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Interview with Christie Hennessy

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 Bogey Boys    Peter Duff wrote on 2014-11-24 00:00:00:
Here is a great recording from the Baggot before we left for the states in 82. youtube.com/watch?v=Sya6KvwY8WI
RE:Idol Joy    john mcguire wrote on 2014-11-12 00:00:00:
Idol joy (We) are looking for any visual VCR recordings of Us. We know that the Hot Press semi final of 1986/87 was recorded at Sir Henrys Cork and the Carlsberg national battle of the bands final 1986/87 at the Arklow Bay Hotel.??jmsimplyjohn@gmail.com
RE:One September    pip wrote on 2014-11-09 00:00:00:
saw this band a couple of times thanks to dem illegal great band traffic tunes excellent own material as well as covers
RE:Hinterland    bara de burca wrote on 2014-10-04 00:00:00:
This ban Hinterland , wipe U 2 off the map as far as im concerned ...period...
RE:Ghost Of An American Airman    C. Radatus wrote on 2014-09-29 00:00:00:
Hey Folks, ghost of an American Airman ist still One of my Favoriten Bands since 22 years. Thanx
RE:Howard Moss    Claire wrote on 2014-09-24 00:00:00:
He is an amazing player, made our hol
RE:Rory Gallagher    John Mack wrote on 2014-09-23 00:00:00:
The whole universe sadly misses the one & only Rory Gallagher I know because I definitely do. Many great masters are keeping him company up there.
RE:18th Empire    Alka R Thakral wrote on 2014-09-03 00:00:00:
Dear, I am looking a Irish Band or fusion performance in my event that is called Dublin Diwali 2014 on 19th Octí2014 ( Sunday). If you are interested to join us please contact me:- alka@strawevents.com or 0860574713. Looking forward from you. Cheers.
RE:Ash    Alka R Thakral wrote on 2014-09-03 00:00:00:
Dear, I am looking a Irish Band or fusion performance in my event that is called Dublin Diwali 2014 on 19th Octí2014 ( Sunday). If you are interested to join us please contact me:- alka@strawevents.com or 0860574713. Looking forward from you. Cheers.
RE:Spud    sandra dixon wrote on 2014-08-25 00:00:00:
i shared a flat with Ken Wilson in Dublin. Would love his contact information if Lena or Sara have it. thanks go Spud
RE:The Black Velvet Band    CHRIS A. (Athens) wrote on 2014-08-03 00:00:00:
the song "When justice came" is the best of all.
RE:Winter's Reign    Ken wrote on 2014-07-31 00:00:00:
the 22nd of Aug Rodney and Mick are playing in the Mercintile for a charity gig with a band called The Blue Thunder Band
RE:Carpenter Joe    RUSSELL MADDOX. wrote on 2014-07-07 00:00:00:
CARPENTER JOE ARE PLAYING THE WINDSOR IN BANGOR NORTHERN IRELAND ON AUGUST 22ND 2014 AS PART OF THE BANGOR OPEN HOUSE FESTIVAL.PLEASE VISIT CARPENTER JOE ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE DETAILS.
RE:Carpenter Joe    RUSSELL MADDOX wrote on 2014-06-23 00:00:00:
BANGOR NORTHERN IRELAND INDIE ROCK BAND CARPENTER JOE ARE WELL WORTH A VISIT AT THE 2014 BANGOR OPEN HOUSE FESTIVAL.THEY WERE DESCRIBED AS LETHAL IN THEIR ORDINARYNESS BACK IN 1985.
RE:Carpenter Joe    RUSSELL MADDOX wrote on 2014-06-23 00:00:00:
BANGOR NORTHERN IRELAND INDIE ROCK BAND CARPENTER JOE HAVE REFORMED AFTER 30 YEARS. THEY WILL BE PERFORMING AT THE 2014 BANGOR OPEN HOUSE FESTIVAL.THE DATE AND VENUE ARE STILL TO BE ANNOUNCED.CARPENTER JOE PLAYED IN DUBLIN WITH SOMETHING HAPPENS IN 1986.
RE:Carpenter Joe    RUSSELL MADDOX wrote on 2014-05-16 00:00:00:
CARPENTER JOE ARE NOW ON FACEBOOK AND YOU TUBE.THEIR BEST OF 1985--1987 CD IS STILL AVAILABLE FROM HEAD BELFAST AND AT russell.maddox1@gmail.com
RE:Carpenter Joe    RUSSELL MADDOX wrote on 2014-05-16 00:00:00:
THE FOUR ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF CARPENTER JOE HAVE GOT TOGETHER AGAIN TO REHEARSE.WATCH THIS SPACE FOR ANY MORE DETAILS.
RE:Spud    tom hayes wrote on 2014-05-15 00:00:00:
Saw Spud a few times in the early 70s in Limerick,always enjoyed them.Their 2nd and 3rd Albums have been released on cd some years ago but strangley still no release of their 1st on cd.They were released on Kissing Spell Label in 2008.
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

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