Last week saw the release of the Rory Gallagher 50th Anniversary Box Set commemorating the Irish bluesman’s 1971 eponymous debut album. A must-have for any Rory Gallagher fan, this limited edition five-disc package includes a brand-new mix of the original album; 30 unreleased/alternative tracks; a 6-song BBC Radio John Peel Sunday concert from 1971; and 4 other BBC Radio session tracks.
In celebration of this epic release the Rory Gallagher tribute band Band Of Friends – fronted by the original bass guitarist on Gallagher’s debut album, Gerry McAvoy – will be performing a selection of songs from Rory Gallager in an unmissable, one-time-only livestream show.
While Rory Gallagher was recently voted Ireland’s Greatest Music Artist in a pole hosted by Dublin radio station Newstalk, fans will also be treated to another 50-year celebration as the Museum of Reading commemorates the golden anniversary of the Reading Festival with their exhibition The 1971 Reading Festival: For the First Time (opens in new tab).
Order the Rory Gallagher 50th Anniversary Box Set here (opens in new tab).
Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World (opens in new tab), Guitar Player (opens in new tab) and MusicRadar (opens in new tab) in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.
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