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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:The Luminants    Gerry Fleming wrote on 2024-06-09 00:00:00:
Thank you for this site it is an important document with regard to the process and progress of irish music. e.g.There would have been no U2 'Riverdance' or music journalism without bands having the bottle to get up and go for it. TNX
RE:The Luminants    Gerry Fleming wrote on 2024-06-09 00:00:00:
FOllowing Derek Farell leaving for a career in the medical profession He was repalaced by the inimitable Martin Daniel. A tour de force on rythm guitar and musical sensibility.
RE:The Luminants    Gerry fleming wrote on 2024-06-09 00:00:00:
Dereck went on to front the great Les Enfants. Gerry went into writing notibly: Torn & Tumbledown (Hot Press single of the fortnight) Chet Baker top radio pick in France & The Last Great Love Song. No 1 for Finbar Furey
RE:The Luminants    Gerry Fleming wrote on 2024-06-09 00:00:00:
After Gerry Kilroy the wonderful George Murphy took over on drums bringing a new dimension to the band.Shortly after Derek Herbert took over the role of vocalist and front man. What a combination these two made in terms of rhythm and presentation.
RE:Winter's Reign    Fernando wrote on 2024-05-31 00:00:00:
Hi guys, my dad working in the 80´s in Dublin and buy a Winters Reign record "the beginning" with the single "rock me"and offer me for my birthday, if somebody want buy this record, you will contact me gomes_350000@outlook.com, thanks
RE:The Fuze    F J Darcy wrote on 2024-05-11 00:00:00:
Super band should have been huge What a frontman
RE:Tara Telephone    Neil wrote on 2024-04-27 00:00:00:
I'm trying to remember who Henry Mczcullough used to play with in upstairs pub lounges in Dublin. Thought it might have been Tara Telephone but doesn't look like it here. Does anybody know?
RE:Tara Telephone    Neil wrote on 2024-04-27 00:00:00:
I'm trying to remember who Henry Mczcullough used to play with in upstairs pub lounges in Dublin. Thought it might have been Tara Telephone but doesn't look like it here. Does anybody know?
RE:Tara Telephone    Neil wrote on 2024-04-27 00:00:00:
I'm trying to remember who Henry Mczcullough used to play with in upstairs pub lounges in Dublin. Thought it might have been Tara Telephone but doesn't look like it here. Does anybody know?
RE:No Sweat    Damian wrote on 2023-12-23 00:00:00:
Dave Gooding loved himself tho
RE:Frantic State    Ross Kirwan wrote on 2023-11-05 00:00:00:
Send a copy of only human into Beat 102 103, they will play it for sure. Love that song
RE:Frantic State    Ross Kirwan wrote on 2023-11-05 00:00:00:
Send a copy of only human into Beat 102 103, they will play it for sure. Love that song
RE:Frantic State    Ross Kirwan wrote on 2023-11-05 00:00:00:
Send a copy of only human into Beat 102 103, they will play it for sure. Love that song
RE:Noise Control    molly:3 wrote on 2023-09-05 00:00:00:
el is my dad:3
RE:Treehouse Diner    Sid Howes wrote on 2023-08-18 00:00:00:
I think you might be slightly incorrect with the original band... I was the original drummer, played with Ger and Brian for many years with Conor Cullinan on keys. What happened when we got the record contract is a whole other story...
RE:Hinterland    Michael Poullie wrote on 2023-08-10 00:00:00:
I agree with the previous speakers. A fantastic album and forever one of my favorites. Completely underrated and incomprehensible that it remained with this one collaboration. Ich schließe mich meinen Vorrednern an. Ein fantastisches Album und für imme
RE:Hinterland    Michael Poullie wrote on 2023-08-10 00:00:00:
I agree with the previous speakers. A fantastic album and forever one of my favorites. Completely underrated and incomprehensible that it remained with this one collaboration. Ich schließe mich meinen Vorrednern an. Ein fantastisches Album und für imme
RE:The Chase    Neal wrote on 2023-08-09 00:00:00:
I have a copy of 2006 demo cd, if any of the band want it.
RE:The Defects    Lawso football wrote on 2023-06-07 00:00:00:
I hope there still going strong. Kinky remember football weekend away in Newcastle. Best ever mate 👌
RE:No Sweat    Aidan kelly wrote on 2023-06-02 00:00:00:
Inaccurate Des w garett was the original drummer and lead vocalist and the band were not from dublin they originated in London and then relocated to arklow co wickliw where des and Jon Angel were from

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