So then, Rory Gallagher

Youtube roaming has led to an hour or so of him.

And he could certainly play and he had if not grand vocal skills then the Lee Brilleaux point about being emphatic.

He wasn’t all that good at picking songs though, was he?

14 thoughts on “So then, Rory Gallagher”

  1. he was, to quote a bloke I know who was big into music in the Seventies, “on every fucking festival bill I ever fucking went to”

  2. Live “Irish Tour, ’74” probably his finest moment; a fiercely good guitarist and possibly a better vocalist than his producers ever let you hear. As Tim says, very few (if any) strong songs. Closest US equivalent perhaps Johnny Winter for blue-collar virtuosity and unconcealed rough edges.

  3. A real journeyman. Saw him dozens of times during the Seventies and on stage, he was great to watch. Real fun, and the fact that some of the songs weren’t of the first water was totally obscured by the atmosphere and his playing.

    One time at the Manchester Apollo the stage power went out in the middle of a song. While the crew rushed around trying to find and fix the problem, Gallagher sat on the front of the stage with an acoustic guitar and carried on – OK, only we lucky few in the first few rows could hear it clearly but he generated a lot of goodwill that evening. The roar from the audience when the power was fixed and he got up to start the main show again nearly took the roof off.

    The Seventies may have been a different world, possibly even a different planet, but some parts of it leave good memories.

    “Philby” (from Top Priority) is worth a listen – great guitar and electric sitar work.

  4. Bloke in North Dorset

    “The Seventies may have been a different world, possibly even a different planet, but some parts of it leave good memories.”

    Indeed and in related news I see Greg Lake has died. Now there was a ’70s band that had stage presence.

  5. My school mate, Piggy Preston, the only Palace fan I’ve ever known, introduced me to Rory Gallagher. I reckon he had some better songs than some of the supposed bigger bands of the era, e,g. the likes of Bad Penny, Edged in Blue and Laundromat.

  6. The only Palace fan you’ve known you’ve known; we so rarely have cause to want to bring it up. Though we’d still be talking about it had we actually won the Cup Final last season…

  7. Saw him many a time and met him once backstage at the Manchester Apollo. A thoroughly pleasant and intelligent man with a love of The Blues who was prepared to give you the time of day.
    Claimed by many musicians to be “The guitarist’s guitarist”. Highly talented, honest and unassuming.

    Finest song? Calling Card on the BBC Sessions album.

  8. Saw him a few times in the 70s, always a good gig. I even went to the extent of learning to play some of his songs on the guitar and can stlll remember how to do

    Unmilitary Two-step

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