Mattie Finnegan (guitar), Paul Finnegan (guitar), Eamonn Finnegan (bass), Pascal Smith (drums), Aidine O’Reilly (trombone/sax/violin ). They released a self financed single ‘I’m Hardly Ever Wrong’ in 1990 on Danceline Records which was championed by John Peel for whom they recorded a session in February that same year. The single made it to number 12 in that year’s Festive Fifty. Julie McDonnell later left and was replaced by Eileen Gogan. The band broke up in 1992 but reformed for some gigs in 2000 with Karen Cunningham on vocals duties. Check out their entry in the Dublin Opinion ‘Great Irish Bands’ series.

I’m Hardly Ever Wrong (1990)

8 Responses to “The Would Be’s (1990)”

  1. Allan Quigley Says:

    Aideen O’Reilly played trombone/sax not Aidan

  2. Fanning Sessions Says:

    Thanks Allan!

  3. Original line up of the Would Be’s are supporting Frank & Walters in the Workman’s Club on 31 March according to Paul Linehan. Might be worth a look…

  4. Fanning Sessions Says:

    Thanks Dave, well spotted

    Dave heard Paul talking about this last week on Phantom’s ‘Pure Morning’ show. Found this article online where he also mentions it but of course those young whippersnappers call ’em “The Would Bees’..

  5. Eric Murphy Says:


  6. Fanning Sessions Says:

    Fixed the spelling on Aidine’s name, even Tony Clayton-Lea made that mistake so I am in good company. Incidentally Aidine is now on twitter..

  7. Fanning Sessions Says:

    The Would Be’s are reforming for a once off gig supporting the Frank & Walters on March 31st 2012. More details here

  8. Fanning Sessions Says:

    So anyone got the 1992 Fanning session?

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