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Horslips performing King of the Fairies on a Dublin rooftop in 1976

St. Patrick's Day 2014 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:Rory Gallagher    Denise Wilden wrote on 2014-04-01 00:00:00:
Rory will never be forgotten as long as those who love his music, his talent, his brilliance keep playing his songs, keep talking about him and that way he is not dead, just standing in the wings watching things
RE:Winter's Reign    john ahern wrote on 2014-03-20 00:00:00:
i think winters reign the orignal line up could have made it had they stuck together stuart macmillian was a fab drummer
RE:White Roxx    Peter Manley wrote on 2014-03-14 00:00:00:
Check out my album "Time Machine" and also some dance stuff I recorded on "Cosmic Resonator Circadian Rhythms". Both albums available through usual outlets: Amazon, iTunes, etc.
RE:My Little Funhouse    Lyn Lynch wrote on 2014-03-13 00:00:00:
Gary Deevy is the father of my two Grandchildren. They are Australian/Irish children. His daughter is doing very well on the Violin and his son is a real showman who one day may be anything.
RE:Spud    Jimmy Farrell wrote on 2014-03-10 00:00:00:
We used to go hear Spud every time they played either Rakish Paddy or The Rustic Inn. Some of the best times of my life!
RE:Spud    Nicola Kerr wrote on 2014-02-15 00:00:00:
I am an old friend of Ken Wilson. Does Lena and Sara know where he is now and what hes up to?
RE:Purple Haze    David tooney wrote on 2013-12-28 00:00:00:
That dublin band purple haze were amazing , went to see them in the old mc gonnagles in dublin . And also in the old baggot inn
RE:Celtic Legacy    gerry molyneaux wrote on 2013-11-06 00:00:00:
still going?heard this in a vinyl store in franklin new jersey
RE:No Sweat    ned kelly wicklow wrote on 2013-11-04 00:00:00:
the band were doomed when they sacked Des garrett, he was the backbone and lead voalist what an amazing drummer ....serves them right, went to see them in marquee in london in 1990,,i think ray fein is not a rock drummer DES GARRETT is a legend drummer
RE:Brian Kennedy    Yoselin wrote on 2013-10-20 00:00:00:
Thanks for this - that video of "Man Overboard" (aside from being from the only Little Palace show that was video documented tykknyouthanahou)is possibly the nicest live version I have ever heard. The way the crowd took over singing it was just inspired.
RE:Tara Telephone    Ciko wrote on 2013-10-20 00:00:00:
abarbara on This is the work done by Paula Gambin, Cherise Greach, Shannon Pace, Graziella Chetcuti and Megan Galea for the YRE citietomponabarbara on This is the work of Grace Anne Muscat for the YRE citietompon
RE:Adebisi Shank    Boomers wrote on 2013-10-20 00:00:00:
I had no idea what to expect from these guys and desitpe an initially crappy sound, they were totally rocking. You could see Puffy and the others headbanging backstage watching them every now and again. And later on during the FNM set, Patton called them
RE:Tara Telephone    Denis O'Leary wrote on 2013-10-13 00:00:00:
Seen them live a few times loved them....I still have a copy each of Capella 1 & 4....and read them a couple of times a year
RE:The Radiators From Space    Joe Forde wrote on 2013-10-09 00:00:00:
Thank you Lee.
RE:The Riptide Movement    Kenge wrote on 2013-08-22 00:00:00:
Great music
RE:The Fuze    Kenge wrote on 2013-08-22 00:00:00:
Sunday Morning is on utube
RE:The Fuze    pat coyne wrote on 2013-08-09 00:00:00:
can u put a dot between space and com on The Fuze page and the webpage fuzesounds.com is no longer in existance
RE:Carpenter Joe    RUSSELL MADDOX wrote on 2013-08-06 00:00:00:
CARPENTER JOE HAVE BEEN CHAMPIONED BY JERRY LANG AND RALPH MCLEAN ON U105 AND RADIO ULSTER IN 2013.THEIR CLASSIC SONG NO ORDINARY JOE HAS BEEN PLAYED MANY TIMES ON LOCAL RADIO.
RE:Shock Treatment     Davy Treatment wrote on 2013-07-05 00:00:00:
Shock Treatment have 3 tracks on the recently released SHELL SHOCK ROCKERS Vol 2 Compilation Album now avaialable on SPIT RECORDS - Big Check Shirts,Mystery Man and a long lost recording of Troubled Minds has re-emerged. See Spit Reords Web Site / Faceboo
RE:David Virgin    gerry molyneaux wrote on 2013-06-30 00:00:00:
as a punk oi and ska fan since 1976 great to hear about this bloke.never heard of him and a s a serious record collector have some rare early aussie stuff.you also mentioned bernie torme who as well as being a noted heavy metaller also played punk bands.

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