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When Rory Gallagher's blues gave Belfast the very best of us

Declan Lynch


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Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher

I have seen the film Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour '74 a few times - yet when I happened upon it on TG4 last Sunday night I could not bring myself to change the channel.

From the opening scene of a stormy sea segueing into Rory on stage doing Walk on Hot Coals, Tony Palmer's film somehow seems to be getting better all the time.

I am now increasingly of the view that if you were to pick the work of one Irish artist of the 20th century, and send it off in a spacecraft to represent us in front of the extra-terrestrials, you'd hardly do better than Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour '74.