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Famous Guitarists from Belfast

Updated June 8, 2017 1.8k views9 items

List of famous guitarists born who were born in Belfast, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from Belfast are legends in the music world, each with their own innovative styles of play. If you play guitar, whether acoustic or electric, then these famous Belfast guitar players should be people you look up to. These are some of the best guitarists that have ever picked up the instrument, and whether they play rock, blues, metal or folk, these men and women are considered legends.

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This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Belfast?" and "Who are famous Belfast guitarists?"
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  • Van Morrison
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    Sir George Ivan "Van" Morrison OBE (born 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter, instrumentalist and record producer. His professional career began as a teenager in the late 1950s playing a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, keyboards and saxophone for various Irish showbands, covering the popular hits of that time. Van Morrison rose to prominence in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of the Northern Irish R&B band Them, with whom he recorded the garage band classic "Gloria". His solo career began under the pop-hit oriented guidance of Bert Berns with the release of the hit single "Brown Eyed Girl" in 1967. After Berns's death, Warner Bros. Records bought out...  more
    • Nationality: Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
    • Birthplace: Pottinger

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  • Robert William Gary Moore (4 April 1952 – 6 February 2011) was a Northern Irish guitarist and singer-songwriter. His music was in genres including blues, heavy metal and hard rock. He is often described as a virtuoso on the guitar.During his teenage years in the 1960s, Moore played in the line up of a number of local Belfast based bands, before a move to Dublin, Ireland, after being asked to join the Irish band Skid Row before the departure of lead singer Phil Lynott. Later on, Moore played in Thin Lizzy and British jazz-rock fusion band Colosseum II, as well as having his own successful solo career. Moore shared the stage with such blues and rock musicians as B.B. King, Albert King, John...  more
    • Nationality: Northern Ireland
    • Birthplace: Belfast, United Kingdom
    • Guitars Played: Gibson SG, Ibanez, Jackson, 1959 Gibson Les Paul Sunburst, Charvel

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  • Eric Robin Bell (born 3 September 1947 in East Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a Northern Irish rock and blues musician, best known as a founder member and the original guitarist of the rock group Thin Lizzy. After his time in Thin Lizzy, he briefly fronted his own group before joining The Noel Redding Band in the mid-1970s. He has since released several solo albums and performs regularly with a blues-based trio, the Eric Bell Band....  more
    • Nationality: Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom
    • Birthplace: Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Vivian Campbell
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    Vivian Campbell

    Vivian Patrick Campbell (born 25 August 1962) is a Northern Irish rock guitarist. He came to prominence in the early 1980s as a member of Dio, and has been a member of Def Leppard since 1992 (replacing Steve Clark after his death.) Campbell has also worked with Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Sweet Savage, Trinity, Riverdogs, and Shadow King....  more
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
    • Birthplace: Belfast, United Kingdom