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, My Music
Website http://www.ira.art.pl
Members Artur Gadowski
Piotr Sujka
Wojtek Owczarek
Marcin Bracichowicz
Piotr Konca
Past members Kuba Płucisz
Darek Grudzień
Grzegorz Wawrzeńczuk
Tomek Bracichowicz
Piotr Łukaszewski
Jarek Zarychta
Paweł Matrack
Zbigniew Suski
Sebastian Piekarek
Maciek Gładysz

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.

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]

Discography[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
POL
[1]
Ira
  • Released: December 1989
  • Label: Pronit
  • Formats: CD, CS
Mój dom
  • Released: June 1991
  • Label: Kontakt, Top Music
  • Formats: CD, CS
1993 rok
  • Released: April 16, 1993
  • Label: Top Music
  • Formats: CD, CS
Znamię
  • Released: September 1, 1994
  • Label: Top Music
  • Formats: CD, CS
Ogrody
  • Released: September 28, 1995
  • Label: Zic Zac
  • Formats: CD, CS
Tu i teraz
  • Released: August 12, 2002[2]
  • Label: BMG Poland
  • Formats: CD
24
Ogień
  • Released: April 29, 2004[3]
  • Label: El Mariach
  • Formats: CD
2
Londyn 08:15
  • Released: September 3, 2007[4]
  • Label: QL Music
  • Formats: CD
1
9
  • Released: November 2, 2009[5]
  • Label: QL Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download[6]
15
  • POL: 15,000+[7]
X
  • Released: April 16, 2013[9]
  • Label: My Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download[10]
4
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

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