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RORY GALLAGHER FEST 2011~Jan Akkerman Band & Eric Bell Band

PostPosted: 03 Mar 2011, 03:42
by Barry O'Neill

As Rory Gallagher fans remembered the Ballyshannon born Rock ‘n Blues Guitarist on what was his 63rd birthday on Wednesday (2nd March), they were given quite a present as the organisers of this years Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival in Ballyshannon revealed the Festival Programme online, on their official facebook and website

The 10th Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2011 takes place in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal in the North West of Ireland between 2nd and 5th June 2011 and will feature the legendary Jan Akkerman and his band, yes the Dutchman who was lead guitarist and frontman to the renowned “Focus”, while also among the headliners are former lead guitarist with “Thin Lizzy” Eric Bell and his band, while reflecting the Folk ‘n Blues genre will be Martin Carthy. The Festival that recently received the National Festival Award for ‘Best Medium Sized’ Festival will also see the renowned “Sinnerboy” tribute band from Manchester make their final appearance anywhere, at this years event. Some 20 International acts from Norway, Holland and the UK will all perform in Ballyshannon, including a first time appearance for “Rock Hospital” from Norway, the return of “Shinkicker” led by Chris Stuckey and the “Tony Dowler Band”.

There are many leading Irish Acts performing at the Festival including Pat McManus Band (ex. Mama’s Boys), “Johnny Gallagher & Boxtie”, “Seamie O'Dowd Band”, “Moonchild”, “Willie Byrne Band”, “The Skins”, “Dave McHugh Band”, “Slumming Angels”, “Zero Resistance”, “Messin’ with d’Gallagher”, “The Bollock Brothers”
and solo blues artists Peter Price (England) and Monica Heldal (Norway).

The Rory Gallagher Festival takes place between the 2nd and 5th June 2010 in Ballyshannon. All Festival details & Tickets available at