Rory Gallagher was born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal in 1948 and he went on to become one of the most revered blues guitar players of his generation. Rory died in 1995 at the age of 47.
His name sits easy with Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. He was even voted Melody Maker’s guitarist of the year in 1971 ahead of Clapton. His band Taste a three piece powerhouse of rock / blues were critically acclaimed and over the period of his career he sold over 30 million albums and won a devoted army of fans due to his constant touring.
Each year in June, Ballyhsannon hosts a celebration of the musical legacy left by Rory Gallagher. The festival now attracts in excess of 10,000 visitors annually. Updated information on the festival can be found here.