Band of Friends: A Celebration of Rory Gallagher

Thursday March 21, 2019
$30 public | $26 members

As many of you may know, drummer Ted McKenna passed away on 19 January 2019 at the age of 68, of hemorrhage during a routine medical procedure. We were notified that the guitarist Davy Knowles and bassist Gerry McAvoy are committed to continuing the tour as Ted would have wanted. Gerry and Davy welcome Mike Hansen to Band of Friends. Mike is very kindly joining the band on drums for this tour. Mike has shared the stage with a fantastic roster of musicians, and will do both Rory and Ted proud.

Rory Gallagher’s music reached a massive worldwide audience and produced some of the greatest rock/blues albums of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Sadly Rory passed on June 14th 1995, the ultimate tragedy for his legion of fans.

The BAND OF FRIENDS is not a tribute to Rory, but a celebration of his life and music. The band consists of musicians who played with Rory as his rhythm section for many years, fronted by the incomparable Davy Knowles on guitar.

GERRY McAVOY (bass guitar) played with Rory for 20 years from 1971 to 1991 and possesses a great insight to the man and his music. Gerry played on every album Rory ever made and wrote a book about his career titled Riding Shotgun, published in 2005. Gerry is also known for musical partnerships with Champion Jack DupreeDeep Joy and Nine Below Zero.

MIKE HANSEN (drums) is considered to be one of the top, first call drummers in the music business and has supported some of the biggest names in the industry including: Hurricane, George Lynch, Dug Pinnick, Paul Gilbert, Bruce Bouillet, Richie Kotzen and many more.

DAVY KNOWLES is a blues rocker originally from the Isle Of Man and currently residing in Chicago, IL. He is best known for fronting the Davy Knowles Band as well as the popular blues-rock band Back Door Slam. Knowles’ musical influences include Robert JohnsonDire StraitsRory GallagherPeter Green and Eric Clapton to name a few. He has toured alongside the likes of Jeff BeckJoe SatrianiChickenfootThe Rhythm Devils and Gov’t Mule.