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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
    Photo: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images
    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
  • Gareth John Lightbody (born 15 June 1976) is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist from Northern Ireland, best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the alternative rock band Snow Patrol. He has also founded the musical supergroups the Reindeer Section and Tired Pony....  more
    • Nationality: Northern Ireland
    • Birthplace: Bangor, United Kingdom

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