William Rory Gallagher was born in Ballyshannon, Ireland on March 2, 1948. From an early age, Rory and his brother were given instruments and encouraged to express themselves, an uncommon privilege in those days. Like many musicians growing up in the UK and Europe, Gallagher was fascinated by the music genre Skiffle, a style which comprised a mashup of blues, jazz, and Americana music played on makeshift instruments. More than anything, he enjoyed the improvised nature of the style and the freedom of creativity.
By the early 1960s Gallagher had founded the blues-rock trio, Taste. The band was poised for greatness and all the elements of an incredible blues band, including Rory Gallagher’s rip-roaring riffs and killer voice. Unfortunately, Taste only lasted for about four years and two studio albums.
Gallagher went on to host a generous solo career for about twenty years until his untimely passing in 1995 due to liver transplant complications. He is still considered an Irish treasure and one of the best blues-rock guitarists in history.
Rory Gallagher has influenced handfuls of aspiring and professional musicians, including Davy Knowles, Slash, the Edge, and Joe Bonamassa himself, who idolizes Gallagher and lists him as a major influence on his playing. At an event at the famed Royal Albert Hall, he was able to play Rory’s iconic 1961 Stratocaster on the song “Sloe Gin!”
This particular photo was from his 1982 concert series across Europe accompanying his album Jinx.
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