The Electrics

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The Electrics
Origin Dumbarton, Scotland
Genres Celtic rock, Christian rock
Years active 1988 – present.
Labels Word Records, Pila Music, 5 Minute Walk, Pleitegeier Records
Members Sammy Horner
Paul Baird
Davie McArthur
Allan Hewitt
Past members Tim Cotterell
Jim Cosgrove
Jim Devlin
Heather Negus
Kris McEwan
David Lyon
Kenny MacNicol
Robin Callander

The Electrics are a Celtic rock band from Dumbarton, Scotland. They formed in 1988 when former Infrapenny members Sammy Horner (vocals and bass guitar) and Paul Baird (guitar) asked drummer Dave McArthur and sax/keyboard player Allan Hewitt to play a gig at Glasgow's Impact Festival. The band released a self-financed cassette album, Views in Blues, in 1989. Following this recording the band evolved a celtic rock sound, heavily influenced by The Waterboys and The Pogues. Subsequent recordings included Vision and Dreams (1990) which was distributed by Word Records, and Big Silent World (1993), on Germany's Pila Music label.

Renowned for their energetic performances, the band have performed in the UK, Europe and the USA.

The band never not officially disbanded and are now in the process of planning shows in both Norway and Germany in 2017.

Sam Horner has returned to live in Ireland once again, and spends much of the year touring the world performing concerts with his wife, Kylie Horner, as The Sweet Sorrows.

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Sammy Horner - Lead Vocals, Bass
  • Paul Baird - Guitar and backing vocals.
  • Davie McArthur - Drums, Bodhran.
  • Allan Hewitt - Keyboards, accordion, saxophone, whistle and backing vocals.
Former members
  • Jim Devlin - Guitar, Mandolin
  • Jim Cosgrove - Drums
  • Tim Cotterell - Fiddle, Mandolin
  • Heather Negus - Accordion, keyboards.
  • Kris McEwan - Fiddle/mandolin.
  • David Lyon - Accordion, Keyboards
  • Kenny MacNicol - Highland/ Uhllean Pipes, whistles.
  • Robin Callander - Fiddle/mandolin.




  1. ^ Massey, Dave (August 1991). "The Electrics - Visions And Dreams". Cross Rhythms (7). 
  2. ^ Cummings, Tony (October 1997). "The Electrics - The Electrics". Cross Rhythms (41). 
  3. ^ Rimmer, Mike (December 1998). "The Electrics - Livin' It Up When I Die". Cross Rhythms (48). 
  4. ^ McGovern, Brian Vincent (November–December 1998). "THE ELECTRICS Livin' it Up When I Die". HM Magazine (74). ISSN 1066-6923. 
  5. ^ Cummings, Tony (May 2002). "The Electrics - Reel, Folk'n'Rock'n'Roll". Cross Rhythms (68). 
Further reading
  • "the Electrics". 7ball (20). September–October 1998. 

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