Horslips announce the release of album ‘BIOGRAPHY’ – NOV 1ST + BOOK “Horslips – Tall Tales: The Official Biography” by Mark Cunningham.

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Horslips Biography


 + BOOK “Horslips – Tall Tales: The Official Biography” by Mark Cunningham. Published in hardback by The O’Brien Press on 4th November 2013, price €24.99

Regarded as the ‘founding fathers of Celtic rock’, Horslips announce the release of their album ‘Biography’ (Nov 1st) and book “Horslips – Tall Tales: The Official Biography” (Nov 4th on O’Brien press). Biography is an accumulation of songs that established them as one of the greatest and most important bands ever to come out of Ireland. Precisely 40 years on from the release of The Táin, Biography is a new 23-track double-CD release that compiles for the first time a complete set of the A and B sides of Horslips’ entire UK single release catalogue.

This unique package includes original 45rpm remixes and edits never previously available on CD. Also appearing for the first time on CD are ‘Bridge From Heart To Heart’ (a highly sought-after outtake from the Aliens album sessions) and the band’s rousing version of Johnny & The Hurricanes’ 1959 instrumental hit, ‘Red River Rock’ (recorded live in Cleveland, Ohio in 1978).

Founded in 1970, Horslips released 12 genre-defining albums and toured relentlessly throughout Ireland, the UK, Europe and North America over their original 10 year career. Back home, Eamon Carr, Barry Devlin, Johnny Fean, Jim Lockhart and Charles O’Connor took provincial Irish dancehalls by storm, creating a new rock music circuit and infusing the country’s disenfranchised youth with a new sense of cultural pride. In doing so, they paved the way for a new generation of bands, including The Undertones, The Radiators From Space and U2.

‘The longest tea break in rock ’n’ roll’ preceded Horslips’ surprise live reunion at the opening of the ‘History of Horslips’ exhibition in Derry in 2004. At the time, however, there was no indication of the full-on comeback that was to follow five years later. Since then they have been wowing fans, old and new, with triumphant arena, theatre and festival appearances, and epic performances with symphony orchestras.

With ‘Horslips – Tall Tales: The Official Biography by Mark Cunningham (O’Brien Press) we see the long-awaited, first-ever book dedicated to the history of Horslips; where they tell their story in their own words – the tours, the songs, the recording sessions, the heartbreaking split and the triumphant comeback. Featuring a wealth of rare photographs and memorabilia including album art, handwritten lyrics, set lists, session notes, concert posters and tickets from the personal collections of the band members and their fans, this is the definitive history of a truly legendary band.



1. The High Reel

2. Dearg Doom

*3. More Than You Can Chew (Original Single Remix)

*4. Nighttown Boy (Original Single Edit)

5. King of the Fairies

6. (If That’s What You Want) That’s What You Get (Original Single Edit)

7. Warm Sweet Breath of Love

*8. The Power and the Glory (Original Single Remix)

9. Speed the Plough

10. The Man Who Built America

11. Loneliness


1. Furniture

2. The Shamrock Shore

3. Faster Than the Hound

4. We Bring the Summer With Us

5. Sunburst

6. The Snakes’ Farewell to the Emerald Isle

7. King of Morning, Queen of Day

*8. Sir Festus Burke

*9. Bridge From Heart to Heart

*10. Red River Rock (Live)

11. Long Weekend

12. Homesick

*previously unreleased on CD.

CD Pre-Order Link: http://po.st/a7WTHf




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Book PR: Gráinne Killeen PR Ph: + 353 1 2606610 // + 353 87 9191557 grainne@killeencommunications.com

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