Celebrate the wonder of Horslips

They’re known as ‘the founding fathers of Celtic rock’. We know them as Horslips. And they’re coming to Newry to tell their story.

Bassist and frontman Barry Devlin and keyboards, pipes, whistles and flute player Jim Lockhart will be in conversation with Fleadh committee member Jim McGrath.


We can’t wait to hear how Horslips became musical legends, and shared Irish music with the rest of the world through their blend of prog and trad.

Horslips won us over with such LPs as Happy To Meet, Sorry To Part – with its unusual concertina design – and concept albums like The Book Of Invasions: A Celtic Symphony and The Táin.

When Barry and Jim aren’t spilling the beans about the band, as part of the evening programme, The Oriel Traditional Orchestra will play some of Horslips’ hits and other trad tunes.

The Oriel Traditional Orchestra is a cross-border, intergenerational community orchestra whose members come primarily from Louth, Meath, Monaghan and Armagh.

They reflect not only Horslips’ trad roots, but also the band’s ability to play both sides of the border without prejudice. Horslips were accepted everywhere.


This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear the inside story of the band who created a genre – and to celebrate this remarkable cultural phenomenon. Everyone has special memories of how they rocked to Horslips.

Horslips In Conversation will run from 5-7pm at the Hall For All on Saturday 26 August. Admission is £10 on the door. Venue address is – 33 Downshire Road, BT34 1EE (Photo: Rs-foto).

Clive Price