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Horslips

Studio Albums

  • Horslips Studio AlbumsHappy to Meet - Sorry to Part (1972)
  • The Táin (1973)
  • Dancehall Sweethearts (1974)
  • The Unfortunate Cup of Tea (1975)
  • Drive the Cold Winter Away (1975)
  • The Book of Invasions (1976)
  • Aliens (1977)
  • The Man Who Built America (1978)
  • Short Stories/Tall Tales (1979)
  • Roll Back (2004)

Recommended Listening

  • Happy to Meet - Sorry to Part (1972)
  • The Táin (1973)
Band Members
  • Jim Lockhart
  • Eamon Carr
  • Charles O’Connor
  • Barry Devlin
  • Johnny Fean
They said...

Q. What are your favourite Horslips’ albums?
A. Probably The Book of Invasions, The Tain, Happy to Meet - Sorry to Part and Drive the Cold Winter Away.
Eamon Carr (Horslips)

Horslips, In Tua Nua, Moving hearts, The Black Velvet band, all have contributed something different to the cause of Irish music.
Oliver Sweeney (Hot Press)

I loved Horslips although my brother was a member of the band “Mushroom” at the same time as Horslips and were kind of Trad rock rivals of Horslips back in the early seventies. So I couldn't let on that I liked them!
Jack Dublin (In Tua Nua)

I still remember being the opening act for them in Bantry Boys club, I was 16 and using Eamon's green Ludwig double kick, rock stars to us and of course I grew up with their music, brilliant. I also loved Spud! and Joe O’Donnells Vision band (brilliant).
Wayne Sheehy (Hothouse Flowers)

Horslips are part of our heritage and their original work ought to be cherished.
Matt Spalding (In Tua Nua)

Am massive fan, great to see them do comeback concert, saw them live 14 times at their peak. Magic!
Alan Corcoran (RTE)

Horslips were a big influence on me as a kid when I was starting to get into trad Irish music.
Gavin Ralston (Musician/Producer)

Horslips, In Tua Nua, Moving Hearts and the Black Velvet Band are all great bands, love their stuff.
Benny McCarthy (Danú)

Great songs - GREAT live, back in the day - sweaty, rockin’ gigs. 40 years later - reunion Xmas '09 - sweaty rockin’ gig. Excellent.
Mike Moloney (DJ)

I think Horslips were/are important culturally in so much as they pioneered the presentation of Celtic music and themes in an entertaining and fun way as well as being informative.
Greg Boland (Moving Hearts)

Eamon Carr was my hero.
Paul Byrne (In Tua Nua)

I'll have to be honest and say that I never really got the whole ‘Horslips’ thing. Perhaps it was just a little before my time or something but I certainly appear to have existed without them in my life. I was too much into The Bothy Band, De Dannan and Planxty at this stage I'd imagine.
Kevin Crawford (Lúnasa)

Horslips, In Tua Nua, Moving Hearts and the Black Velvet Band are all excellent bands!
Craig Walker (Power of Dreams)

Songs and poetry are what interest me most, Brian. From the selection of ‘Irish music’ bands you've chosen to present for my appraisal, you seem to have picked a motley crew of progressive traditionalists (if that's not a contradiction in terms).
Johnny Duhan (Singer)

Another great Irish band... ‘Celtic’ music as it should sound!
Mark Dignam (Singer)

I was a complete and utter fan of Horslips. Ever since my purchase of Green Gravel all those moons ago.I saw them perform in Ennis with Gus Guest prior to the great Concertina shaped Happy to Meet Sorry to Part. I still have the copy in my collection. I loved that album and the gigs were really special. The Tain was another great album and I remember a gig in Ennis when the entire room stopped their dancing, stood and listened as the band performed the Album mid set. I lost them with The man who built America. There is no doubt their early albums shaped my career and had a massive influence on my approach to Irish Music Entertainment. Stocktons Wing or at least my part in the band owes a lot to the ground breaking music of Horslips. Quite simply an amazing band. They had energy, innovation and a great vision. Johnny Fean was a local legend in Clare as he came from Shannon so people in Clare adopted Horslips as their own. I saw them perform many times and often travelled a few miles to get to the show. I can now admit that I kept a Horslips scrapbook and I still have that in an old box in the attic. So there!!!
Mike Hanrahan (Stockton’s Wing)

Horslips came just at the right time. The folk boom had levelled off, the showbands were on the wane and even though there were plenty rockers, with the exception of Phil Lynott and Brush Shiels, nobody came close to Horslips in terms of their imagination and style.. and because they were so popular they made Irish music fashionable.
Shay Healy

Horslips was a great Rock band that used Irish melodies very well.
Maurice Lennon (Musician)

Great band. Hugely influential. Even today thirty odd years later their sound is still what you think of when you hear a flute, a fiddle and an electric guitar together, whether that be played by the Corrs, on Riverdance or whatever. And they created great songs around some of these old airs. Dearg Doom is obviously a classic, but what about Trouble with a Capital T, Níl na Lá, The man who built America. All great.
Ronan Johnston (Singer)