Music of Northern Ireland

  • 1960
    Did you get the chance to read ‘the Bands don't play here no more' if you did, then you will have a rough idea as to what life was like in Belfast during the 1970s....

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  • 1970
    Then; as we entered the 1970s it was all so obvious by then. The city’s night life had already started to deteriorate, part from fear, part from caution....

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  • Present Day
    What followed next; was the era the Good Vibrations movie, and Hooligan the Book both spoke off, but thankfully that’s not how it all happened....

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People being cautious !

  • Bombs, Boredom and no Bands!

    That sudden absence upon the city streets night after night, combined with all those big name bands staying away, was the cause of all those clubs having to close.

    The Belfast born journalist, Carol Clark, summed it up really well in an article she once wrote for the Melody Maker away back in 73 “Bombs, Boredom and no Bands”. Extracts from a teenage diary spelling out her weekly routine. It was Showbands, Cinemas or Disco’s that was the choice you had. You either danced to the record, or to some impostor pretending to be the person you really wanted to see.


  • Sam’s Soul Club!

    Around that same time, Sam’s Soul Club, or the Viking as it is better known, sprang to life. Here you had Bill Moore; the resident DJ, playing imported Disco sounds from New York and Detroit’s underground, mixed with all the usual classics. Bowie, Ferry, Lou Reed later progressing to the likes of; Television and the Ramones. Exactly the way it happened in London and New York, it all started from the “Gay Disco” scene of the early 70s, and believe you me, Bangor was no different!

I didn’t start out on this journey with the sole intention to promote my own book. No;
I have made that clear right from the very start; this project has always been about the positive and creative side of Northern Ireland, the side obscured throughout those difficult times; the troubles!

Ignored by the World as they judged us, and at the same time they overlooked our creative side, the talent that was produced, and of course that burning desire we all have to succeed.

Fear and ignorance kept the major record companies away, but now you the chance to discover and to catch up on what they missed out on.

To see and hear some of the talent that has come out of this tiny little province in the past forty years. Names from both past to present, those who have made “Good Vibrations” a topic to talk about today, so sit back and simply enjoy!!!.