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Band of Friends

A celebration of the music of Rory Gallagher.

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…

2019 sees the Band of Friends entering their 7th year together.

The band have gone from strength to strength. Reaching a larger audience than expected back in 2012.

They have now toured most of Europe, and with their first tour of the US in April 2018, playing to sell out venues, and with a return to the US in November and December 2018, the band could sit back and relax.

But NO 2019 sees the band working harder than ever Globally !!

Also looking forward to 2020, which will be Rory’s 25th Anniversary, the band are putting together something special for this.

Also with 3 CD’s under their belt, they hope to release a best of CD in 2019. The CD’s “Too much is not enough” “Live n kickin” “Repeat after me” are available on the online shop at

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

Event Details


Venue: The Venue

Over 14s only - under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

This is a standing event.