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Sunday 21 September 2014

Life on road began with guitar hero

Published 09/07/2014 | 02:30

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Peter Aiken

Belfast-born Peter Aiken's first hands-on experience of "life on the road" was when he began touring with the late Rory Gallagher when he was 15.

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Having spent months rigging stages and watching gigs, Aiken enrolled at Ulster University Jordanstown to study accountancy.

He qualified and worked for several companies but decided to join the family firm after watching Bruce Springsteen storm the stage at Slane in 1985.

He has been working for Aiken for close to 30 years. In 1998, Aiken joined forces with Harry Crosbie and opened music venue Vicar Street.

Sadly, his father Jim passed in 2007. Since his father's death, Aiken has taken care of the business – splitting his time between Belfast and his Thomas Street offices in Dublin.

He lives in Sandymount with his wife Mary and their children Laura, Kevin and James.

Irish Independent

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