Who was Rory Gallagher?

Rory Gallagher (March 2, 1948 - June 14, 1995) was an Irish guitar player, songwriter and blues- and bluesrock-musician who significantly influenced his time and the music of the 1970s and 1980s.

At the age of eight years Rory started playing the guitar. According to his own statement he was a blues- and rock 'n' roll-fan. His musicial ideals were - amongst others - Muddy Waters and Leadbelly.

In 1966 he formed the "powertrio" Taste. Performing at the Marquee Club in London and at the legendary Isle Of Wight-Festival the band made its breakthrough in the British rock scene.

Since 1970 he performed with a new band as Rory Gallagher. The following albums (Rory Gallagher/1971, Deuce/1971, Live In Europe/1972, Blueprint/1973, Tattoo/1973) he produced himself. Rory's electrical guitar playing was characterized by a blues-rock-fundament but also acoustic guitar, mandoline, harp and alto saxophone were evidence of his irish musicial heritage. The world of his lyrics thus moved between the "myth of America" and the "melancholy of Ireland". During his tour across Ireland in 1974 he recorded the live album Irish Tour '74 and the director Tony Palmer produced the correspondent movie that showed the band on the road and the star without preciousness.  

In 1976 he recorded the album Calling Card which was characterized by a slightly heavier hard-rock style. The following albums were Photo Finish (1978), Top Priority (1979) and Jinx (1982). After a five years break he published Defender in 1987.

Rory became popular for the German-speaking audience with his live appearance at the "Rockpalast Show" in the Grugahalle in Essen, an event that was broadcasted via TV and radio all over Europe. Between 1976 and 1990 the performed five times at Rockpalast.

Suffering already from health issues Rory recorded another album (Fresh Evidence) in 1990 and started a comeback with a tour and a new band.

Rory Gallagher died on June 14, 1995 as a result of a liver transplantation. His house of birth in Ballyshannon and his grave at the St. Oliver Cemetery in Ballincollig (County Cork) are places of pilgrimage for his true fans.



Rory Gallagher - 1971
Deuce - 1971
Live In Europe - 1972
Blueprint - 1973
Tattoo - 1973
Irish Tour '74 - 1974
Against The Grain - 1975
Calling Card - 1976
Photo Finish - 1978
Top Priority - 1979
Stage Struck - 1980
Jinx - 1982
Defender - 1987
Fresh Evidence - 1990


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A Million Miles Away - Irish Tour '74
Shadow Play - Montreux 1979
Tattoo'd Lady - Montreux 1975
Bad Penny - Rockpalast 1982
I Fall Apart - Paris 1971
Bullfrog Blues - Rockpalast 1979
Laundromat - Montreux 1975