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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:Ghost Of An American Airman    Meli wrote on 2018-08-25 00:00:00:
I saw them twice in Tulsa, Oklahoma in my late teens. A bunch of my friends would gather and all go together just to see them. We all had the "Life Under Giants' CD. I found the CD today and even now in my mid-forties I know and love every song. Yes!
RE:Ghost Of An American Airman    Meli wrote on 2018-08-25 00:00:00:
I saw them twice in Tulsa, Oklahoma in my late teens. A bunch of my friends would gather and all go together just to see them. We all had the "Life Under Giants' CD. I found the CD today and even now in my mid-forties I know and love every song. Yes!
RE:The Fuze    Ursula wrote on 2018-08-22 00:00:00:
Superb band, blew their audiences away with the power and originality of their melodies and lyrics. It was brilliant to hear them again live in NUIG in 2009.
RE:The Fuze    Ursula wrote on 2018-08-22 00:00:00:
Superb band, blew their audiences away with the power and originality of their melodies and lyrics. It was brilliant to hear them again live in NUIG in 2009.
RE:Idol Joy    Colin wrote on 2018-07-25 00:00:00:
A big fan of these Cork lads. Great music!
RE:Idol Joy    Colin wrote on 2018-07-25 00:00:00:
A big fan of these Cork lads. Great music!
RE:Peggy's Leg    Bob Keena wrote on 2018-07-16 00:00:00:
When did Don Harris die and how?
RE:Peggy's Leg    Bob Keena wrote on 2018-07-16 00:00:00:
When did Don Harris die and how?
RE:Rory Gallagher    Bob Kutchko wrote on 2018-07-09 00:00:00:
Sorry about the repeated posts. The posting process seemed stuck. Anyways, Rory is the BEST!
RE:Rory Gallagher    Bob Kutchko wrote on 2018-07-09 00:00:00:
Flew my family from the U.S. to Ireland for the 2018 Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival in his birthplace, Ballyshannon. They loved it. Four days of wonderful music and memories! Rory remains my favorite musician of all time.
RE:Rory Gallagher    Bob Kutchko wrote on 2018-07-09 00:00:00:
Flew my family from the U.S. to Ireland for the 2018 Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival in his birthplace, Ballyshannon. They loved it. Four days of wonderful music and memories! Rory remains my favorite musician of all time.
RE:Rory Gallagher    Bob Kutchko wrote on 2018-07-09 00:00:00:
Flew my family from the U.S. to Ireland for the 2018 Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival in his birthplace, Ballyshannon. They loved it. Four days of wonderful music and memories! Rory remains my favorite musician of all time.
RE:Rory Gallagher    Bob Kutchko wrote on 2018-07-09 00:00:00:
Flew my family from the U.S. to Ireland for the 2018 Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival in his birthplace, Ballyshannon. They loved it. Four days of wonderful music and memories! Rory remains my favorite musician of all time.
RE:Rory Gallagher    Bob Kutchko wrote on 2018-07-09 00:00:00:
Flew my family from the U.S. to Ireland for the 2018 Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival in his birthplace, Ballyshannon. They loved it. Four days of wonderful music and memories! Rory remains my favorite musician of all time.
RE:Rory Gallagher    Bob Kutchko wrote on 2018-07-09 00:00:00:
Flew my family from the U.S. to Ireland for the 2018 Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival in his birthplace, Ballyshannon. They loved it. Four days of wonderful music and memories! Rory remains my favorite musician of all time.
RE:The Fuze    katharine Havard wrote on 2018-06-12 00:00:00:
I loved the Fuze when I saw them in the Longford arms in Longford
RE:Spud    Martin Byrne wrote on 2018-06-10 00:00:00:
Play regularly with Mike Smith (Smithy)now living in Banagher Co Offaly he also plays with the Merry Ploughboys anyone wanting more info can contact me
RE:Spud    Martin Byrne wrote on 2018-06-10 00:00:00:
Play regularly with Mike Smith (Smithy)now living in Banagher Co Offaly he also plays with the Merry Ploughboys anyone wanting more info can contact me
RE:The Fuze    p coyne wrote on 2018-06-09 00:00:00:
https://soundcloud.com/the-fuze-galway
RE:N.C. Lawlor    sarah johnson wrote on 2018-03-30 00:00:00:
Id love to learn lap tapping guitar! any chance?

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