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Play it again, Gallagher: Rory's 'first recording' is found

Postby roryfan » 04 Apr 2012, 01:36

From today's Irish Times

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ire ... 48566.html
Play it again, Gallagher: Rory's 'first recording' is found

THE FIRST recording by Irish guitar legend Rory Gallagher may have been uncovered in an archive in Cork that was collected by the late manager of Gallagher’s first band, The Fontana Showband.

Music fan Tim O’Leary said yesterday that he was given the archive by Sarah Prendergast, whose husband, Philip, was the first manager of The Fontana Showband, which Gallagher joined in 1963.

“Sarah was moving house two years ago and gave me this archive – there’s a five-track reel-to-reel recording made at Kingsway Studios in London in 1964, and Rory sings lead on two of the songs.”

Gallagher sings solo on a song called Slowdown “and I reckon that is his first ever recording”, Mr O’Leary said.

“He later recorded it again in 1982 – the arrangement and the voice is the same but it’s 18 years later and you can hear how he has developed as a guitarist.”

The second song Gallagher sings is a version of My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean, which was a standard at the time, recorded by many bands in Ireland and the UK – including The Beatles, who backed Tony Sheridan on a version entitled My Bonnie.

Mr O’Leary, who revealed details of the archive on the Neil Prendeville show on Cork 96FM, said it also had 30 photographs of The Fontana, which also included brothers Bernie and Oliver Tobin, and John Lehane, Eamon O’Sullivan and Declan O’Keeffe.

“The photographs were taken by an official photographer – some in studios and some rehearsing, but they also include what I reckon is Rory’s first passport photograph,” said Mr O’Leary.

“He was about 15 or 16 when The Fontana went on tour in the UK and Spain, and Sarah told me how Philip had to bring Rory into Woolworths in Patrick Street in Cork to get photographs taken for his passport.”
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Postby JimLED » 04 Apr 2012, 08:56

Good news, John.
I hope we can hear all these tracks, someday..
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Postby signals » 04 Apr 2012, 11:36

The story made the 6pm and 9pm news in Ireland - you can hear one of the tracks playing in the background.

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Postby Jay Jay » 04 Apr 2012, 11:59

Yes, great news and Rory finds indeed :)

Thanks John for article Plus Mac with Signals for giving us the RTE TV News link also

Here is another article in the Irish Examiner about ‘Lost’ recordings offer fans a taste of early Gallagher

Read more: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/lo ... z1r4O2FOe8
http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/lo ... 89380.html
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Postby GRace » 04 Apr 2012, 12:36

Thanks for all links, guys!
Splendid 'one of the first songs he ever wrote', I must say! (very very good that they put the file to listen :) )
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Postby BIBI » 04 Apr 2012, 12:48

Here is another link:

"New twist in Rory's story as showband recording found" by the Irish Independent

http://www.independent.ie/national-news ... 70158.html

and also this one:

"16 year old Gallagher performing the song “Slow Down”… by News Talk (with link to listen to "Slow Down")

http://www.newstalk.ie/2012/featured-5- ... slow-down/

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Postby maapji » 04 Apr 2012, 13:14

Thanks for the link, BIBI! Have you been able to listen to the song? I pressed play but it just keeps loading.
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Postby Jay Jay » 04 Apr 2012, 13:28

maapji wrote:Thanks for the link, BIBI! Have you been able to listen to the song? I pressed play but it just keeps loading.


Yes that happen to me with that link Maapji try downloading this one ..

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http://exa.mn/4n Rory's young voice sounds great :)
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Postby maapji » 04 Apr 2012, 13:38

Thanks, Jay Jay! The quality is great. The song even contains Rory's occasional scream :D
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Postby JimLED » 04 Apr 2012, 14:27

Yes, thanks folks for the link to the song.
Just amazing voice and pretty raw solo at the end! :)

We're all want more! :)
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