Band Of Friends

Celebrating the music of the late, great Rory Gallagher!

The Band Of Friends is not a tribute to Rory, more of a celebration of his life and music. Rory’s music reached a massive audience, covering all parts of the globe and producing some of the greatest rock/blues albums of the 60’s, 70’s and the 80’s.

Gerry McAvoy (Bass Guitar)
Gerry played, recorded and toured with Rory for 20 years, from 1971 to 1991.
Gerry played on every album Rory ever made.
His 2005 book, ‘Riding Shotgun’ follows his career and life with Rory (available at most shows).
Gerry also played with Deep Joy, Champion Jack Dupree and Nine Below Zero.

Jim Kirkpatrick (Guitar/Vocals)
Jim Kirkpatrick grew up listening to Rory’s music.
He also plays with his Band FM.

Paul Rose (Guitar)
A guitar players guitar player.
He has played with some of the top names in the business.
Rory picked him out of 1000 young guitarists to win the Fender-sponsored best guitarist competition.

Brendan O’Neill (Drums)
Brendan and Gerry grew up together in Belfast, attending the same primary and secondary schools.
They formed their first band together at school in 1967. The band was Pride.
Pride developed into Deep Joy.
They went on to play together for a few years until Gerry got the call to join Rory.
In 1981 when Rory was looking for a new drummer, Brendan stepped up to the rostrum.
He then played with Rory and Gerry for a further 10 years. He then played with Nine Below Zero for more than 20 years.
Brendan is now playing most shows with Band of friends.

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