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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 Prescriptions    Joe Mc Donald wrote on 2022-02-25 00:00:00:
We miss these musicians playing In our village , which is soon to be not a village, These guys brightened up our lives and they are true artisans of music
RE:Kerbdog    Billy bob wrote on 2022-02-08 00:00:00:
RE:The Big Geraniums     Bill wrote on 2022-02-01 00:00:00:
'performed' not 'beformed'
RE:Tokyo Olympics    Bernard wrote on 2022-01-22 00:00:00:
I am trying to get in touch with Ken Mahon. I sent an email to the address above but no reply. I knew him in London but lost contact. Any help appreciated.
RE:Trojan    Maurice Cassidy wrote on 2021-12-28 00:00:00:
Band did not split up until 1992 after Nightkiller EP, Robbie Cahill was not a member of Trojan.
RE:The Saw Doctors    Yeah wrote on 2021-06-30 00:00:00:
Tony Lambert didn't play in the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, that was the 70's band. He played in Alex Harvey's band in the 80's, including Alex 's final gig in mainland Europe before he passed away.
RE:Jimi Slevin    Desmond Kennedy wrote on 2021-04-04 00:00:00:
I only got a chance to hear the great brilliant awesome jimmy slevin and band in Donegal town one night and god it must be over 40 years ago What an amazing guitarist he was. I wonder where he is now
RE:The Big Geraniums     Micky Sean Tom wrote on 2021-04-02 00:00:00:
Moll can be a bit of a dick tbh , seriously angry person nowadays , I suppose when propping up the bar in Naughtons can't be done, Moody Moll takes to the streets ...groaning
RE:Alan O'Rourke    Luka wrote on 2021-01-19 00:00:00:
Sending love x you’ll always be precious.
RE:The Bogey Boys    Vincent vaughan wrote on 2021-01-18 00:00:00:
Would love to get copy of jimmy did it if any one could help Thanks very much
RE:Winter's Reign    Damian Maguire wrote on 2021-01-13 00:00:00:
Reply to Eamon The person you are on about is Robbie Hurley, one great gentleman. Didn't have an easy up bringing and ended up very unhappy in the band. Went to Medigorie and he did indeed find a spiritual life.
RE:Hinterland    pixiep wrote on 2021-01-12 00:00:00:
The album Kissing the roof of heaven is one of my all time faves. Fantastic music and I love the cover. Sadly extremely underrated.
RE:Granny's Intentions    Muiris Mac Cartaine wrote on 2020-12-29 00:00:00:
Pete Cummings was in the well known Fleadh Cowboys in the late 80s early 90s. Nollaig Bridgeman was in Skid Row with Gary Moore who had 1 UK Top 30 Album, the Brush Shiels band and Fisherman's Blues era Waterboys and much more.
RE:The Perfect Crime    Davie Mackay wrote on 2020-11-16 00:00:00:
RE:Winter's Reign    Eamon wrote on 2020-11-15 00:00:00:
Might have the wrong band and the wrong person here, but I remember a in school one day, a guy came to talk about how he left his band to follow Jesus! The band? Winter's Reign! I can't remember his name, I just remember him with a ponytail. 1989/1990?
RE:Jimi Slevin    John Evans wrote on 2020-10-19 00:00:00:
I saw Jimi playing with crossroads in 1969 (I think) at Stradbrook dancehall , BlackRock, he was playing a Gibson gold top Les Paul.Did an incredible cover of Cream's Crossroads on the night.Best version I ever heard.
RE:Jimi Slevin    Günter Hetzner wrote on 2020-08-04 00:00:00:
Hallo Jimi, hab lange nichts mehr von Dir gehört, melde Dich mal, dann könnten wir mal wieder ein Bier trinken. Viele Grüsse Günter
RE:Hinterland    Frits wrote on 2020-07-11 00:00:00:
The rumble in 'Galway Bay' gives me the shivers
RE:Funky Junction    tassosdb104 wrote on 2020-07-10 00:00:00:
RE:Bon Ton Rouler    josetoto wrote on 2020-06-08 00:00:00:
i like music of BON TON ROULER.

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