IRA (Polish band)

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IRA
IRA 2007.jpg
Background information
Origin Radom, Poland
Genres rock, hard rock, pop-rock
Years active 1987–1996
2002–present
Labels Proint, Kontakt, TOP Music, Akar, Zic-Zac, BMG Poland, Ql Music
Website http://www.ira.art.pl
Members Artur Gadowski - lead vocals
Marcin Bracichowicz - guitar
Piotr Konca - guitar
Piotr Sujka - Bass
Wojciech Owczarek - drums and percussion
Past members Grzegorz Wawrzeńczyk (1987-1988)
Dariusz Grudzień (1987-1989)
Tomasz Bracichowicz (1988-1989)
Jarosław Zarychta (1989-1991)
Paweł Matracki (1990-1991)
Piotr Łukaszewski (1991-1996)
Jakub Płucisz (1987-1996)
Zbigniew Suski (2001-2003
Sebastian Piekarek (2003-2005)
Maciej Gładysz (2003-2005)
Notable instruments
Fender Stratocaster
PRS Custom 24
Gibson Les Paul Custom
Gibson Firebird
Yamaha APX
PRS Custom 24 10 TOP 2001
Fender Jazz Bass
Fender Precision Bass
Mesa Boogie Amplifiers & Cabinets
Ernie Ball Strings
Zildjian Cymbals
Gładek Drumsticks
TC Electronic Effects
DW Collector's Series Maple Drums

IRA - Polish rock band formed in 1987 in Radom by Jakub Płucisz (guitar), Wojciech Owczarek (drums), Artur Gadowski (vocal, guitar), Dariusz Grudzień (bass) and Grzegorz Wawrzeńczuk (keyboards). They gained a wide popularity in Poland in the early nineties, mainly after releasing the "Mój Dom" album, with the hit title song, which was still during their garage and semi-professional days. They also gained some local popularity amongst the Polish-speaking citizens in the United States, where they lived and worked for few months. After signing a professional contract back in Poland, they released a few albums which didn't prove to be commercially successful (except for the "Mój Dom" follow-up, which was "IRA 1993"), and the band disbanded afterwards. Artur Gadowski started a solo career. He opened for Brian May before his show in Warsaw in September 1998. Artur's solo efforts weren't very successful either, and what success he did gain was largely based on the then legendary status of IRA. A few years later the band reunited, and exists up to now. Once again, they have not attained much popularity, but are well-known amongst hard rock fans in Poland (though they play mainly pop-oriented hard rock), and their concerts are selling rather well.

Etymology[edit]

The name "IRA" comes from a Latin word ira, meaning anger (this was the band founders' intention), however most people think they used an acronym for Irish Republican Army.[citation needed]

Current line-up[edit]

Other musicians[edit]

  • Kuba Płucisz – guitar (1987–1996)
  • Darek Grudzień – bass (1987–1989)
  • Grzegorz Wawrzeńczuk – keyboards (1987–1988)
  • Tomek Bracichowicz – keyboards (1988–2004)
  • Piotr Łukaszewski – guitar (1991–1996)
  • Jarek Zarychta – keyboards (1989–1991)
  • Paweł Matrack – guitar (1990–1991)
  • Zbigniew Suski – guitar (2002–2004)
  • Sebastian Piekarek – guitar (2004)
  • Maciek Gładysz – guitar (2004)

Discography[edit]

  • IRA (1989, Gadowski, Płucisz, Owczarek, Grudzień, Bracichowicz)
  • Mój dom (1991, Gadowski, Płucisz, Łukaszewski, Sujka, Owczarek)
  • 1993 rok (1993, Gadowski, Płucisz, Łukaszewski, Sujka, Owczarek. Gościnnie w utworze Wiara na fortepianie T. Bracichowicz)
  • Live (1993)
  • Znamię (1994, Gadowski, Płucisz, Łukaszewski, Sujka, Owczarek. Gościnnie w utworze "Wojna" D. Sadoś, G. Zamorski)
  • Ogrody (1995, Gadowski, Płucisz, Łukaszewski, Sujka, Owczarek. Gościnnie S. Piwowar oraz Lech "Groszek" Grochala – obaj na instrumentach perkusyjnych)
  • Tu i Teraz (2002, Gadowski, Owczarek, Sujka, Suski)
  • Ogień (2004, Gadowski, Owczarek, Sujka, Piekarek, Gładysz, Bracichowicz)
  • Live 15-lecie (2004)
  • Londyn 08:15 (2007)
  • 9 (2009)
  • X (2013)

Artur Gadowski solo[edit]

  • Artur Gadowski (1998)
  • G.A.D. (2000)

External links[edit]