Rory Gallagher Home Page
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|"Here was a man who managed to combine the gift of being an authentic creative genius with the even rarer gift of being a genuinely decent, honourable human being." So began the series of tributes paid to Rory Gallagher - the outstanding pioneer of Irish rock - published by the Irish music newspaper HOTPRESS in July 1995. Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues and rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. Born in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, on 2 March, 1948, he grew up in the city of Cork. Based in London during most of his 30 year career, he toured extensively, sold 30 million records, and had a worldwide following of loyal fans. He died in London at the early age of 47, on 14 June 1995, from complications following a liver transplant. Although he had suffered health problems for some time, he toured until falling seriously ill late in 1994. THE TIMES obituary (16 June 1995) described him as "an uncompromisingly serious musician", "a courageously honest performer [who wrote] his own material, and [who] considered the blues to be the most personal form of musical expression". Consistently eschewing commercialisation, musical and stage gimmickry, and the trappings of rockstardom, he took simplicity as the key in his total commitment to making authentic, high quality music. Frequently described as a shy, friendly, modest man, Rory Gallagher was the antithesis of the blazing persona that he projected as a live performer. His grit and integrity earned him the respect and affectionate admiration of many. Performing at his best on stage infront of a live audience, he was widely acknowledged as one of the finest blues musicians treading the boards. "The first Irish rock'n'roller and a unique blues guitar voice rolled into one. Missed by everyone" (The Guitar Magazine, August 1995).
Here's a page devoted to this great musician. This page has the approval of Rory's brother and manager Donal Gallagher, who has agreed to assist us and who will provide information and news on the Home Page from time to time.
I would be more than pleased to grant you approval for this great project and assist where possible - Donal Gallagher, 1996The page was begun, and is maintained, by Kimmo Hagelberg (Finland), Sergio Seghetti (Italy), John Flanigan (Ireland), S.M.Donnarde (USA/Australia).
We would also like to thank all the countless people who have contributed on our site over the years!
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