Anyone but Bono… (Part Three)

Stephen ShorttAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog, Culture

Alternatives to U2…

The is the third part of my series about Irish music.  I hope you enjoyed the previous blog posts on alternatives to U2.  So we have talked about modern legends, current superstars and now let’s go back for some greats from the past.

Thin Lizzy

Thin Lizzy was formed in 1969 in Dublin.  The band was led by the bassist Phil Lynott whose statue can be seen just off Grafton Street.  He is a Dublin icon and many pay tribute to him by putting a plectrum on his statue.  He wasn’t the only superstar in the band with many critically acclaimed artists being part of the band’s history.  Thin Lizzy are also a major inspiration for modern heavy metal bands such as Metallica.


Van Morrison

Known as “Van the Man” to many of his fans (including my dad), he has to be one of the greatest Irish musicians of all time.  Morrison has received six Grammy Awards, the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  We can confidently say he is a music legend.


The Undertones

In 1975, this punk rock band was formed in Derry in Northern Ireland.  I’ll be honest the only song I really like is “Teenage Kicks” but what a song that is. DJ John Peel played in twice in a row on his legendary show on BBC One and he also admitted he cried when he first heard this epic tune.

Here is the link to the playlist for this week’s blog:

Are there any Irish Singers or bands I have left out that are popular in your country or that you like?

Please let us know if you have come across any cool Irish bands that you love. We would love to hear from you.