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Horslips were a 1970s Irish rock band that composed, arranged and performed their own Celtic rock songs and music based on traditional Irish jigs and reels. They were one of the first, if not the first, of the Celtic rock bands of that era. Formed in 1970, they disbanded in 1980, but recently (in 2005) the original line-up has regrouped and performed a small number of gigs.

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* Jim Lockhart, from Francis St in Dublin, studied classical music at Trinity College Dublin. He fell under the influence of Sean Ó Riada, wanting to build an orchestral sound out of Irish music. He played keyboards, pipes, whistles and flute. He did vocals on a select number of songs, mainly in Manx or Irish.

* Eamon Carr is from Kells, County Meath. He started a quarterly literary magazine called The Tara Telephone in Dublin in the late 60s that also ran poetry recitals. He was the drummer.

* Charles O’Connor, from Middlesbrough in the UK played concertina, mandolin, and fiddle (later on he played the electric guitar) and shared the main vocal tasks with Barry Devlin and Johnny Fean.

* Barry Devlin, from Ardboe in County Tyrone once trained as a Franciscan priest. He left this to do English in UCD and then after joined a graphics company as a screenwriter. He was the band’s bass player, shared vocals and its unofficial front man.


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  • glypotheque

    A part of my childhood which I'm just rediscovering. What a great band they were, why weren't they huge?

    15 Jan 2014 Reply
  • NeilTheRockGuru

    Their groundwork is right upere with Jethro Tull and THAT is an understatement !

    12 Feb 2013 Reply
  • madmac17

    There should be more songs from 'Dancehall Sweethearts' and 'Happy to Meet...Sorry to Part' on the TOP TRACKS list. Both albums are MAGNIFICENT!

    19 Jul 2012 Reply
  • alfapp

    Just got the album Aliens - I like it, great

    13 Jul 2012 Reply
  • thejanuary

    Великолепно ведь

    21 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Serj_Petrov

    ohh God, they are awesome!!!

    21 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Pen-Cap-Chew

    Only 12k listeners?! They are fantastic..

    7 Apr 2011 Reply
  • jaricleiv

    Такое впечатление будто Джетро Талл слушаешь.

    11 Mar 2011 Reply
  • athaiya

    They are amazing! I`m glad I`ve discovered them :)

    30 Sep 2010 Reply
  • see-bo

    great concert in Dublin last December

    30 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Lucifer-Sam

    vote this one up

    1 Mar 2010 Reply
  • PhamilyJules

    Yes! Horslips! Whoo hoo!

    24 Jan 2010 Reply
  • georgerd1

    Boy it is great to see them back playing...but being selfish...I would LOVE to have them back to the States. The times we had when they came over in the mid~70's will never be seen again, but the exchange of rememberances could be UNBELIEVABLE, and would surely stir up the ones that were lost in the HAZE!!!

    6 Dec 2009 Reply
  • pandorawidow

    Glad to see them here on at last. Gonna see them for real tonight :)

    3 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Living-Deadbeat

    Playing Belfast in December, should be brilliant.

    14 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Mike_Anthony

    OMG! They finally have some fully streamable tracks here! I have all their CDs, but at least now when I recommend Horslips to others here on, they can actually listen to something... ;-)

    6 Aug 2009 Reply
  • tiagofintas

    Great band!!!

    14 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Ryncewynd

    Loved the Book of Invasions album and Man Who Built America, sadly missed out on ever seeing them...

    12 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Lucifer-Sam

    I uploaded a few pictures!! take a look

    16 Feb 2009 Reply
  • darksideofoz

    I <3 Horslips, I discovered them while working in the vinyl room of the independent music store here in Duluth. One of my all time favorite bands now...

    10 Jan 2009 Reply
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