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List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland

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List of Northern Ireland bands, listed by their level of fame. This Northern Ireland musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Northern Ireland bands are included, as well as many Northern Ireland musicians of underground status. This list of Northern Ireland musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous Northern Ireland bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

Examples of bands on this list include Van Morrison and Snow Patrol.

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Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Genre: Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul & Pop music; Nationality: Northern Ireland

Albums: Astral Weeks, Moondance, Saint Dominic's Preview, It's Too Late to Stop Now, The Best of Van Morrison, + more

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 ...more

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Snow Patrol is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland

Albums: Eyes Open, Final Straw, Live and Acoustic at Park Ave., When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up, The Trip: Created by Snow Patrol, + more

Snow Patrol are an Irish-Scottish rock band from Northern Ireland and Scotland, formed in Dundee, Scotland in 1994, consisting of Gary Lightbody (vocals, guitar), Nathan Connolly (guitar, ...more

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Stiff Little Fingers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland

Albums: Inflammable Material, Now Then…, Nobody's Heroes, Guitar and Drum, See You Up There!, + more

Stiff Little Fingers are a punk rock band from Belfast, Northern Ireland. They formed in 1977, at the height of the Troubles. They started out as a schoolboy band called Highway Star (named ...more

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The Undertones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland

Albums: The Undertones, Hypnotised, The Sin of Pride, Positive Touch, Get What You Need, + more

The Undertones are a rock band formed in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1974. From 1975 to 1983, the Undertones consisted of Feargal Sharkey (vocals), John O'Neill (rhythm guitar, vocals), Damian ...more
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Gama Bomb is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland

Albums: Tales From the Grave in Space, Survival of the Fastest, The Terror Tapes, Citizen Brain, The Fatal Mission, + more

Gama Bomb is a thrash metal band based in Northern Ireland. Their 2009 album Tales from the Grave in Space was one of the first albums ever released as a completely free download while signed to ...more
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Therapy? is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland

Albums: Troublegum, Semi-Detached, High Anxiety, Babyteeth, Shameless, + more

Therapy? are an alternative rock band from Northern Ireland. The band was formed in 1989 by guitarist–vocalist Andy Cairns from Ballyclare and drummer-vocalist Fyfe Ewing from Larne, Northern ...more
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Ash is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland

Albums: 1977, Nu-Clear Sounds, A Life Less Ordinary, Meltdown, Free All Angels, + more

Ash are a Northern Irish rock band formed in Downpatrick in 1989 by vocalist and guitarist Tim Wheeler, bassist Mark Hamilton and drummer Rick McMurray. As a three-piece, they released ...more

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The Adventures is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland

Albums: The Sea of Love, Theodore and Friends, Lions and Tigers and Bears, Trading Secrets With the Moon, The Adventures, + more

The Adventures are a Northern Irish rock group, formed in Belfast in 1984. The band later moved to London where they signed to Chrysalis Records and released their first single in 1984. ...more

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Jake Burns is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Punk rock; Nationality: Northern Ireland
John "Jake" Burns (born 21 February 1958, Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a singer and guitarist, and is best known as the frontman of Stiff Little Fingers.

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Gary Lightbody is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Genre: Power pop, Britpop & Alternative rock; Nationality: Northern Ireland

Albums: The Last Time

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 ...more

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Henry Cluney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Genre: Rock music and Punk rock; Nationality: Northern Ireland
Henry Cluney (born 4 August 1957, Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a guitarist who is best known as a former member of the band Stiff Little Fingers. He remained with the group until lead singer ...more
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Starjets is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland

Albums: God Bless the Starjets, Ten Years

The Starjets were a late 1970s power pop/punk rock group from Belfast, Northern Ireland. The band consisted of guitarist/vocalist Terry Sharpe, guitarist/vocalist Paul Bowen, bassist Sean Martin ...more
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The Divine Comedy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland

Albums: Absent Friends, Regeneration, Liberation, Promenade, Fin de siècle, + more

The Divine Comedy are a chamber pop band from Northern Ireland formed in 1989 and fronted by Neil Hannon. Hannon has been the only constant member of the group, playing, in some instances, all ...more
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Mama's Boys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland

Albums: Relativity, Plug It In, Power and Passion, Turn It Up, The Collection, + more

Mama's Boys were a 1980s hard rock/heavy metal group from County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland featuring the three McManus brothers Pat, a.k.a. "The Professor", (guitar.occasionally ...more
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Nadine Coyle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Genre: Ballad, Pop music & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: Ireland

Albums: Insatiable, Sweetest High

Nadine Elizabeth Louise Coyle (born 15 June 1985) is an Irish singer, songwriter, actress, and model. Coyle rose to fame in the early 2000s as a member of the girl group Girls Aloud. The group ...more
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Them is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland

Albums: The Angry Young Them, Them, Them Again, Happy Tiger Years, Time Out! Time in for Them, + more

Them were a Northern Irish rock band formed in Belfast in April 1964, most prominently known for the garage rock standard "Gloria" and launching singer Van Morrison's musical career. ...more

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Aled Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Genre: Christian music; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: You Raise Me Up: The Best of Aled Jones, Hear My Prayer, Ave Maria, Pie Jesu, Morning Has Broken, + more

Aled Jones, (born 29 December 1970) is a Welsh singer and radio and television presenter. As a teenage chorister, he reached widespread fame during the mid-1980s. Since then he has become well ...more
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Linda Martin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Genre: Pop music, Pop rock & Middle of the road; Nationality: Northern Ireland
Linda Martin (born 27 March 1952) is a singer and television presenter from Northern Ireland. She is best known in Europe as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1992 with the song ...more
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D:Ream is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland

Albums: World, D:Ream On, Volume 1, In Memory Of..., Gods In the Making (Remixes), + more

D:Ream is a Northern Irish pop rock and dance group. They had a UK Number One hit with "Things Can Only Get Better" in 1994 as well as eight more top 40 hits. They released two albums, ...more
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Clodagh Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Genre: Pop music; Nationality: Northern Ireland

Albums: Save Me, You Are My Music, The Masters, You Are My Music... The Best Of

Clodagh Rodgers (born 5 March 1947) is a singer and actress from Northern Ireland, best known for her hit singles including "Come Back and Shake Me", "Goodnight Midnight",
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Bronagh Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland

Albums: Precious Soul

Bronagh Gallagher (born 26 April 1972) is an Irish singer and actress from Northern Ireland. Gallagher had her first acting role in the 1989 television movie Dear Sarah.
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Brian Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Genre: Pop music, Rock music, Country; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: On Song, Interpretations, Voice, A Better Man, On Song 2, + more

Brian Edward Patrick Kennedy (born 12 October 1966) is an Irish singer-songwriter and author from Belfast. He scored a number of hit singles and albums in the UK and RoI during the 1990s and ...more
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Phil Coulter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Genre: Popular music and Folk music; Nationality: Northern Ireland

Albums: Scottish Tranquility, Serenity, Classic Tranquility, A Touch of Tranquility, Forgotten Dreams, + more

Phil Coulter (born 19 February 1942) is an Irish musician, songwriter and record producer from Derry, Northern Ireland. He was awarded the Gold Badge from the British Academy of Songwriters, ...more
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Eire Apparent is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland

Albums: Sunrise

Eire Apparent were a band from Northern Ireland, noted for launching the careers of Henry McCullough and Ernie Graham, and for having Jimi Hendrix play on, and produce, their only album.
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Ali McMordie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Northern Ireland
Alistair Jardine "Ali" McMordie (born 31 March 1959 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a bass guitarist, who made his name with, and was a founding member of, Stiff Little Fingers. He ...more