Girlschool / The Limelight, Belfast / Tickets & info
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Fri 19 July 2019
The Limelight 2, Belfast
Girlschool are a heavy metal band originating from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal Scene in 1978 and frequently associated with contemporaries and friends Motörhead. They are the longest running all-female rock band from the UK. Still active and looking good after more than 35 years.
Formed from a school band called Painted Lady by Kim McAuliffe and Enid Williams. Girlschool enjoyed strong media exposure and commercial success in the UK in the early 1980s with three albums of ‘punk-tinged metal’ and a few singles, In the 1990s and 2000s, they concentrated their efforts on live shows and tours, reducing considerably the production of studio albums.
During their long career, Girlschool travelled all over the world, playing in many rock and metal festivals and co-headlining with or supporting some of the most important hard rock and heavy metal bands. They maintain a worldwide cult following and are considered an inspiration for many succeeding female rock musicians such as The Donnas.
Despite line-up changes in the past. original members Kim McAuliffe, and Denise (drench) Dufort are still in the band to this day. Original member lead guitarist /vocalist/songwriter Kelly Johnson died of cancer in 2007 and was replaced by lead guitarist /songwriter Jackie (Jax) Chambers in 1999 till present day. Tracey Lamb has rejoined on bass following Enid’s recent departure.