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ABOUT THE STARJETS
Welcome to the official site for Belfast Punk-Pop band The Starjets and for The Starjets Paul Bowen's projects. Born in the days of Punk, The Starjets greatest strength was always live performance. People liked us way back. We're glad they still do. The Starjets recorded one album, had one hit single; War Stories. Released in 1979, it reappeared during Lockdown 2020, when Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong recorded a version for No Fun Mondays, an album of his favourite songs. This led to renewed interest in the band, but sadly, due to commitments in Belfast, three members were unable to take advantage of that interest, record new material or perform outside of their hometown.
And so it's been left to singer, guitarist Paul Bowen to keep the name alive with new releases and live shows. Since 2020, Paul has had 10 Top Ten solo singles on UK and worldwide Independent Radio Charts. Four of his songs reached No 1 on former Radio One presenter Mike Read's Heritage Chart: www.heritagechart.co.uk. Created by Mike to give artists ignored by commercial stations a platform for their music, Heritage Chart positions are uniquely decided by listeners' votes. And given that the Heritage Chart regularly features such superstars as The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Sting and Tom Jones, it's a remarkable achievement that Paul has become one of the Chart's most successful artists.
Paul became rehearsal understudy to Irish Blues legend, Rory Gallagher in the late 80's. He later joined Irish Folk Rock band The Bucks, led by Terry Woods of The Pogues and featuring musicians from The Waterboys, Sinead O'Connor's band, Thin Lizzy and the Afro Celts. As a result of this Punk Irish fusion, he became guest guitarist with Shane MacGowan and The Popes. Punk music, Irish music, Folk Music, The Blues; it runs through his veins. He gigs extensively, promoting Starjets and Irish classics alongside his Heritage Chart hits.
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