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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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RE:The Black Velvet Band    lazarosinakidis wrote on 2015-07-22 00:00:00:
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:
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.
RE:Aslan    David wrote on 2015-04-28 00:00:00:
Why are they not living it up like mega stars ,They are a true amazing irish band and I think a lot of young would relate to their liricks today .amazing just amazing ,man they must be proud from what they have achieved in life! David Domican
RE:Winter's Reign    john ahern wrote on 2015-04-18 00:00:00:
itwas not winters reign without billy and leo larkin and stewart macmillian
RE:Idol Joy    dave mulligan wrote on 2015-04-08 00:00:00:
Great band from the cork scene in the 80s.Like early Spandau. One of the bast from Cork at this period.
RE:Rory Gallagher    Tony O Connor wrote on 2015-03-07 00:00:00:
Best Guitarist to emerge from Ireland. Seen him play in the Opera House, Everyman, City Hall, Lee Fields, CIT in Cork over the years. He loved returning to his home town
RE:Shock Treatment     Davy Treatment wrote on 2015-02-28 00:00:00:
band now back performing under the name Shock Treatment 21 - see Facebook. Also - Spit Records - see spit records
RE:The Demise    gerry molyneaux wrote on 2015-02-24 00:00:00:
have they anything on vinyl?
RE:Taste    paul wrote on 2015-02-10 00:00:00:
What a band! Could turn goat-piss into gasoline!
RE:Winter's Reign    A student wrote on 2015-01-14 00:00:00:
@shellymakenna robbie hurley is now a secondary school english teacher, would you believe it?
RE:Rory Gallagher    Bernie Ryan wrote on 2015-01-11 00:00:00:
Correction "ON the Boards" by Taste.
RE:Rory Gallagher    Bernie Ryan wrote on 2015-01-11 00:00:00:
I love Rory Gallagher. I have the original album by the Taste "Across the Boards" in my attic.
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.
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.??
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

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