BAND OF FRIENDS
European Blues Award Winner 2013 (Best Band)
European Blues Award winner 2015 (Ted McKenna)

Dutch Blues Award winner 2016 (Marcel Scherpenzeel)

 
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"A CELEBRATION OF THE MUSIC OF RORY GALLAGHER" 

Rory’s music reached a massive audience from Norway to Spain, from Japan to the USA, Covering all parts of the globe and producing some of the greatest rock/blues albums of the 60’s 70's and the 80's.

Sadly we lost Rory on 14th June 1995, to his devoted fans and followers this was the ultimate tragedy.
The BAND OF FRIENDS is not a tribute to Rory,
more a celebration of his life and music
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'Please be assured that this is no tribute band.
Think a rendition of a composer's former work performed by those who have a full right to both perform it and choose their musicians.
RG would approve. No Doubt'
                
Noel Buckley, (Get Ready to Rock UK)

'Having had the privilege of seeing Rory Gallagher live (as well as several tribute acts),
I can honestly say that this gig is the closest that anyone will ever come to his sound, style and sheer energy of delivery.
This wasn't a gig, it was a concert.
This certainly was a 'Celebration of the music of Rory Gallagher' and it's great to see they are doing a fantastic job of keeping the music of this great musician alive.'
                       Rob Dodgson, (Annular Media UK)

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Recent News
Welcome to 2021.
Hi Everyone.
What a year 2020 has been.
Everything started great. In February we finished rehearsals with the new Band of Friends line up.
The 3rd of March in Frankfurt Germany, was our first show with the new line up.

By the 11th March, we were in Karlsruhe. By this stage the band were really getting tight.
It was a great feeling to play with the new guys.
Then disaster.
On the 12th March we played at Z7 Pratteln, Switzerland.The following day we set off for Seewen in Switzerland.

As we were leaving the hotel for the soundcheck, we received a phone call from the promoter of the venue, who advised us that the Swiss Government had called a halt to all live venues.
So that was the end of our 2 month European tour.

So everyone back home, and wait for some news.
Its now 31st December 2020.Still waiting.
We also sadly missed our US tour with Davy Knowles in September. Sorry to everyone. We will get back to the USA as soon as we can.

But in the meanwhile we have been putting together some on line concerts.
This, and concentrating on writing new material has kept us all busy. But it doesn't replace that feeling of a live stage and a live audience. That's you guys, and we miss you.

But there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. With vaccines on the way, we should hopefully continue that European tour in April 2021.
Keep an eye on the tour dates on the web site.
So between now and April, we are working on a new album release, also we are hoping to do another online concert.
We will keep you posted.
So,
Happy New Year from Band of friends
Lets make it a good one.

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If you missed the online "Christmas" concert from Band of Friends!

You can watch it here on: FaceBook or YouTube.

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Coluna Blues Rock.
Interview with Gerry McAvoy by Ellen Caroline.
...Since we lost Ted I decided to change the lineup of Band of Friends. Marcel has formed his own band. We now have Brendan O'Neill (Rory 1981-1991) on drums. Paul Rose on guitar Stephan Graf on guitar...

...The troubles were in full momentum when Rory and the band decided to play some shows in Ireland.
These shows included playing the Ulster Hall, Belfast, where I had seen Taste play a few years previous.
Coming from Belfast I was probably more aware of the dangers than the rest of the guys...
Read the article (Portuguese/English) here:Coluna Blues Rock

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