Rory Gallagher Festival 02nd June 2010 until Sunday 06th June 2010.

Ballyshannon  is all set for the biggest weekend of the year with an even bigger and better festival lined up for this year. The unveiling of the Rory Gallagher Statue kick starts the annual event this year on Wednesday evening the 2nd June.

The Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival have announced a significant headline act to appear at this years 5-day event in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal Ireland with former lead guitarist with the world renowned “Whitesnake”, Bernie Marsden and his band set to appear in Ballyshannon on Saturday 5th June 2010. The Festival takes place between Wednesday 2nd June and Sunday 6th June 2010.

Marsden who in the late 1970’s teamed up with former Deep Purple vocalist David Coverdale to form the legendary “Whitesnake”. The Marsden-Coverdale compositions of "Here I Go Again" and "Fool for Your Loving", were to become sizeable worldwide hits. Bernie Marsden will be joined in Ballyshannon by Rory Gallagher’s former band members Rich Newman and Dave Levy and no doubt will deliver an explosive set of Gallagher and Whitesnake classics.

Bernie Marsden was a close personal friend of the late Rory Gallagher, who died 15 years ago this June. Speaking to this week Mr. Marsden said “Rory was a lovely guy and a great influence on me, both as a player and a human being. Sadly he passed away much too early, but this gig in Ballyshannon will be all about celebrating him and his music. I don’t intend to impersonate him, but instead I will be playing his songs the way I play and the way I sing”.

The Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival opens on Wednesday 2nd June 2010 with the unveiling of the Rory Gallagher bronze statue at 7.30pm on Main Street , Ballyshannon. Speaking to, Festival Chairperson, Barry O’Neill said “we are delighted that we will be unveiling the Rory Gallagher Sculpture this June and congratulate the designer and sculptor David Annand for the superb work in honouring Rory. We are equally pleased that Bernie Marsden is coming to play the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2010 and his performance with Dave Levy, Rich Newman and Jim Kirkpatrick is sure to be a popular gig for Rory’s loyal fans at the Rory Gallagher Theatre. Also appearing on the same bill as Bernie Marsden at the Rory Gallagher Theatre on Saturday 5th June are the highly rated Dutch based band “Wolfpin” who took the festival by storm last year and are led by the talented Marcel Scharpenzel on lead guitar and also an incredible artist from Norway Monica Heldal who is set to make quite an impression, playing many of Rory’s classic numbers in her own amazing style. Tickets for that Concert are now on sale in the Box Office section of this website.

In all there will be 25 different acts appearing at this year’s Rory Gallagher Tribute Festival including one of the Festival favourites “Sinnerboy” from Manchester, former “Mama’s Boy’s” guitarist - Pat McManus, while making a welcomed debut to the Rory Festival is the Willie Byrne Band and travelling from Norway are the “Bearded Babies” and from Germany “The Loop”. Among the leading local acts appearing are Ballyshannon Rockers “Moonchild”, “Johnny Gallagher & Boxtie” and “The Skins”.

The organiser’s are delighted to present one of the legends of Blues ‘n Folk Music – Chris Newman who was a close friend to the Late Rory Gallagher and appeared on Rory’s Album ‘Wheels within Wheels’, while a new face to this years festival will be the respected Belfastman Roy Fulton and no Rory Gallagher Festival would be complete without former ‘Dervish’ guitarist Seamie O’Dowd and his Electric Rock ‘n Blues Band. Among other acts to watch-out for, the superb “Shinkicker” from England , “Dave McHugh Band” ( Dublin ), “Brian Meakin Band” and “Slumming Angels” from Dublin .

Visitors attending the Festival now have much to see in Ballyshannon where Rory Gallagher lived for the first four years of his life. The appropriately named - Rock Hospital where Rory was born on March 2nd 1948, East Port Road is the Street where Rory first lived and with it nowadays are Rory Gallagher Place and the main Theatre at the Abbey Centre was named “Rory Gallagher Theatre” and unveiled by Donal Gallagher.

The Festival is a must for Music lovers with a mass gathering of Gallagher fans set to participate in the 5-day programme of events filled with non-stop Rock 'n Blues sounds. The vast majority events of the 5 day Festival are Free Open Air Concerts and Pub Gigs, with the Theatre Concert on Saturday 5th June – the only Pre-Sold Ticket event. You can purchase your tickets for that event in the Box Office section of this website. For all General Enquiries including Accomodation, contact Barry O’Neill,
Email: Tel. 0035386-8772325 with the full festival programme now available on this website. Also visit our Facebook Page

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