Donal Gallagher interview (Rory’s brother)

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It's a very special interview I propose you in this show because you might not know that but I am a big fan of Rory Gallagher who died in 1995 so I jumped on the occasion to interview Rory's brother, Donal, who followed him a lot on the road and who his taking care of Rory's legacy now.

In this interview Donal tells the whole story about how Rory almost joined the Rolling Stones after Mick Taylor quit in 1974. You will hear this and many more about Rory's music.

Who is the guitar player has NOT fantasized about Rory's battered 61 Stratocaster ?


All Rory's albums are currently rereleased on CD so it's the perfect time to (re)discover the music of this great guitar player who disappeared way to soon.

Extracts played before the interview :

+ Laundromat from Rory Gallagher
+ Barley And Grape Rag from Calling Card
+ Title track from Calling Card
+ Walk On Hot Coals from Irish Tour 74


A really cool YouTube videos where you will hear Rory talking about his 61 Strat:



PS: please note that at the end of the interview I had a glitch with my phone recording software that's why the interview is stopping a bit abruptly. Sorry about that.

Update September 3rd 2012

After I put this interview online Donal sent me a mail to give some more details, here's an extract from the mail.

"...Thank you for the link, however on listening through the interview, I noted that I may have mistakenly said it was the mid-fifties (might be the audio quality mid sixties) as to when Rory purchased his 'stratocaster', it should be '63."
"Also, you asked me of high - points in my brother's career, I overlooked his meeting and recording with Muddy Waters, for the 'London Sessions' album - this was most important to him."

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3 Responses to Donal Gallagher interview (Rory’s brother)

  1. I live in Fulham London and used to pass Rory on the Fulham Road most Sunday evenings on my way to Church.
    Coincidentally I bumped into him one Sunday evening in the Hollywood Arms a pub just off the Fulham Road.
    He always sat in the corner drinking Guinness by himself.
    I took courage to have a word and he was more than happy to discuss the guitar and guitarists.
    I mentioned I played with my said I should also try playing with a pick.
    We laughed about Frank Marino who at one time thought he was Jimmy Hendrix but both of us agreed he is brilliant.Funny some so called guitar magazines have never heard of Frank but Rory knew all about him and his tracks such as All Along The Watchtower and Norwegian Wood.
    We discussed tone and agreed Eric Clapton has a super tone and whilst Eric Buchanan was a decent guitarist the tone was not to our liking.We both agreed Paco De Lucia was gifted
    He also liked Bob Dylan and admired my Yamaha FG170 acoustic;better than some old Martins he said.
    Such a gentle guy and lived up to everything you thought about him.
    Sad the way it ended but Rory’s genius will mean the importance and beauty of lead guitarist will never die.
    Alan Harrison

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