In memory of Rory Gallagher on the 25th Anniversary of his death.
Winners of The European Blues Awards 2013
Ted McKenna Winner best Musician European Blues Award 2016
Marcel Scherpenzeel Winner Best guitarist Dutch Blues Award 2017
Not just the notes – but the sound, energy and feel of Rory Gallagher, delivered by people who helped define it…
Along with their music awards, Gerry McAvoy was awarded the freedom of Belfast by the city council.
As Winners of European Blues Awards “Band of The Year” in 2013, Best musician Ted McKenna 2016, Best guitarist Marcel Scherpenzeel 2017, and boasting rave reviews from every show, it’s clear to see why the band continues to be so popular.
In the era of tribute acts who deliver note-perfect renditions of their heroes’ catalogues, the Band of Friends is something different. They can do the notes played by electric blues icon Rory Gallagher. But they can also do the sound, energy and feel – because the band includes people who helped define those essential elements.
“Gerry and Ted were no backing musicians. They were part of an integral unit that allowed the maestro to present his prodigious talent. Plenty of body language was what I remember. Little nods here, smiles there and just enough ad lib without over milking the solo breaks. The tradition continues with Marcel.” – Noel Buckley