Rory Gallagher Blues Rock / Co. Cork

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In the years that have passed since Rory Gallagher’s death, aged 47 on June 14 1995, his true stature has become ever more clear. This soft spoken Irishman, characterised by his flowing locks and trademark working man stage clothes, was far from ordinary. Gallagher was a self taught virtuoso who forged a musical revolution in his native land, shunned the traps of fame and stardom yet became a universally acclaimed international folk hero.

Rory’s rock solid devotion to his calling never wavered and the respect of his musical peers was universal. Eric Clapton credited Gallagher with “getting me back into the blues”, The Rolling Stones tried to get him to replace Mick Taylor.

Rory’s influence spread through the generations – from Slash to Johnny Marr, from U2’s The Edge to Queen’s Brian May, and onto The Manics’ James Dean Bradfield – any aspiring player who encountered him was bound to be energised or transformed.

Of all the guitar greats who emerged in the post war era Rory Gallagher was predestined to become a Celtic Warrior King. He shared his name with Ireland’s last native monarch, was born (to rock) at Rock Hospital in Ballyshannon, Donegal (March 2nd 1948) while his father was employed constructing a hydro electric power plant on the nearby Erne river.


Cork, Donegal


Blues Rock, Rock

Year Formed




Members (Current)

  • Rory Gallagher - Guitar / Vocals
  • David Levy - Bass (1992 - 1994)
  • Richard Newman - Drums (1992 - 1994)

Members (Former)

  • Gerry McAvoy - Bass (1971 - 1991)
  • Brendan O'Neill - Drums (1981 - 1991)
  • Ted McKenna - Drums (1978 - 1981)
  • Rod de'Ath - Drums (1972 - 1978)
  • Wilgar Campbell - Drums (1971 - 1972)
  • Jim Leverton - Keyboards (1992 - 1994)
  • John Cooke - Keyboards (1992 - 1994)
  • Mark Feltham - Harmonica (1981 - 1994)