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Re: HORSLIPS CON 2022
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Rob

Firstly my very sincere good wishes to your wife, yourself and all who know love and care for you both. May the good lady recover fully, and rapidly from her illness.

Thank you very much for floating the possibility of a further Con next year. Wonderful news. And very very badly needed.

My responses are as follows:

1. Yes I would happily go to Belfast
2. September/October/November period please
3. Yes, I would buy a T Shirt with pleasure sir.

Hopefully some live music might be possible. You will know which local bands might be best suited to perform Horslips, or Horslips-related, music. Even - whisper it - an appearance or two from some of the band members. Even if only for a quick acoustic ditty or two.

But ANYTHING at all that allows us to relive some of the great times and memories of the past 50 years would be truly special.

Best wishes from Kent UK.

Posted on: 30/10/21 6:07
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Re: The End
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And I have no doubt you said so in the most eloquent and gracious way John. In that regard you have performed an invaluable service for us all by passing on your words of thanks in person.

A gentle feeling of melancholy has settled over me today as I absorb the news we are conversing about. I only discovered it yesterday, mere minutes before I posted my earlier message. Horslips have been the soundtrack to my life from 1972 when I first came across them, aged 21, right up to the present day, when I have just turned 70.

Even though it is highly unlikely I would have ever seen them again, I feel sad that even the remote possibility I might somehow do so is now forever extinguished. But haven't we all been incredibly lucky to have had them in our lives for well nigh on fifty years?

The answer to that question is a resounding YES! Yes we have been. Very lucky indeed. And then some!

Posted on: 25/10/21 20:29
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Re: The End
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Somewhere deep inside I half-expected that the end of the road for Horslips was imminent. Initially I thought the upcoming - now cancelled - gigs would be their swansong. And what a swansong it would have been. Sadly, but entirely understandably, those farewell appearances - if that is what they would have been - are just not feasible any longer.

Now that the end has come, all I have in my heart is gratitude, love and respect for this amazing band of troubadours. A band that has delighted me, excited me, uplifted me, surprised me, and made me feel part of a family of fans and followers the length and breadth of Ireland, stretching over to the UK, into Europe, across the Atlantic, and down into Australia and New Zealand. From buying my first Horslips record, Johnny's Wedding, to seeing them for the first time in Tramore in 1974, to the final time I saw them at the O2 in Dublin in 2009 - a mere 35 years later - and on to compiling my most recent Horslips playlist just a couple of weeks ago, it has been been quite, quite extraordinary.

By my reckoning both Jim and Barry are now in their mid-70s, Johnny is on the cusp of 70, and of course both Charles and Eamonn have found the demands of remaining in the band unsustainable. All five of them well deserve to hang up their instruments, park the touring bus for the last time, and enjoy the many years I hope they all still have ahead of them.

For me, the joy and delight Horslips continue to bring me is best summarised in the following lines from one of my most favourite tracks by them - Sideways to The Sun

'We're the mystery of the lake
When the water's still
We're the laughter in the twilight
You can hear beyond the hill...'

I will always hear that twilight laughter gentlemen. And it will always sing to my soul.

Thank you Charles, Eamonn, Barry, Jim and Johnny. Wherever you go, whatever you do, may the road always rise with you and may the gentle breezes always take you home.

Posted on: 24/10/21 17:44
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Re: Best Compilation Album
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And finally - at last you say - my third album, comprising all those rock tracks most of you have long forgotten. That is if you ever took any notice of them in the first place. A terrifying tendency towards the well known and hackneyed end of the scale. But I like 'em!

So in no particular order...

Real Wild Child - Iggy Pop
Hollywood Nights - Bob Seger
Baba O'Reilly - The Who
Helter Skelter - Beatles
American Made - George Thorogood
Jumpin' In The Night - Flamin' Groovies
Moonlight Shadow - Mike Oldfield
At The Crossroads - Sir Douglas Quintet
Can't Stop Rocking - ZZ Top
In My Mind - Golden Dawn

Honourable mentions to

Fire Engine - 13th Floor Elevators
Endless Weekend - Golden Horde
Time of The Season - Zombies
You Really Got Me - Kinks
Looking For A Rainbow - Chris Rea

Posted on: 18/08/21 19:42
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Re: Best Compilation Album
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Always dangerous to let me loose on any kind of list. I've now decided to do a second compilation. First time round it was an all Irish album. This time its a kind of Roots/Country-ish album.

I totally accept this is complete self-indulgence of no interest whatsoever to anyone except myself.

Lonesome Fugitive - Merle Haggard
Good Hearted Woman - Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
Sunday Morning Coming Down - Kris Kristofferson
Your Cheatin' Heart - Hank Williams
Sweet Virginia - Rolling Stones
Fraulein - Bobby Helms
Break My Mind - Roy Orbison
He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones
Poor Boy Blues - Mark Knopfler & Chet Atkins
Hickory Wind - Byrds

And an honourable mention to:

The Streets of Baltimore - Des Kelly
Ring of Fire - Sharon Shannon

Posted on: 18/08/21 5:08
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Re: Best Compilation Album
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An all Irish list from me good people. Love every one of those tracks, and could add 40-50 more if pushed..

I'll Be Waiting - Horslips
Days of Pearly Spencer - David McWilliams
Mystic Eyes - Them
Sandy's On The Phone Again - Grannies Intentions
Morning Dew - Sugar Shack
I Went Out with My Baby Tonight - Moses K & The Prophets
I Get So Excited - Real McCoy
Killer On The Loose - Thin Lizzy
Dr Crippen's Waiting Room - Orange Machine
Blister On The Moon - Taste

And a very honourable mention to one extra track

Gloria's Dream - Belfast Gypsies.

Posted on: 16/08/21 18:52
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Re: Horslips and ? Fantasy Tour
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Impossible to stick with two. So I'm going to suggest two different bands on each night of a time-travelling five city all-around-Ireland tour. If you don't remember the 60's, 70's and 80's scenes in Ireland a lot of the following bands won't mean a thing to you.

Belfast - Them and Anno Domini

Dublin - Thin Lizzy and the Orange Machine

Cork - Taste & Gaslight

Limerick - Reform and Grannies Intentions

Galway - Sugar Shack & the Golden horde

Posted on: 28/05/21 0:08
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Re: ROLL CALL FOR POSTERS
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The North Kent chapter of the Horslips Appreciation Society (Membership 1 - me) is well and thriving. Many thanks for the opportunity to reach out to all other Lipso's fans and friends.

This site, and the postings of everyone who visits, have played a major role in keeping me safe and healthy during the on-again, off-again, on-again shenanigans over the past twelve months. As of course have all the Horslips albums, You Tube posts, DVD's, books and everything else associated with our heroes.

Keep safe all, and get those vaccines into ya!

Posted on: 06/02/21 23:53
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Re: Happy Birthday Jim
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Particular thoughts and prayers for the day that is in it Jim. Thank you for all the years of fine music and marvellous memories.

Posted on: 06/02/21 23:43
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Re: First Concert, Favourite/Memorable Concert, Life changing album(s)
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Hawkwind at The Savoy in Cork in 1974. Taste farewell at the same venue in 1970. Horslips in Tramore 1974 also. Grannies Intentions reunion at the TV Club in Harcourt Street 1983. The Stones at Slane Castle 1981. Fleetwood Mac at Wembley 1990. So many great memories. and best of all Horslips at The O2 in 2009. What an extraordinary, amazing, emotional, moving, laughter-filled, tear-filled uplifting, life-affirming memory-inducing event THAT was. Thank God I was there...

Posted on: 06/02/21 23:37
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Re: Merry Christmas everyone on Fantasia
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Go raibh mile maith agat John. Thank you very much sir. A wonderful posting. A wonderful memory. And wonderful to have a live version of a track from Drive The Cold winter Away. Always my favourite Horslips album.

I still cling on to a faint hope that one day the original five band members perform on stage again. That in no way disrespects the wonderful contributions made by Ray Fean, Myles Lally, and way back at the beginning, Declan Synott and Gus Guest. But for me the five guys who rocked up in Co. Tipperary to record Happy To Meet in 1972 will ALWAYS be the orginal and best version of the band.

Happy Christmas John and all Fantasia-ists. Here's to a healthy, and Covid-19 free 2021

Posted on: 24/12/20 19:27
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Re: Horslips Christmas Video
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Well said Don. It would be a major uplift.

Meanwhile I have been busy compiling my own favourite Horslips compilations. Their best Irish Language tracks, their best modern rock tracks, their best instrumental tracks, their best 'forgotten'/'rarely played' tracks etc, etc. All selections are highly subjective and likely to find little favour with other fans. But it keeps me happy, gainfully busy, out of everyone's way, and wrapped in the warm glow of affectionate recollection. Especially remembering where I was, what I was doing, who I was with and so on, when I heard these tracks for the first time...

Posted on: 23/12/20 21:43
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Re: Happy Birthday Eamon
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Eamon - may I join in the congratulatory messages please?And also say thanks once again for the many years of pleasure your drumming, your musicianship, your writing and your many other creative pursuits have provided me with over almost 50 years.

Happy Birthday sir. And happy returns a-plenty to follow.

Posted on: 16/11/20 20:50
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Re: SAD NEWS
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This is really sad news and my heart goes out to Jim and his entire family. I never had the pleasure of meeting either Frances or Jim personally. I only know Horslips and its individual members through their music. However it is clear from the heartfelt messages posted here that Frances was a really wonderful lady.

My God bless her and keep her in peace.

Posted on: 21/09/20 23:27
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Re: Another Horslips Virtual Gig 17th March 2020
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Great idea Don. I'm up for that if it is at all possible.

Posted on: 27/03/20 3:09
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Re: Best Wishes
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And God Bless yourselves lovely people. Stay safe, keep loving each other, be happy. We are ALL coming through this together!

I'm following your excellent encouragement and listening to Horslips. All day, every day.

Couldn't do better.

Posted on: 27/03/20 3:06
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Re: Another Horslips Virtual Gig 17th March 2020
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This is absolutely fabulous. A wonderful idea and amazing on so many different levels. Many many thanks to John for service above and beyond to all fellow Horslips fans.

May I wish everything healthy, peaceful and neighbourly to all other good people on this site, your wider families, friends and loved ones.

As the late great actor Michael Conrad, in Emmy-award winning role as Sgt. Phil Esterhaus in Hill Street Blues used to say "Let's be careful out there..."

Posted on: 23/03/20 2:45
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Re: Sideways to the Sun live !
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They would an' all Don. I like your idea. And why not! A lot of the same kind of mystique in The Delta as in the beautiful Boyne Valley.

Posted on: 14/03/20 22:36
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Re: Sideways to the Sun live !
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This is tremendous, and I am indebted to Taff for posting it. Thank you kind sir!

Sideways To The Sun has always been one of my top 5 Horslips tracks. It captures perfectly the sense of magic and mysticism at the heart of so many of the heroic legends. When I hear it I can easily imagine myself somewhere in the Boyne Valley over a thousand years ago listening to,and learning from, an ancient, bearded, hooded druidic figure.

Back to the video clip. It shows once again the many layers and different dimensions in Horslips music. I have always been a little bit frustrated when I hear the band being classified as Celtic Rock. Of course they were THE Celtic Rock pioneers. But they were an awful lot more too. Sideways To The Sun can be considered as a kind of Celtic Folk Blues. Written in Ireland it may be, but it would not be out of place if played in the Mississippi Delta.

Posted on: 10/03/20 20:03
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Re: Happy Birthday Jim
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Indeed Jim. Happy Birthday, Many Happy Returns and huge thanks for the very nearly 50 years of musical pleasure you and the band have given me, and countless others.

Posted on: 07/02/20 3:25
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