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'Forgotten' recordings by rock icon Rory for release


Rory Gallagher at Self Aid in 1986

Rory Gallagher at Self Aid in 1986

Rory Gallagher at Self Aid in 1986

THE brother of rock guitarist Rory Gallagher has revealed that a treasure trove of unreleased live recordings and lost footage of the late musician awaits release.

The news comes as 10,000 fans gather for the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival in his birthplace in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, this weekend to celebrate the Irish blues maestro.

It also follows the previously 'lost' 1977 studio album 'Notes From San Francisco', which this week entered the US Billboard blues charts at No 4.

Donal Gallagher said fans can look forward to hours of music recorded on the road in the US prior to the guitar legend's death in June 1995 after a liver transplant.

"To get airplay in America, Rory would let radio stations record his concerts," said Donal. "The result is that, decades later, we have all these concerts on tape."

This weekend's festival will feature Gallagher sets from legendary guitarist Jan Akkerman and Thin Lizzy's Eric Bell.

Another highlight is an exhibition of pictures by Irish rock photographer Colm Henry, at the Abbey Arts Centre in the town.

One of the visitors yesterday was journalist Brigette Lehmann (60), from Belgium, who had brought with her a photo of her taken with Gallagher in Belgium in July 1975

"Rory was over doing a TV show and he wouldn't look me in the eye," she said. "I was interviewing him at the time and I wondered was it because I was a good-looking woman and he was shy."

Irish Independent