Eamon Carr Barry Devlin Johnny Fean Jim Lockhart Charles O'Connor

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NEW HORSLIPS CD RELEASED

Get on over to the official site for all the details. It can be bought in most of the major record stores in Ireland and through their online stores.

Here is the press release :-

ROLLBACK
THE NEW ALBUM FROM HORSLIPS
RELEASE DATE: 26 NOVEMBER 2004

Dublin - November, 2004

When Horslips released their first single - Johnny's Wedding - on St Patrick's Day in 1972 and followed it up with the album Happy To Meet, Sorry To Part that same Christmas they turned rock music in Ireland on its head. The band's fusion of traditional Irish tunes with original lyrics and driving rock rhythms served them well through no fewer than twelve albums of which the best known are probably The Táin, The Book Of Invasions and The Man Who Built America.

By the time they finished touring in October 1980 the band - Eamon Carr, Barry Devlin, John Fean, Jim Lockhart and Charles O' Connor - had entertained an entire generation of Irish kids. But it wasn't just the ballrooms of Ireland that rocked to the Dancehall Sweethearts. Horslips toured ceaselessly in Britain, Europe and America, their last US tour taking place in the spring of 1980. Today all albums continue to sell well and the band's anthemic single Dearg Doom is known to a whole generation of clubbers who weren't even thought of when Horslips was in its pomp.

So why did the band go back into studio in Grouse Lodge this summer and put down fifteen tracks for Rollback the first new Horslips release in almost 30 years?

Jim Lockhart, Horslips flautist and keyboards player explains. "It's kind of an unplugged album. We were always pretty loud and on the nail, cos we were hugely into performance. But when we were writing these songs all those years ago, they all had other possibilities, other ways they might have developed, other musical paths they might have taken. And we've explored those this time round. So for instance, The Man Who Built America has reverted to the waltz time in which it was originally written, Trouble is a skinny blues lurch.. and so on."

Charles O' Connor, the band's fiddle, mandolin and concertina player says: "It's been extraordinarily exciting for us to get back together and revisit and re explore these tunes. We hope that comes across on the album.."

Rollback is set for release on November 26 and features 15 tracks + Bonus 4 Track Enhanced CD + 16 Page Booklet. The DVD Return Of The Dancehall Sweethearts - a history of the band through its entire career from 1970 to 1980 - is due for release early next year.

For more information, contact: Entertainment Architects - 01-219-4661

www.Horslips.ie




Kevin J. Duddy kindly sent me photos of the gig on Saturday night. Click on the Photo below to see the photos.



The BBC had a news report on the Exhibition. I downloaded the section and converted it to an MPEG file. It is 1 minute 45 seconds long. Unfortunately even with the best compression in order to keep a reasonable quality the file is 15 meg. For those who haven't seen it and have a fast connection, click on the image below to view or download the file.




Horslips played a 30 minute acoustic set at the Orchard Gallery in Derry last night (20th March) at the opening of the "Horslips - A History" exhibition. Could it be a taste of things to come? We can only keep our fingers crossed and hope for more.



HORSLIPS EXHIBITION


From March 22 to April 2nd there will be a Horslips Exhibition in Londonderry, N.I. Here's the Belfast Telegraph Article about it:-


Monday, march 22 - almost exactly 32 years after the release of Horslips first single, Johnny's Wedding, - sees an exhibition of horslips memorabilia open in the Orchard Gallery, under St Columb's Hall theatre in Derry, where the band played exactly 30 years ago.

The exhibition is being mounted and curated by Jim Nelis, technical manager at the Millennium Forum Theatre, assisted by Stephen Ferris, Ballymena and Paul Callaghan from Kingscourt, Co Cavan.

Jim said: "I used to go to all the band's gigs in the area when I was a kid. I had all the albums and I'd blag posters and articles. I even got some of the tour jackets. Eventually I had more stuff about the band than they did. And I thought Why not put it on show?"

Putting it on show has involved amassing items as diverse as Japanese and Russian lyric sheets, rare single issues, plectrums, tour jackets, guitars

"Barry Devlin's green starburst shamrock guitar is a standout item," according to Jim who added: "The band are coming up to the exhibition to see it for themselves. Charles O' Connor is making his way over from Whitby where he now lives. The others are coming up from Dublin. There's no gig planned or anything like that, but once they're together in the same room, who knows? "

Entrance is free, though there is a discretionary donation for a local charity. The exhibition will run until Friday April 2 from 10am to 5pm daily except Sunday.

As Johnny Fean seams to be the only member of the band actively playing in public any more here is a link to his site.

THE JOHNNY FEAN SITE



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