Ruefrex

Ruefrex were an Irish New Wave/post-punk band from Belfast, formed in 1977 and active for 10 years. The band released three small-press singles between 1979 and 1983, followed by the 1985 album Flowers for All Occasions on Kasper/MCA. Members: Paul Burgess (drums, 1977-87), Tom Coulter (bass, 1977-86), Ivan Kelly (vocals, 1977-78), Jackie Forgie (guitar, 1977-82, […]

Silent Running

Silent Running were an Irish modern-rock band from Belfast that released the album Shades of Liberty with assorted singles on EMI/Parolphone in 1984/85, followed by two albums on Atlantic during the latter part of the decade. Members: Peter Gamble (vocals), Tony Scott (guitar), Richard Collett (bass), Ian Gault (drums), Alex White (keyboards, 1984) Silent Running […]

Gary Moore

Gary Moore (April 4, 1952 — Feb. 6, 2011) was an Irish blues-rock/hard-rock/jazz-rock guitarist with a musical career that spanned more than 40 years. He first emerged as a member of the Limerick rock combo Granny’s Trip, which issued the album Honest Injun on Deram in 1969. This was followed by two albums with blues-rockers […]

Chris De Burgh

Chris De Burgh (born Oct. 15, 1948) is an Irish singer/songwriter with a recording career that dates back to the mid-1970s. Since that time, he has released more than 20 studio albums. His most successful periods include the conceptual/orchestral works that he issued on A&M between 1974 and 1979, followed by his art-pop/folk-rock material for […]

The Adventures

The Adventures were an Irish pop/rock band that was active throughout the 1980s. The band released a clutch of singles and three albums on Chrysalis and Elektra between 1984 and 1989. A fourth album appeared on Polydor in the early ’90s. Members: Terry Sharpe (lead vocals), Pat Gribben (guitar), Paul Crowder (drums), Tony Ayre (bass), […]

Clannad

Clannad are a Celtic Irish folk-rock/New Age collective that was initially active as a recording entity between the early 1970s and late 1990s. Members: Ciarán Ó Braonáin [Ciara Brennan] (bass, guitar, keyboards), Pól Ó Braonáin [Pól Brennan / Paul Brennan] (tin whistle, flute, guitar, keyboards, 1970-90, 2011-present), Pádraig Ó Dúgáin [Pat Duggan] (mandolin, harmonica, guitar, […]

Jonathan Kelly

Jonathan Kelly (born July 8, 1947) is an Irish singer/songwriter who was active between the late 1960s and mid-1970s. He first emerged in beat combo The Boomerangs, which issued the single “Dream World” on Pye in 1966. He was next found in the momentary trio Humpy Bong, which also featured ex-Bee Gee Colin Petersen and […]

Dr. Strangely Strange

Dr. Strangely Strange were an Irish folk/psych combo that issued two albums on the Island and Vertigo labels between 1969 and 1970. The recordings for a proposed 1971 album were ultimately released by archival label Hux Records in 2007. Members: Tim Booth (vocals, guitar), Ivan Pawle (bass, keyboards), Tim Goulding (vocals, keyboards), Joe Thoma (fiddle, […]

Fruupp

Fruupp were an Irish symphonic-rock band that released four albums on Dawn between 1973 and 1975. Members: Vince McCusker (guitar, vocals), Peter Farrelly (vocals, bass), Stephen Houston (keyboards, oboe, cello, violin, 1971-74), John Mason (keyboards, 1975-76), Martin Foye (drums) Discography: Future Legends (1973) Seven Secrets (1974) The Prince of Heaven’s Eyes (1974) Modern Masquerades (1975)

Horslips

Horslips were an Irish Celt-rock/folk band that released nine albums between 1972 and 1979. Members: Eamon Carr (drums, percussion), Barry Devlin (bass, vocals), John Fean (guitar, vocals), Jim Lockhart (keyboards, flute), Charles O’Connor (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Declan Sinnott (guitar) Discography: Happy to Meet – Sorry to Part (1972) The Táin (1973) Dancehall Sweethearts (1974) The […]