More of The Bumblies and other Merseybeat bands on Liverpool
1964 - 2011
The Bumblies Live! at Cheshire Cats
New Line Up - First Appearance 28th September 2011
Welcome folks to The Bumblies website. Back again after many years doing jobs and things.
The band started out at the end of 1963 at the height of the Merseybeat boom calling
ourselves after a popular BBC comedy show about space puppets called the Bumblies. The band developed into a
hard driving Rhythm and Blues outfit some way away from the style of the Beatles. As part of the third wave of
Liverpool beat music, The Bumblies became one of the most popular bands in and around Liverpool. In 1966 the band changed their name to The
Cryin Shames and had a hit record with a cover of the Drifters number "Please Stay".
In 2009 three of the original band members George Robinson, Dave Ferguson and Charlie Gallagher met up with a
view to playing once again. Two of the three Dave and Charlie went on to re-form The Bumblies and the band
re-launched at the world famous Hard Days Night Hotel, Liverpool in August 2009. The band is back playing
authentic Merseybeat in and around Liverpool reminding people of the magic that was 1964.
The Bumblies are appearing at the Annie Kell Concert on 13th October at Tallalulahs Late Bar in New Brighton to
support Cancer charities. Hope to see you there.
Rockin at the YPC Friday 28th October
Return To The Cavern
The Bumblies returned to The Cavern once again on June 26th as part
of the Merseycats marathon. The band played their now famous 1964 Cavern Set featuring many of the songs the Beatles played
before they were famous.
The band have been recording some great tracks in the studio for release later this year. Here's
a sneak preview with Steve Maloney on Vocals
At The Conny Club -Back After 46 Years
I stood on the stage looking back at the backdrop of John and Paul commemorating their now famous first paid
appearance as the Quarrymen in 1957 and it just struck me how fortunate I was to have been around when the Beatles
changed the world.
I grew up opposite the club and spent most of my youth kicking a football around the car park outside the club.
I can't remember the day they played there, but probably I was too busy playing football to worry about some gang
of scruffs playing skiffle, and after all I was only 10. My band The Bumblies (Originally called The Soundtracks)
had their first serious practice there and that was the reason we just had to go back and play the venue. In all
those years it hadn't changed much, other than some different wallpaper and of course the price of drinks (Still
very cheap by the way). The area surrounding the club now resembles Beirut on a bad day, which is a great shame as
in my day, whilst we didn't have much money, it was a good place to grow up. We had the Broadway Club with Joe
Royle Snr's band The Saturated 7 playing every weekend. Joe junior of course played for the greatest football club
in the world Everton (Ed: opinion). Some weeks, stars who were appearing in the city would end up at The Broadway
and very often would get up and do a few songs. Just down the road was The Montrose Club, owned by the same guy
(Ernie Mack). The Montrose was of course where MerseyCats first played. Within just a few miles there must have been 30 or more social
clubs and it was there, where we started to get our first bookings. The Conny club like many other clubs and
pubs in the UK has suffered following the smoking ban and the increasingly draconian drink drive enforcement
procedures over here and they are fighting to keep their entertainment going. MC Andy from Searchin did a great
job on the night and our thanks go to him for the invite. I had some difficulty in getting through the first few
numbers, as I kept looking at the spot where my dear old Mum used to sit every week. Most Saturdays the club
would empty out and we would entertain a crowd of late drinkers at our house. My dad worked for Grants of St
James so there was always plenty of Booze. And the cuisine....Ahhhh Tripe, butter beans and Pea and Ham
soup...fond memories. Videos of Conny Club.
Charlie Gallagher of the The Bumblies and more famously The Cryin' Shames
got wed on Sunday 29th August 2010 to the lovely Lissa. It was a great day topped off by some Fab music in the
evening from The Bumblies, Beat Club and Free Spirit. Instead of wedding presents Charlie and Lissa asked for
donations in support of Zoe's Place, Derian House and the Orphans Charity and we are pleased to report that
over £2,300 was collected on the day. Lissa and Charlie presented the cheques to three charities at a
recent Merseycats show.
You Should Have Been There...
Back After 46 years. The Bumblies were part of the original Merseybeat boom of the sixties playing at all the
famous Liverpool venues of the time including the Cavern, the Iron Door Club, the Orrell Park Ballroom and many
more. The band then morphed into The Cryin' Shames who developed into the most popular band in Liverpool after the
From Bumblies to Cryin Shames
The band started up in 1964 and reformed in 2009 playing in a number of venues in and around Liverpool including
The Cavern, The Hard Days Night Hotel and MerseyCats. If you would like to read the history of the band, two of the
original members Dave Ferguson and George Robinson recount their memories.
The Bumblies today consist of original members Charlie Gallagher and Dave
Fergy joined by Steve Maloney one of Liverpool's top guitarists who is fondly referred to
as "Baby Bumblie" as he still has his teeth. Colin Gort, one of the best keyboard players in the North of
England and Stuart Lynch on bass.