Horslips

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": folk rock irish progressive rock celtic folk rock celtic rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Official Homepage Wikipedia

Biography

This innovative and much imitated Irish folk rock band was formed in Dublin in 1970 by Barry Devlin (28 November 1946, Ardboe, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland; bass/vocals), Declan Sinnott (guitar/vocals), Eamonn Carr (drums/vocals), Charles O’Connor (b. 14 October 1949, Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England; violin/mandolin), and Jim Lockhart (b. 2 February 1949, Dublin, Eire; flute, violin, keyboards), although Sinnott was replaced by Gus Gueist and then John Fean (b. November 1951, Dublin, Eire) in turn.

The Horslips took the theme of Irish legends for many of their songs, and when they toured as support to Steeleye Span even featured a complete performance ofThe Táin, a more rock-based recording than their 1972 debut. Fean’s guitar work could switch from the melodic style of ‘Aliens’, to the much heavier ‘Man Who Built America’. They maintained a strong cult following, but, only one album,...

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