May 022013

By Suzanne Kelly.

This promises to be a proper celebration of the music of Rory Gallagher without being a tribute band, as some long-serving musicians band together as friends to create the Band of Friends.

Original band members and friends include,

GERRY McAVOY (Bass Guitar):

Played with Rory for 20 years; from 1971 to 1991 and because of this has a great insight into the man and his music. Gerry played on every album Rory ever made.

TED McKENNA (Drums):

Best known for his work with The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, drumming legend Ted McKenna started his career aged 16. After recording 9 albums, the band split in late ’77 and Ted continued his drumming career with a series of outstanding musicians; Rory Gallagher, Greg Lake (ELP), Gary Moore, German guitar hero Michael Schenker and Ian Gillan (Deep Purple).

Although primarily known as a rock musician, Ted has also worked with jazz maestro John Etheridge, Juno Award-winning American Canadian blues guitarist Amos Garrett and Womack and Womack!


Grew up with Rory’s music and Gerry is quoted as saying, “This is the closest guitarist to Rory you will ever hear”.