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Rory Gallagher Tribute Festival to Take Place This Month

Thousands of blues rock fans will descend on Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal from May 30 – June 2 to celebrate one genius musician, the late great Rory Gallagher.

It’s been 70 years since the music legend was born in Ballyshannon. Now in its 16th year, the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival honours the man, attracting music fans from all over the world. Organisers have revealed that tickets have already been sold in over 20 countries for the event’s top concerts.

30 blues rock acts will perform on 15 stages over the four days, including Deep Purple legend – Glenn Hughes. Rory Gallagher’s former band members Gerry McAvoy and Brendan O’Neill will also headline with group Band of Friends.

Also in attendance will be legendary 70s rockers Wishbone Ash featuring Andy Powell, Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden, Mama’s Boy’s guitarist Pat McManus and various renowned Rory Gallagher tribute bands.

Organisers are expecting 10,000 blues rock fans to converge on Ballyshannon for the event. The festival will also feature – alongside the ticketed events above – free open air concerts on the streets of the town, free pub gigs day and night, busking sessions and various exhibitions.

Donal Gallagher, brother of Rory Gallagher, said in a statement: “It’s a fantastic tribute to Rory. He would be so proud of this wonderful gathering of not only his followers that witnessed him perform many times, but a generation of new fans, artists and performers keeping his legacy alive.”

For more festival details, visit here.

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