The Rob Strong Band, live in Enniscorthy
Legendary Irish blues/soul singer Rob Strong brings his fabulous band to Enniscorthy after celebrating his 75th birthday in February after an incredible 60 years on the road. As the title of his recently published biography suggests, the Derry-born singer is ‘STILL STRONG’ and continues to perform across Ireland in 2022.
In the early 1970s, no one in Ireland embodied the raw energy of blues rock and soul music quite like Rob Strong. Rob is known as “The Godfather of Soul” but is versatile in singing all other genres, especially rock, blues, jazz and pop.
Although born in Derry, Rob Strong moved to Omagh aged 16, where he was to join two of Ireland’s biggest showbands, The Polka Dots (with Frankie McBride) from 1965 to 1967 and the iconic Plattermen from 1967 to 1974. Both moves were arranged by Rob’s longtime friend and legendary singer, the late Brian Coll.
After playing bass guitar with The Polka Dots, Rob became the lead singer of The Plattermen, one of Ireland’s greatest bands of all time. He even once turned down the opportunity to join world famous rock band Deep Purple! In 1975 he spent a year with Eurovision winner Johnny Logan in a fantasy band called The Giants. Rob Strong and The Rockets were hugely popular throughout Ireland in the late 70s and early 80s. For nearly 40 years he led the Rob Strong Band, which currently includes top musicians Sean Behan on lead guitar, Cormac Crowley on drums, Salvatore Urbano on keyboards and Rob himself on vocals and bass.
Rob’s incredible story is described by Brush Shiels as a “phenomenal biography” and comes highly recommended by Joe Duffy on Liveline. The biography was written by her manager Paul Holland, with the foreword written by Horslips’ Barry Devlin. Ireland’s biggest names give fascinating interviews about Rob and the Irish music scene from the 60s to the 90s with household names such as Phil Coulter, Johnny Logan, Colm Wilkinson, Brian Coll, Paul Brady, Don Baker, Brush Shiels, Mary Coughlan, Pat Shortt, P. Brian D’Arcy, Barry Devlin, his son Andrew Strong (who rose to worldwide fame when he played “Deco Cuffe” in the movie The Commitments) and the original guitarist by Thin Lizzy, Eric Bell. They remember many memorable moments from Rob’s career, with the overwhelming consensus that his incredible voice and bass playing have always been world class.