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.
Festival Chairperson Barry O’Neill said “we will have the biggest international audience in the 12 year history of the festival attending later this month with weekend tickets for the Big Top Concerts selling in 25 countries to date. Music 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. Accommodation has been booking heavily in recent months in Ballyshannon, Bundoran, Rossnowlagh and Donegal Town ahead of this year’s Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival”.
Irish Rock 'n Blues Legend - Rory Gallagher conquered the world, an inspirational musician to many but unique to us all, Rory Gallagher's legacy is there for all to appreciate having started out with the showband "The Impact" before establishing "Taste" and gave us great recordings and performing moments such as Montreux and at the Isle of Wight, Rory was pure relentless and with the Rory Gallagher Band continued that dedication and hard work on a global scale. He produced more than a dozen albums, devoting his entire life to music and his fans, selling over 30 million albums worldwide with his marathon tours and live performances winning him great acclaim.
The Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival in Ballyshannon was established in 2002, 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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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.
All details regarding Festival Accommodation, Festival Programme, Nightly Concert Tickets are available through the 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.
Supported by Failte Ireland, Donegal County Council, Diageo (Guinness), Musicmaker – Dublin