Jul 30 2008

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Welcome to my tribute to Irish guitar legend, Rory Gallagher. Rory skyrocketed to fame in the late Sixties with the band,
“Taste”. Although short-lived, the three-piece blues and jazz-influenced band was immensely popular in Ireland, the United Kingdom and throughout Europe. The band broke up at the end of 1970 however, and Rory went on to even greater success with his new band, the “Rory Gallagher Band”, and in 1972 was picked as Melody Maker’s “Guitarist of the Year,” unseating Eric Clapton as the top guitarist in the popular
poll.

Throughout the Seventies and Eighties, Rory was known for his wildly energized performances that proved difficult to translate onto a studio album. Dismissive of the whole pop single culture, Rory refused to produce “singles” for the radio stations, preferring word-of-mouth approach to achieve his measure of fame. It was often said that once you had attended a Rory Gallagher Concert you were a fan for life. Although never given his true measure of fame, for many he will always be the ultimate blues and rock guitarist of the modern era.

This blog site contains many of the updated items that are found on the main website at:Shadowplays.com including numerous audio tracks and sometimes the occasional video clips of his performances at different venues. There is information and pictures regarding some of the venues he has played at, and photo and video streams from Flickr and YouTube.

I hope you will enjoy your visit here and come back soon.

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14 Responses to “About”

  1. JOE RG BERNARDon 12 Oct 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Milo,
    Nice site! Arrived from the loop reading about what Randy Bachman said about Rory and EC.
    Will be back for another look soon
    Joe

  2. Rich Kiley Yibbierbon 09 Mar 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Hey Milo,
    Nice rehab to the site. Thanks, I really like it.
    Is that Ballyshannon in the banner picture? I was only there once over 25 years ago and I was in a bus on the way to Sligo to pick up my bohdran. I remember thinking at the time that they should have some kind of Rory historical marker at the town entrances.
    Rich

  3. miloon 11 Mar 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Hello Rich, The picture up top is of Sandy Cove in Kinsale, Ireland. I looked and looked for a suitable panorama of Ballyshannon but couldn’t find anything I liked. There are suppose to be constructing a statue in Ballyshannon in 2010 so perhaps they’ll place it at the town’s entrance.

  4. Big Deeon 16 May 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Milo:
    Great site and tribute to a great player.
    Even modern day folks like Joe Bonamassa site Rory as a seminal influence.

    I stumbled upon this site because there is a renewed interest in all things “Cowtown Ballroom” in Kansas City. A new documentary is being released this coming week about the venue, the folks who played there, and just the general good vibes that emenated from there. I’m going to get right out there and see it!

    I listened to the Rory bootleg from Cowtown Ballroom (March, 1974) and it was awesome. Wow, they really cranked it up…for 2 1/2 hours. Those were the good ole days!

    Big Dee in Kay Cee

  5. Twisinde(mu)zakon 29 May 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Hy Milo
    Great site and tribute to Rory…
    Greatings
    Twis

  6. fogon 08 Sep 2009 at 5:41 am

    Rory was unique!!!

  7. Bat Kinaneon 30 Oct 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Hi Milo,

    thanks for the message

    Can you email me please at the email bat at Glydermusic dot com

    Love the blog!

    best

    Bat

  8. Jinxon 21 Jan 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Always a pleasure to connect with anything Rory related. He was The Man!

  9. Ian Mon 18 Jul 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Hey Milo,

    Just stopped by to say hey and thanks as always for the news and updates. Great piece on Bat Kinane.

    Be well,

  10. R. Mullenon 18 Sep 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Thank you so much for this site! Plan to read *everything* and link back profusely! :o))

  11. Aco Kosticon 18 Oct 2011 at 1:28 am

    Great site !!!!!

  12. Monika Fischeron 23 Oct 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Saw rory at the two British Rock Meetings in Germany, at Manufactur in Schorndorf Germany with his buddy Dave (don’t remember last name but he had huge side burns) and at other festivals. He died way too young. Great guitar player!

  13. Geraldineon 25 Oct 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Hi, arrived at this site having just gone to see Silence. Wonderful film, and as a Rory fan I was delighted to hear his song on the opening credits. Suited it really well. Lovely site, thank you. Me and my sister went to Rory every year just after Christmas in the mid-70s, in the National Stadium Dublin. We were 15 and 17 and it was always the highlight of the year, much better than Christmas itself! It’s weird isn’t it, no matter how many concerts I have been to since (Radiohead last month!) the sounds and atmosphere of the Rory concerts are the ones that have stayed with me most. Probably because I was at such a formative age, but just as likely because he was so f***ing brilliant.

  14. furtheronon 07 May 2014 at 10:48 am

    Hi Milo

    Thanks for dropping by my blog. Great tribute to Rory here. I’ll come back again and have more of a look about.

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