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.
|Genres||Celtic rock, Christian rock|
|Years active||1988 – present.|
|Past members||Tim Cotterell|
The band performed in the UK, Europe and the US. The band never officially disbanded.
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.
- Sammy Horner - Lead Vocals, Bass
- Paul Baird - Guitar and backing vocals.
- Davie McArthur - Drums, Bodhran.
- Allan Hewitt - Keyboards, accordion, saxophone, whistle and backing vocals.
- 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.
- 1991: Visions And Dreams (Review: Cross Rhythms)
- 1993: Big Silent World
- 1995: The Whole Shebang!
- 1997: The Electrics (Reviews: Cross Rhythms, The Phantom Tollbooth)
- 1998: Livin' It Up When I Die (Review: Cross Rhythms, The Phantom Tollbooth, HM Magazine)
- 1999: Danger Live (Review: The Phantom Tollbooth
- 2001: Reel, Folk'n'Rock'n'Roll (Review: Cross Rhythms)
- 2005: Old, New, Borrowed & Green (Review: Cross Rhythms)
- 2014: The Norway Sessions (recorded 2005, released as a digital album on Bandcamp almost 10 years later)
- Massey, Dave (August 1991). "The Electrics - Visions And Dreams". Cross Rhythms (7).
- Cummings, Tony (October 1997). "The Electrics - The Electrics". Cross Rhythms (41).
- Rimmer, Mike (December 1998). "The Electrics - Livin' It Up When I Die". Cross Rhythms (48).
- McGovern, Brian Vincent (November–December 1998). "THE ELECTRICS Livin' it Up When I Die". HM Magazine (74). ISSN 1066-6923.
- Cummings, Tony (May 2002). "The Electrics - Reel, Folk'n'Rock'n'Roll". Cross Rhythms (68).
- Further reading
- "the Electrics". 7ball (20). September–October 1998.