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St. Patrick's Day 2016 Playlist

Every year around St. Patrick's Day we get a big spike in traffic to this website. People come here to find ideas for music they can play to celebrate that special day dedicated to all things Irish. So this year we have made it really easy for you and put together a great Irish Rockers St. Patricks Day playlist on Spotify. This playlist includes most of the big name Irish artists as well as a few interesting but lesser known artists. In keeping with the Irish theme where possible we have selected tracks that have an element or influence of Irish folk music and even found a few tracks with references to St. Paddy himself.

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Irish Bands and Irish Rock Music Throughout The Decades

For a small country Ireland has made and continues to make a huge impact on modern music. With a population of just around 5 million people, Ireland has launched more than it's share of internationally successfull, yet originally Irish, bands/rock groups and artists on the world.

The homegrown Irish rock music scene really started developing in the 1960s. At that time the Irish music scene was dominated by the unique Irish phenomenon of the 'Showbands' which were groups/bands of professional performers who played at dancehalls and clubs across the country putting on a professional 'show' and playing all the American and British hits of the era. In the 1960s this was pretty much the only way a professional musician in Ireland could make a living. Two famous Irish artists that started off working in show bands but went on to put Ireland on the map as far as rock music is concerned are Van Morrison and Rory Gallagher. Van Morrison achieved international success in the 1960s with the beat group Them before launching a hugely successfull solo career that is still going strong in it's fourth decade. Rory Gallagher fromed the blues rock band Taste and went on to achieve critical acclaim in his solo career which lasted until his death in 1995. He is considered by many music critics to be among the greatest rock guitarists of all time.

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IRISH ROCKER SPOTLIGHT

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RE:Carpenter Joe    Russell Maddox. wrote on 2016-01-23 00:00:00:
Bangor.Northern Ireland band CARPENTER JOE have recently got a new electric guitarist. Look out for gigs and a new cd coming soon in 2016.
RE:Mamas Boys    Phil muffitt wrote on 2016-01-19 00:00:00:
Mis this band so much , 1st saw them play at a pub in Leeds then at redding and with thin Lizzy ,and then on their own tour never missed a chance to c them live good times real down to earth lads and what a mega 3 piece rock band thankyou so much
RE:The Big Geraniums     Tom wrote on 2016-01-18 00:00:00:
Great memories, lovely tunes, lost my Tall Tales cassette years ago (~95) and searched and searched for years until in about 2009 when a friends GF secretly found a cd for me online and gave it to me for my birthday! Best present! He married her x
RE:The Luminants    derek farrell wrote on 2016-01-05 00:00:00:
The original line up was : Gerry Fleming guitar / vocals. Tom Fetherson bass / backing vocals.Derek Farrell guitar / backing voals. Gerry Kilroy drums
RE:The Big Geraniums     Maurern wrote on 2015-12-07 00:00:00:
Great band! Met them when they came to NYC in 1996.
RE:The Radio    dkahlecook@outlook.com wrote on 2015-12-04 00:00:00:
We miss you Florida Dave
RE:Les Enfants    Brian O'Rourke wrote on 2015-11-29 00:00:00:
Just adding to my last comment my e-mail is boruairc@gmail.com if anyone has a copy of the album !Thanks
RE:The Fuze    Mary Arrigan-Langan wrote on 2015-11-15 00:00:00:
It is with great regret I tell you that Mike Arrigan Drummer with The Fuze has died (13th Nov.2015) RIP
RE:Toneage    Sprite wrote on 2015-11-12 00:00:00:
Jethro Tull is amazing. I am a felmae and I quite enjoy blasting Jethro Tull. Aqualung is perhaps one of my favorite albums. I am twenty-four years old, so I guess not all twenty-somethings are totally clueless about good music. ;)
RE:Butterfly Child    Davids wrote on 2015-10-09 00:00:00:
In light of all this, it seems quite trivial to to try and make the case that you are mnkiag, that we all have the same basic beliefs due to our natural being. How can you say this for sure, knowing that religion, science, politics, families, and communit
RE:Abaddon Incarnate    irish willy wrote on 2015-09-17 00:00:00:
fuckin best grindcore band since agathocles, belgian mince to the max
RE:Les Enfants    Brian O'Rourke wrote on 2015-09-14 00:00:00:
Hi there , Just looking at the comments and I was wondering if someone had a soft copy or CD of La Touché which I had on vinyl back in the day .They were a brilliant band ! What talent , should have made it big in America !Hope someone can help ? B
RE:Jimi Slevin    Brendan Browne wrote on 2015-09-13 00:00:00:
I remember Jimmy playing to twenty or so guys in Fran Breens sitting room before he was discovered.What a guitarist.
RE:The Black Velvet Band    lazarosinakidis wrote on 2015-07-22 00:00:00:
THE BEST ALBUN OF THE BAND
RE:Blew    spvmm wrote on 2015-07-17 00:00:00:
More commonly known as The Blew. Four piece from Killiney, Dublin - Marc Roche (vocals), Rob Quinn (guitar), Shane Cullen (bass) and Tiernan Johnston (drums). Produced at least 2 demos, played by Dave Fanning on 2FM and recorded Phantom FM session.
RE:Toneage    Jennifer O'Rourke Nee Doyle wrote on 2015-07-09 00:00:00:
I have a ticket for the Beat Bus to Navan to hear Toneage and some comments from the Meath Chronicle.I could email these to you.
RE:Ghost Of An American Airman    Brian Reed wrote on 2015-07-02 00:00:00:
Skin is an amazing album!
RE:Hinterland    joe early wrote on 2015-05-22 00:00:00:
desert boots-what a fabulous song
RE:Carpenter Joe    RUSSELL MADDOX wrote on 2015-05-20 00:00:00:
CARPENTER JOE ARE PLAYING AT THE RABBIT ROOMS IN BANGOR COUNTY DOWN ON SATURDAY JUNE 27TH 2015 AT 8P.M. THIS ORIGINAL BAND ARE WORTH A LISTEN
RE:Jimi Slevin    myles hollowed wrote on 2015-05-02 00:00:00:
I remember fondly a genius guitarist. I saw him play with phil lynott in his front garden in finglas. He was always such a nice guy. His fretboard speed was unequalled.

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