Wild Colonial Bhoys
The Wild Colonial Bhoys are Adam Coolong and Geno Carlson - two young veterans of the Minneapolis rock scene from different backgrounds but with a shared Irish heritage.
Since their first show in November, 2003, The Wild Colonial Bhoys have garnered much respect in the Twin Cities Irish music scene, and recorded their first EP Graffiti on the Wall in May of 2004, of which over 1000 copies sold in just six months.
The Bhoys frequently play at O’Malleys Irish Pub when they travel down to Missouri.
They also have a version of Kinky Boots, which alas is not the Patrick McNee and pre-Pussy Galore Honor Blackman 1964 song (listen here), but an updated anti-British Army version of the classic I’ve got a brand new Combine Harvester.
Combine Harvester was a huge hit in Ireland for comedian Brendan Grace - you’ll find it referred to in Parliamentary debates. Before that it was a number 1 hit in Britain for the Somerset legends, The Wurzels. Both are a reworking of Brand New Key, which was of course originally written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Melanie (Safka) and a huge hit in 1971 - often called The Roller Skate Song. So there.
Here’s the Wild Colonial Bhoys performing indoors in O’Malley’s Pub at the 2008 Weston Irish Festival:
And a video from O’Malley’s Pub at the 2007 Weston Irish Festival: