Gerry McAvoy
(Bass Guitar) played, recorded and toured with Rory for 20 years, from 1971 to 1991.
Gerry played on every album Rory ever made.
His 2005 book, ‘Riding Shotgun’ follows his career and life with Rory
(available from
Gerry also played with Deep Joy, Champion Jack Dupree and Nine Below Zero.

Brendan O'Neill (Drums) Brendan and Gerry grew up together in Belfast.
Attending both the same Primary school and Secondary school.
They formed their first band together at school in 1967. The band was Pride.
Pride developed into Deep Joy.
They went on to play together for a few years, until Gerry got the call to join Rory.
In 1981 when Rory was looking for a new drummer, Brendan stepped up to the rostrum.
He then played with Rory and Gerry for a further 10 years.Then played with Nine Below Zero for more than 20 years.
Brendan is now playing most shows with Band of friends.

Marcel Scherpenzeel (Guitar/Vocals) grew up with Rory's music and Gerry promises, "This is the closest guitarist to Rory you will ever hear".
For over twenty years Marcel has carried the torch for blues and rock all over the world.
His former bands are Marcel Scherpenzeel Band and Wolfpin

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