has been announced as one of the headline acts for this years Rory Gallagher International Tribute
Festival in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland. The award winning and renowned festival that attracts in excess of 10,000 Rock ‘n Blues music fans from over 20 different countries is pleased to welcome Eric Bell & His Band to Ballyshannon for this years festival that takes place between Thursday 29th May and Sunday 1st June 2014. Eric Bell will join other announced acts including Rory Gallagher’s Band members Gerry McAvoy and Ted McKenna with the “Band of Friends” that features guitarist Marcel Scherpenzeel, Pat McManus Band (ex. Mama’s Boy’s), Johnny Gallagher & the Boxtie Band, Sinnerboy (UK), Bad Penny (Germany), Dave
McHugh Band, Moonchild and many more. Festival Chairperson Barry O’Neill said “we are delighted that Eric Bell and His Band are returning to play the festival and pay homage to the Late Great Rory Gallagher and the line-up is not complete yet, we will be announcing more legendary and international acts in the coming
Belfast born Eric Bell is a world renowned guitarist and prior to founding “Thin Lizzy” he performed with Van Morrison’s band “Them” for a period in the 1960’s, before teaming up with Phil Lynott, Brian Downey and Eric Wixon in 1969 to form “Thin Lizzy”. As lead guitarist he played on Thin Lizzy's first three albums entitled “Thin Lizzy”, “Shades of a Blue Orphanage” and “Vagabonds of a Western World” as well as the bands hit single “Whiskey in the Jar”. Eric Bell co-wrote a number of songs with Lynott and Downey, including “The Rocker” which became a live favourite throughout the band's lifetime. After departing “Thin Lizzy” owing to the pressures of recording, touring and the excesses of the rock star lifestyle taking its toll, he was replaced by one Gary Moore. Eric Bell is renowned as one of Ireland’s finest Rock guitarists and is widely referred to as genius in Rock guitarist circles.
Eric Bell and His Band will perform at the Rory Gallagher Festival Big Top on Friday 30th May 2014 on
the same night as another true Irish guitar great – Pat McManus, the former frontman with “Mama’s Boy’s” and a massive festival favourite in Ballyshannon annually. The Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival will feature in excess of 25 acts from across the world and the 4 day festival is loved for its relaxed atmosphere, its renowned street concerts that are free to view, the Rock ‘n Blues Pub gigs that are also free to view and the nightly Festival Big Top Concerts that feature many of the finest Rock ‘n Blues bands, and the leading Rory Gallagher Tribute acts.
“Each year we strive to bring many renowned acts that have played with and have been influenced by Rory Gallagher. We are pleased that so many of Rory’s fans from across the world make the trip annually and it
certainly would make Rory proud. Weekend Early Bird Tickets for the nightly Big Top Concerts are on sale at just €40 for all 3 nights, its superb value and we are looking forward to finalising the programme in the coming weeks while announcing several more legendary acts” added Mr. O’Neill.
Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2014 takes place in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland between Thursday 29th May and Sunday 1st June 2014 with all details available on the Official Festival
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