Band of Friends returns to celebrate Irish blues / rock guitar legend Rory Gallagher in Newport this weekend


Davy Knowles (left) and Gerry McAvoy of Band of FriendsProvided by SoundtrexIrish blues / rock guitarist and singer Rory Gallagher died in the mid-1990s following a liver transplant, but his legacy lives on in artists inspired by his music. Gallagher – who reportedly turned down a guitar gig with a small band called The Rolling Stones in the early 1970s – is still the source of celebrations and tributes around the world.

One of the brightest Gallagher torchbearers is Band of Friends, which was formed earlier this decade by the Gallagher cohort and longtime bassist Gerry McAvoy.

Band of Friends – which is led by acclaimed Blues / Roots / Rock guitarist Davy Knowles – performs music from Gallagher’s entire career, but McAvoy avoids calling it a “tribute band,” saying in a press release : “The interpretations of the material can be quite spontaneous and unique… This is not a note-for-note replica of Rory’s material or concerts from decades past.

Band of Friends visited Greater Cincinnati earlier this year, kicking off the first leg of their US tour at the Southgate House Revival in March, just months after BoF drummer Ted McKenna (another Gallagher collaborator and member of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band) died of complications following the routine hernia surgery. Brendan O’Neill (who also performed extensively while supporting Gallagher) plays drums on the final leg of the band’s tour.

8 p.m. Saturday, December 7. $ 22; $ 25 day of the show. Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Newport,

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