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The Flaming Horslips

  • Stuart Bailie
  • 21 Mar 08, 04:27 PM

Stuart Bailie.jpgOnwards, then to Part Three of the music series, So Hard to Beat. Tonight I’m in conversation with Barry Devlin from Horslips. The guy is a deeply funny man. He’s a natural born raconteur and he does a fine line in self-depreciation. This is perhaps necessary as the band are probably still wanted by the fashion police on several continents. Meantime their back catalogue contains so many instances of prog rock crimes. But we should still love the Horslips.

horslips.jpgBarry talks about his upbringing in Ardboe, Co Tyrone and his teenage days at a seminary in Navan. Thereafter we’re into the ferment of Seventies Dublin, where Barry chanced it with style and became a big-haired role model for rural fantasists. Also, they recorded ‘The Tain’ and ‘The Book Of Invasions’, so all was ultimately worthwhile.

There are few second acts in Irish rock, but Barry rode shotgun with U2 through their most exciting days, filming and documenting. He then wrote a bunch of screenplays and watched in amazement as Horslips reformed, almost by accident. My ears are still ringing with his laughter. Listen in at 7.30pm and again at 11am, Saturday.


Stu Bailie presents The Late show on Radio Ulster, every Friday from 10pm until midnight. See his playlist here.

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