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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:Archie The Leper    Thomas wrote on 2017-09-03 00:00:00:
I saw Archie the Leper in the Bodega, Larne. There were 3 Bands on that night. Archie had 2 Lead Guitarists, there were 5 Members in the Group. They did one of their own songs, something to do with the Rambo Movies. They were Bloody Fantastic!
RE:Archie The Leper    Thomas wrote on 2017-09-03 00:00:00:
I saw Archie the Leper in the Bodega, Larne. There were 3 Bands on that night. Archie had 2 Lead Guitarists, there were 5 Members in the Group. They did one of their own songs, something to do with the Rambo Movies. They were Bloody Fantastic!
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RE:Jimi Slevin    Richard Benson wrote on 2017-07-28 00:00:00:
I saw Jimi Slevin in 1984 in San Antonio, Ibiza playing in a bar. He had a fantastic voice and I remember him doing a great cover of "Hey Jude". Really nice guy.
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RE:Jimi Slevin    Bernard Tonge wrote on 2017-06-05 00:00:00:
I was in Moran's Hotel for the 3rd Birthday Party, The Undertones were also on the bill, they had to leave the stage in a hurry.

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