Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicMusicRock and Pop · 2 months ago

Why is there a British Invasion but there is no Irish Invasion?

Plenty of good musicians from Ireland: U2, Enya, Van Morrison, Thin Lizzy, Bob Geldof. Why was there no such movement as the Irish Invasion?

6 Answers

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
    Favorite Answer

    The British Invasion came on like a landslide. The Irish artists flowed in more easily. Both were loved and revered and continue to be.

  • 2 months ago

    Because the British are better obviously!

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The Brits came during the golden age of Rock and Roll, the 1960s. There were also lots of them, like The Animals, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Traffic, Yardbirds, Stones, Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rod Stewart, The Who, Zombies, Kinks, Hollies, Moody Blues, Dusty Springfield, Donovan, Tom Jones, and Herman's Hermits. 

  • Tony B
    Lv 4
    2 months ago


    The term, “British Invasion” was coined to describe the popularity of British bands in the USA in the 1960s - scores of bands toured the USA and had hits there. They virtually took over the pop music scene there which was a complete reversal of what had gone before.

    None of this applied to Irish bands, in the USA or, so far as I know, anywhere else.

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  • 2 months ago

    If you look at the Billboard "Top 100" charts for 1962 & '63, you'd find that music in N. America began to get rather "schmaltzy".  Soon after The Beatles, Brian Epstein brought other bands from his "stable" to our shores, & still other bands followed.  These bands offered bright new songs that refreshed a depleted market.  British bands dominated the N. American airwaves for the next 3 or more years.  There were dozens of them - even "one hit wonders."  

    The Irish bands were far fewer, & spread much farther apart.  There was no tsunami that forced one to pay attention.  

  • 2 months ago

    An invasion is MASSIVE. Calling it the Irish Trickle wouldn't make anyone happy.

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