Billy Mahonie

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Billy Mahonie
Origin London, England
Genres Post-rock
Years active 1997–2010
Labels Too Pure
Oof records
Associated acts Jet Johnson
Meets Guitar
The Baker Boys
The Durells
Torn Flags
I-Ality Hi-Fi
Website Billy Mahonie MySpace

Billy Mahonie was a British post-rock band.


Formed in 1997, the original line-up consisted of Gavin Baker (guitar), Howard Monk (drums), Hywell Dinsdale (bass and guitar) and Kevin Penney (bass). Their first release was on the Fierce Panda record label, a split-single with Rothko, followed by a release on the Fierce Panda offshoot Livid Meercat. By 1999 they had signed with Too Pure, who released their debut album 'The Big Dig'. That year they also recorded their first of two Peel Sessions,[1]

Despite good reviews for The Big Dig, they were dropped by Too Pure, only for Southern Records to pick them up, and release the album 'What Becomes Before' in 2001. In 2003, a third album 'Dust' was released on Tritone Records, with a new line-up of Gavin, Howard, Duncan Brown (bass) and Anthony Barratt (guitar). A collection of singles and other rarities, 'Found', was released in 2005 on Oof Records. A compilation of demos and outtakes 'Exhale on Mare Street' came out on Unlabel in 2007 and re-released in 2010 having been remastered with extra tracks.

A final album 'BM' came out in autumn 2009. The album was recorded by just Baker and Monk and was released on Static Caravan as a limited vinyl record and download. The band played their last gig in October 2010.


  • Gavin Baker – guitar (1997–2010)
  • Howard Monk – drums (1997–2010)
  • Hywell Dinsdale – bass and guitar (1997–2001, 2005–2010)
  • Kevin Penney – bass (1997–2001, 2005–2010)
  • Anthony Barratt – guitar (2002–2005)
  • Duncan Brown – bass (2002–2005)



  • 1999: The Big Dig (Too Pure)
  • 2001: What Becomes Before (Southern Records)
  • 2003: Dust, (Tritone Records)
  • 2005: Found (Oof Records)
  • 2007: Exhale On Mare Street (Unlabel)
  • 2009: BM (Static Caravan)
  • 2010: Exhale On Mare Street (remastered with extra tracks) (Unlabel)

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • 1998: Hoon - split single with Rothko (Fierce Panda)
  • 1998: Whistling Sam - single (Livid Meerkat)
  • 1999: Little Feet - EP (Gold Hole)
  • 1999: World Inaction - split EP with Jullander (Stupid Cat/Beau Rivage)
  • 1999: Come On Billy Mahonie Give It Your Best Shot - 3 cd single set (Too Pure)
  • 1999: One Thousand Years of Billy Mahonie - remix EP with Bows & Hefner (Too Pure)
  • 2000: Rot Of The Stars - split single with Seafood (Jonathan Whiskey)
  • 2000: Flume - single (Speakerphone Recordings)
  • 2001: Tribute To Jet Johnson - an album of home recordings (Day Release Records Singles Club)
  • 2004: Nightmare City - download EP (BM Recordings)
  • 2006: New Year's Eve Song - split single with The Jesus Years (Theory of Nothing)
  • 2006: Watching People Speaking - EP (Euphrate Records)
  • 2007: Nightmare City - single (Euphrate Records)


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