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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:Light A Big Fire    [email protected] wrote on 2020-03-26 00:00:00:
Excellent album!
RE:Light A Big Fire    [email protected] wrote on 2020-03-26 00:00:00:
Excellent album!
RE:Light A Big Fire    [email protected] wrote on 2020-03-26 00:00:00:
Excellent album!
RE:The Big Geraniums     Ramon Longan Solsona wrote on 2020-02-20 00:00:00:
Mi grupo preferido de Folk Rock, los descubri en un viaje por Irlanda en el año 1992, en el coche solo sonaban ellos. Fantasticos Big Geraniums!!
RE:Jimi Slevin    Günter Wermke wrote on 2020-02-13 00:00:00:
Ich traf Jimmi in Nürnberg im Jahr 1991. Seit dem spielte er viele Male bei mir zuhause oder auf Koncerten die ich für ihn arrangierte. Er ist ein super Gittarist und Freund.
RE:Riff Master General    leloiurk wrote on 2019-12-17 00:00:00:
RE:Granny's Intentions    Edward Maki wrote on 2019-08-21 00:00:00:
As cool as it sounds, Pat Nash did not become a race car driver in Idaho. I worked with him in an art gallery in Toronto mid 80's. Last time I saw him was early 90's when he had his own art gallery north of Toronto. Saw him jam a few times.
RE:Elvis Costello    John donovan wrote on 2019-08-05 00:00:00:
I met him in dublin in 86 i bought him a bag of chips , can u forward the story on to him? Its three pages long. John [email protected]
RE:Hinterland    Bigfitch wrote on 2019-06-29 00:00:00:
Just revisited kissing, it is the best record I've ever heard period.
RE:Winter's Reign    Terry McManus wrote on 2019-06-18 00:00:00:
Ella Sullivan : he was in London around 1990 but I have no idea where he is now. ( and to everyone else : sorry for the previous triple entries, the page went blank and I thought that it had not registered)
RE:Winter's Reign    Terry McManus wrote on 2019-06-18 00:00:00:
Brian Lynch played keyboards with them also. Great player and a nice guy. I played bass with them for a few months while they were looking for a bass player – I could not join them as I had a full-time job elsewhere.
RE:Cowboy X    Brian g. wrote on 2019-05-17 00:00:00:
Do the still produce CDs. If so how can I get hold of them. I can not find them on Amazon.
RE:Boomtown Rats    Angus wrote on 2019-04-02 00:00:00:
i love johnnie fingers too
RE:Ghost Of An American Airman    Noel Stefan Stoyanoff wrote on 2019-03-12 00:00:00:
I saw GOAAA on April 8th, 1992 in Buffalo, NY at a club called the Marquee. My friend's band, Ansley Court, were the openers. If anyone knows the setlist of that tour, I would love to log it in my database at nssworld. Thank you.
RE:Spud    Jimoleary wrote on 2019-02-15 00:00:00:
Spud regularly played Belfield in the mid-70s. 10 years later Don was with the One-Eyed Rattlers - I often heard them in the Wexford Inn(?) Not many people know that they headlined at Slane Castle in 1988. OK, it was a wedding, but it was a great gig.
RE:Bagatelle    wolfet wrote on 2019-01-25 00:00:00:
24/01/2019,ally,great good as ever
RE:Peggy's Leg    Teresa Maher wrote on 2019-01-19 00:00:00:
What happened to Don Harris? He was such a great talent
RE:Ghost Of An American Airman    [email protected] wrote on 2019-01-10 00:00:00:
RE:Fruupp    Bryan wrote on 2018-12-24 00:00:00:
There’s no mention of Miles McKee who was their vocalist when I used to see them. Ther regularly played in Limavady when I was at school there. The last time I saw them was at the Marquee in London in 1971, and he was still a member then. (cont)
RE:N.C. Lawlor    Skip Jamison wrote on 2018-12-14 00:00:00:
I always check out N.C. from time to time, as his playing is inspirational.

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