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Cork Rocks for Rory 2015 

Cork Rocks for Rory 2014

Cork Rocks for Rory 2014

Dave McHugh performs an acoustic set of Blues Songs that influenced

Rory Gallagher

Saturday 7 June 2014 at 2.30 p.m.

Venue: The Rory Gallagher Music Library, Grand Parade Cork

All Welcome
Admission Free


Rory Gallagher Exhibition 2013

Rory Gallagher Exhibition

Check out the Rory Gallagher Exhibition at the Music Library, Grand Parade for the summer months 2013.
The material in the exhibition was kindly donated by Stephen Barry Smith from Lancashire, England. It incudes original tickets, concert programmes and photographs.


Rory Gallagher Heritage Week 2013

National Heritage Week 2013

'A Taste of Rory Gallagher (1970-1982) - post Taste'

Gene Stephens plays a selection of Rory's music from that era

Friday 23 August 2013 at 11 a.m.

All Welcome
Admission Free



Rory Gallagher Walk 2013

Rory Gallagher Walk with Marcus Connaughton

Join author and broadcaster Marcus Connaughton on a guided walking tour of Rory Gallagher's home city of Cork from the steps of Cork City Library on Friday 14 June 2013 at 3 pm through the city to Crowley's Music Store on MacCurtain Street where a short illustrated talk and signing of copies of "Rory Gallagher: His Life and Times" published last year by the Collins Press and written by Marcus Connaughton will take place.


Cork Rocks for Rory 2013

Cork Rocks for Rory 2013

Dave McHugh and Guest play an acoustic set of blues songs that influenced Rory Gallagher

Saturday 8 June 2013 at 12 noon

All Welcome
Admission Free





Rory Gallagher: His Life and Times
By Marcus Connaughton
Published by The Collins Press (2012)
Bad Penny Well Spent: The Definitive Rory Gallagher Biography Hits Shelves

Rory Gallagher was Ireland’s first ever rock star; a shy and gentle young musician who became a guitar hero and icon to legions of fans, selling 30 million records worldwide. Now, 17 years after his untimely death, the first comprehensive and authoritative Rory Gallagher biography finally hits the shelves.
Rory Gallagher: His Life and Times is written by Marcus Connaughton, a veteran of the Irish record industry and a blues expert. Featuring exclusive interviews with many of Rory’s contemporaries, including the multi-award-winning filmmaker Tony Palmer, Rory’s Taste band mate John Wilson and U2’s world-renowned sound engineer Joe O’Herlihy, it provides the most personal insight yet into the life and music of one of the greatest guitarists the world has seen.
Single-minded, extremely private, and never satisfied with his work, Rory was something of a loner and a very difficult nut to crack. From buying his famous Stratocaster guitar as a Cork schoolboy, to life on the road, to band break-ups, to recording with Jerry Lee Lewis and Muddy Waters, this compelling biography attempts to offer an honest and thorough look into the world of Ireland’s most enigmatic musician.
The Strat was the key to Rory’s sound. He could talk about it all night. ‘It’s dated November 1961 – in certain people’s opinions this is when Fender hit their peak,’ he once commented. ‘I like the maple neck. Like on the earlier guitars, they’re probably a bit more crisp, but there’s a warmth to this, a mellowness because of the rosewood neck. This is the best, it’s my life, this is my best friend. It’s almost like knowing its weak spots are strong spots. I don’t like to get sentimental about these things, but when you spend thirty years of your life with the same instrument it’s like a walking memory bank of your life there in your arms.’
Filled with never-before-seen photographs and exclusive insights, Rory Gallagher: His Life and Times is a compelling testament to the musical life of a legendary rock star told by contemporaries, road crew, family and friends.
So whether songs like ‘Bad Penny’, ‘Tattoo’d Lady’ and ‘A Million Miles Away’ have been providing the soundtrack to your life, or whether you just want to expand your musical knowledge, this book is the ultimate guide to one of the country’s greats and a comprehensive account of some of the most progressive years in Irish music history. A real collector’s item, Rory Gallagher: His Life and Times is required reading for music lovers everywhere.

Rory Gallagher: His Life and Times by Marcus Connaughton is published by The Collins Press.

Marcus Connaughton is a veteran of the Irish record industry. In the late 1980s he joined RTÉ as a radio producer. Over the past twenty-plus years, he has produced a wide range of programming from the Metal Show on 2FM to Bluestime on RTÉ Radio 1, and currently presents and produces Seascapes. He delivered the Inaugural Rory Gallagher Memorial Lecture in November 1995 in Cork, and has compered and spoken at numerous tributes to the late guitarist in Ireland, Britain and Europe.



Cork Rocks for Rory 2012

Cork Rocks for Rory

Dave McHugh performs an acoustic set of Blues Songs that influenced Rory Gallagher at the Rory Gallagher Music Library, Saturday June 9 at 12 noon.

All Welcome.

Admission Free.



Thursday 1 November 2012 at 7 p.m

Rory Gallagher: His Life and Times

Slide show, Talk and Signing with author Marcus Connaughton at Waterstone's Booksellers, 69 Patrick Street, Cork.

Free ticketed event, tickets available in Waterstone's.





Rory Festival Image

When I’m 64
Celebrating Rory Gallagher ::
2-3 March 2012 :: Triskel Christchurch
Please click on image for more details.


Hot Press Logo

Rory Gallagher A Guitar Hero Revisited
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of Rory Gallagher's eponymously-titled first solo album, Daniel Gallagher – nephew of the Irish guitar legend – has lovingly remastered the first six albums that formed the bedrock of the Cork legend's remarkable solo career. Full article available here.

Hot Press Magazine (01 February 2012)  can be viewed in the library, call in and ask a librarian for details.

General Interest

Rory Gallagher - 40th Anniversary the First Six Solo Albums Re-issued
Full details available here.