Irish rock legends Horslips will play December dates in the Odyssey Arena in Belfast and O2 in Dublin, MCD Concerts announced today.
The dates have been confirmed as Thursday Dec 3 in Belfast and Saturday Dec 5 in Dublin. Tickets for both shows go on sale Thursday 9 July at 9am. The band will play songs from their ten albums from the â€˜70â€™s and from the more recent Rollback unplugged session.
â€œItâ€™ll be a Horslips concert people who saw the band back then will recognise,â€ says fiddle, mandolin and concertina player Charles Oâ€™Connor. â€œbut thereâ€™ll be a few surprises as well in the form of material we may not have played live before.â€
Drummer Eamon Carr will not play the concerts, citing personal reasons. Though he is fully supportive of the concerts and reamins a fifth member. His place on the night will be taken by noted drummer Ray Fean, brother of the bandâ€™s lead guitarist Johnny Fean.
â€œIt was kind of Eamonâ€™s idea,â€ says bassist Barry Devlin. â€œWeâ€™d been trying to make this work pretty much since we did Rollback inâ€™05. Denis Desmond was very supportive of the idea of live gigs from us. And though Eamon did Ardan and Other Voices at the time, they were TV gigs and we couldnâ€™t get bigger live concerts to happen. Finally Eamon said, look, why donâ€™t you see if Ray Fean will do thisâ€¦.â€™
â€œIâ€™m delighted to be able to do these concerts,â€ says Ray, well known as Riverdance and Sharon Shannon Big Band drummer and currently on tour with Celtic Woman. â€œIâ€™ve followed the band since I was kid. Big brother John, like. I reckon l already know most of the parts by heartâ€¦