Welcome to the Rory Gallagher Fan Site!Celebrating the music and legacy of the late great Rory Gallagher
Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues and rock musician who was born on March 2, 1948, in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland. He was the son of Daniel Gallagher, a self-taught musician who played accordion and sang traditional Irish songs. From a young age, Rory was exposed to a variety of musical styles, including blues, jazz, and rock and roll.
At the age of nine, Rory began playing the guitar, and by the age of 15, he had formed his first band, The Fontana Showband. He soon became known for his energetic live performances and his distinctive guitar playing, which blended elements of blues, rock, and traditional Irish music.
In the late 1960s, Gallagher formed the power trio, Taste, with bassist Richard McCracken and drummer John Wilson. The band quickly gained a reputation as one of the best live acts in the UK and Ireland, and Gallagher’s guitar playing drew comparisons to some of the greats, including Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.
After Taste disbanded in 1970, Gallagher embarked on a successful solo career. He released numerous critically acclaimed albums, including his 1971 self-titled debut, “Deuce” (1971), “Blueprint” (1973), and “Photo-Finish” (1978). He also continued to tour extensively, playing hundreds of shows a year and earning a reputation as one of the most hard-working musicians in the business.
Throughout his career, Gallagher was known for his down-to-earth personality, his love of the blues, and his dedication to his fans. He was often seen mingling with fans after shows and was known for signing autographs for hours at a time.
In addition to his musical career, Gallagher was also a talented visual artist and photographer. He often designed the artwork for his album covers and took many of the photos that were used.
Sadly, Rory Gallagher passed away on June 14, 1995, at the age of 47. However, his legacy lives on through his music, which has influenced countless musicians, and his devoted fanbase, who continue to celebrate his life and music to this day.