Musicians Famous Guitarists from Northern Ireland

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List of famous guitarists born who were born in Northern Ireland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from Northern Ireland 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 Northern Ireland 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.

List items include Van Morrison, Gary Moore and many more.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Northern Ireland?" and "Who are famous Northern Ireland guitarists?"
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from Northern Ireland
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George Ivan "Van" Morrison, OBE is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. His live performances at their best are described as mystical and transcendental, while some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance and the live album It's Too Late to Stop Now, are critically acclaimed. Known as "Van the Man" to his fans, Morrison started his professional career when, as a teenager in the late 1950s, he played a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, keyboards and saxophone for various Irish showbands covering the popular hits of the day. He rose to prominence in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of the Northern Irish R&B band Them, with whom he ...more on Wikipedia

Nationality: Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Birthplace: Pottinger

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#81 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#96 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#35 on The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

#61 on The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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Gary Moore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Northern Ireland
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Robert William Gary Moore was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer and virtuoso guitarist. In a career dating back to the 1960s, Moore played with musicians including Phil Lynott and Brian Downey during his teens, leading him to memberships with the Irish bands Skid Row and Thin Lizzy, and British Band Colosseum II. Moore shared the stage with such blues and rock musicians as B.B. King, Albert King, Jack Bruce, Albert Collins, George Harrison and Greg Lake, as well as having a successful solo career. He guested on a number of albums recorded by high-profile musicians. ...more on Wikipedia

Nationality: Northern Ireland

Birthplace: Belfast, United Kingdom

Guitars Played: Gibson SG, Ibanez, Jackson, 1959 Gibson Les Paul Sunburst, Charvel, + more

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#50 on The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

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Eric Bell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Northern Ireland
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Eric Robin Bell is a Northern Irish rock musician and guitarist, best known as a founder member and the original guitarist of the rock group Thin Lizzy. After his time in the band, he had a brief period of fronting his own group. ...more on Wikipedia

Nationality: Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom

Birthplace: Belfast, United Kingdom

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Gary Lightbody is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Northern Ireland
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Gary Lightbody is a Northern Irish, double Grammy nominee and Ivor Novello Award winning multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the alternative rock band Snow Patrol. ...more on Wikipedia

Nationality: Northern Ireland

Birthplace: Bangor, United Kingdom

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#39 on Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter

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