Festival Chairperson – Barry O’Neill said “there is huge interest in the Festival this year with a big demad for accommodation in the locality, we are appealing to the accommodation sector and indeed the community to come forward with rooms to accommodate the expected influx of visitors from across the world. Many festival goers are contacting our website seeking accommodation particularly guesthouse and self catering accommodation, we are making an appeal to the public to make accommodation available by contacting us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will endeavour to relate new availability to the visitors seeking accommodation”.
The festival has become a mecca for fans to witness legendary guitarists and this year is no different with acts such as Rory's former band members, Gerry McAvoy and Ted McKenna with “Band of Friends", the founding member of Thin Lizzy and original guitarist Eric Bell & His Band, the legendary “Mungo Jerry” featuring Ray Dorset, renowned “Whitesnake” guitarist Bernie Marsden & His Band, Pat McManus Band (ex. Mama's Boys), Johnny Gallagher & The Boxtie Band, “Sinnerboy” (UK), Laundromat (Holland), “Bad Penny” (Germany), “Moonchild” (Ireland), Tony Dowler & The Hellhounds (UK), Jed Thomas, Seamie O'Dowd Band, Lauerence Jones Band (UK), Dave McHugh Band (Dublin) and many more ....... In all 30 Acts on 15 Stages over 4 days ... its a unique festival tribute that honours one of the greatest of all time.
Mr. O’Neill added “while much of the festival is free to view with street concerts, exhibitions, pub gigs and sessions, the nightly Gala Concerts have seen an increase in ticket sales this year mainly due to the strong line-up of acts that are appearing. The tickets sales data shows that Weekend Tickets for all 3 nights have sold in 27 different countries since going on sale 7 months ago. Our small dedicated voluntary committee have worked tirelessly marketing the festival across Europe and our new website www.rorygallagherfestival.com has proved to be hugely successful, Rory Gallagher would be so proud to know that his worldwide fans are going to his hometown to celebrate his rich musical legacy. Rory’s fans and visitors are attending from all over the world from as far as Australia, Canada, USA, Turkey, Brazil .... its a fantastic tribute to the Late Rory Gallagher but it underlines Rory’s worldwide following 19 years after his untimely passing.
The Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival in Ballyshannon was established in 2002, just 7 years after Rory's untimely passing, and has become Ireland's leading Blues Rock Festival, honouring the life, music and legacy of the Late Rory Gallagher. Rory Gallagher won many accolades, not least the hearst of millions of music fans across the world. Ballyshannon, a small south Donegal town will come to a standstill, it has a normal population of 2,500 people but during the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival, the town's capacity bursts to its limits as in excess of 7,000 music lovers from over 25 separate countries converge on the town to remember Rory. There are non-stop Free to view Open Air Concerts on the streets of Ballyshannon, Pub sessions, workshops, exhibitions, and nightly Big Top Festival Concerts between Thursday 29th May and Sunday 1st June 2014 - All details regarding the Festival Programme, whose playing, accommodation, Tickets and much more is available here at the Official Festival Website www.rorygallagherfestival.com
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All details regarding Festival Accommodation, Festival Programme, Nightly Concert Tickets are available through the new official website www.rorygallagherfestival.com
Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival takes place in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal between Thursday 29th May and Sunday 1st June 2014.
Rory Gallagher is regarded as one of the greatest guitarists ever, many of today's top musicians, including The Edge from U2, Slash of Guns N' Roses fame, Johnny Marr of the Smiths and Brian May of Queen cite Rory as an inspiration in their formative musical years.
“Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival” is Ireland’s biggest Rock ‘n Blues Festival, and indeed the largest annual gathering of Rock ‘n Blues fans anywhere in the world. Followers of the late great Rory Gallagher descend on Ballyshannon, and its hostelries are filled with electric guitar buffs, good, and sometimes not so good! A superb festival, and a great weekend event" - wonderfulireland.ie
For Further Comment ~
Barry O’Neill – Tel. 086-8772325 (Festival Chairperson)
From N. Ireland, UK & Overseas Tel. 0035386-8772325
Supported by Failte Ireland, Donegal County Council, Diageo (Guinness), Musicmaker – Dublin