Although the pub rock explosion is remembered as a distinctly U.K. -- and, more specifically, London -- based phenomenon, more than a handful of its greatest practitioners actually hailed from considerably further afield. Eggs over Easy and Roogalator's Danny Adler were Americans, the Winkies' Phil Rambow was Canadian, Little Bob Story was French, while Bees Make Honey, one of the most fondly regarded of the genre's originators, was founded on the remains of one of Ireland's most popular showbands, the Alpine Seven.
That band's leader, string bassist Barry Richardson, moved to London in the late '60s, performing with both the jazz act the Brian Lemon Trio and a country-rock group Jan & the Southerners. Fellow Alpine Seven members Ruan O'Lochlainn, Deke O'Brien, and Mick Molloy soon joined him in England and, with the lineup completed by American-born drummer Bob Cee, the unnamed quintet settled into a residency alongside Eggs over Easy at the Tally Ho pub in north London.
They officially became Bees Make Honey in January 1972, the name was suggested by O'Lochlainn's wife, Jackie. Under the inventive aegis of manager Dave Robinson, whom they shared with bothBrinsley Schwarz and, informally, Kilburn & the High Roads, the band graduated to other venues on the fast exploding pub rock circuit; Robinson also oversaw their first recordings, cut at Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire during 1972.
In this form, Bees Make Honey cut a second album for EMI, only for the label to reject it and drop the group from the roster. A move to the DJM label proved similarly disastrous, with another album's worth of material cut and then shelved. By fall 1974, Bees Make Honey had broken up, with Richardsongoing onto his own Barry Richardson Band. Demick and Finlayson subsequently resurfaced in Meal Ticket and Byrne moved onto Ace. AMG.listen here