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Donal Gallagher ~ On a Mission For Rory

PostPosted: 19 Jul 2012, 14:06
by Jay Jay
Rory Fans, are you not glad to hear this from a Donal Gallagher fairly recent interview..
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Looking to the future, Donal addressed the state of the archives:

Rory did a lot of radio programs – particularly in America. Rory’s music wasn’t formatted for radio airplay – he didn’t release singles. The alternative to that was allowing the FM stations to come and record the live shows for broadcast. So by virtue of that – and by virtue of the fact that no two gigs were ever the same – we have a lot of tapes.

Rory educated us to look after the recordings in the archives. We had the tapes baked a couple of times to make sure there was no moisture, which can cause them to deteriorate. Plus, there are certain types of tapes that are inclined to break up and shatter, so sometimes we duplicated to a different source.

Of course, multi-track tape was quite expensive back in the day, so to economize, we’d oftentimes re-record over shows! I think some of the live tracks on Notes from San Francisco were over-recorded on tapes.

Tom O’Driscoll took over the archives after Rory died and has done a wonderful job of sorting and cataloguing everything. Plus, things show up just out of the blue. It’s fortunate that Daniel is around, as he’s of a different technical age than I am and tracks a lot of stuff – he’s quite diligent. For instance, he turned up this piece that was taped for French television that I’d completely forgotten had been done – I hadn’t been there for the taping. And that would’ve been something that I would never have known to look for.

Sadly, as is often the case, Rory Gallagher has become more well-known since his death – due in no small part to the efforts of his brother Donal. Talking to Donal, it’s obvious what drives him: pride and love.

Since Rory died, there are so many people who have said how much he influenced them and I’m proud of that … but it would’ve been nice if they could have done that while he was alive.

Whenever I’d say anything to Rory about people not paying enough attention to his music, he’d laugh it off.

“Look,” he’d say, “how many people know about Doc Watson? How many people appreciate Django Reinhardt? They’re far better guitarists than I am and they never get any recognition… I’m not complaining.”

But I always thought Rory deserved more… and that’s why we’re doing what we’re doing.

It’s a mission.

Re: Donal Gallagher ~ On a Mission For Rory

PostPosted: 19 Jul 2012, 16:26
by RobertaSparrow
Jay Jay:Rory Fans, are you not glad to hear this from a Donal Gallagher fairly recent interview..


I have two questions:

From the sentence "Rory did a lot of radio programs – particularly in America. Rory’s music wasn’t formatted for radio airplay – he didn’t release singles. . . . " to the end, are those words from Donal?
Except the statement
"Sadly, as is often the case, Rory Gallagher has become more well-known since his death – due in no small part to the efforts of his brother Donal. Talking to Donal, it’s obvious what drives him: pride and love. " is obviously the interviewer?

And my second question, most importantly, is there anything we can do to help? Is there anything Donal would like us to do to aid him on his mission?

P. S. silicon dioxide desiccant is probably a better way to keep moisture from damaging the old tapes and other media- drying heat is rough on magnetic tape.

Re: Donal Gallagher ~ On a Mission For Rory

PostPosted: 20 Jul 2012, 14:51
by JimLED
The old tape should be reconstructed yesterday! Few years later.. and it be just a dust..

Re: Donal Gallagher ~ On a Mission For Rory

PostPosted: 20 Jul 2012, 17:29
by Strat59
Donal has done a wonderful job preserving the legacy and memory of his brother Rory. Unfortunately all Blues guitarists suffer from apparent lack of exposure , the nature of the fickle fashion of music. But Rory is more well known and universally loved and respected than most think. His album sales for one show that. Thanks to the work of Donal and Daniel the new generations are now able to discover Rory and appreciate him. Also what is unique with all Great Music is it's timeless quality. Rory , Hendrix they have it. Their music sounds as fresh and exciting today as it did then , and that's saying something considering the amount of music that's come since and the ever changing styles in music.

Rory was a Student of the Blues and a Master in its execution, he played from his heart and soul. He would have been just as happy playing down the local to a small crowd of fans & friends and some pints, as he would playing 20,000 seater stadiums around the world. It was for the love of the music first and foremost not the fame and fortune. That's why he was so great and so loved. Donal need not worry !

Re: Donal Gallagher ~ On a Mission For Rory

PostPosted: 20 Jul 2012, 18:02
by Jay Jay
Strat59 wrote:Donal has done a wonderful job preserving the legacy and memory of his brother Rory. Unfortunately all Blues guitarists suffer from apparent lack of exposure , the nature of the fickle fashion of music. But Rory is more well known and universally loved and respected than most think. His album sales for one show that. Thanks to the work of Donal and Daniel the new generations are now able to discover Rory and appreciate him. Also what is unique with all Great Music is it's timeless quality. Rory , Hendrix they have it. Their music sounds as fresh and exciting today as it did then , and that's saying something considering the amount of music that's come since and the ever changing styles in music.

Rory was a Student of the Blues and a Master in its execution, he played from his heart and soul. He would have been just as happy playing down the local to a small crowd of fans & friends and some pints, as he would playing 20,000 seater stadiums around the world. It was for the love of the music first and foremost not the fame and fortune. That's why he was so great and so loved. Donal need not worry !


@Strat59
I've been on the Official Rory Gallagher forum now for 10 years and I must say ..

THIS IS THE BEST POST I have ever seen in all that time .. Not only to sum up Rory's but also Jimi Hendrix's legacy :)
The two greatest guitar hero's of the 20th century without a doubt :)

Slainte Jay Jay

Re: Donal Gallagher ~ On a Mission For Rory

PostPosted: 21 Jul 2012, 09:49
by Strat59
Cheers Jay Jay. I've played and listened to music all my life and there are few constants that have remained with me. Rory & Jimi are the two. Both were phenom's
as players. There are many who are technical masters of the guitar but their playing lacks the feel and soul. The old Blues Greats could play a few notes but say so much.
Both Rory & Jimi were Blues Greats. Jimi has a CD called - Blues. Really showcases his talent both on electric and acoustic. Rory was the same. Whether playing his Acoustic or National Reso or Strat he was a master. Both were as great on acoustic as they were on electric. Both Rory & Jimi made it look effortless playing their
respective styles , but truth be told there was a Lot going on in their playing. The greats make the difficult look easy. As I mentioned on another post, Rory's Slide
playing was stunning . I've seen a lot of players considered to be slide masters but Rory had them covered. When he whipped that slide out of his pocket and let rip
he played with such power , authority and attitude .......... That was Rory Gallagher !

Blues is an uplifting music. Bill Wyman said when he is down and wants to feel in a happy frame of mind he puts on some Blues. That is the feeling I get when playing anything by Rory. His enthusiasm comes through in his music and can't help but influence those listening or watching him. He is one of those rare persons who can take old blues standards and make them truelly his own. It's one thing to cover other peoples songs , but a completely different thing to be able to make them your own.

To be able to do something you really love all your life , reach Millions of people around the World with your music , gain the respect of your peers , achieve world wide fame , leave a legacy of music that will live on , influence 1000's of young people to pick up a guitar, learn about and play the blues, and remain the same
humble caring human being, he has earned the right to be one of the All Time Greats standing alongside those he admired and who influenced him. You could ask
no more from ones life than that. Mrs Gallagher would have been very proud of what both Rory & Donal achieved together.

The fact that the C/S Rory Gallagher Strat is now so well established in their line and a consistent top seller speaks volumes for the respect and awareness young players have for Rory. Certainly I would say , along with the Eric Clapton (Blackie) Fenders Best Selling Tribute Strat by far.

I know in the States many consider SRV the one to reinvent the Blues into the mainstream , but for me Rory Gallagher was the Flame. Stevie was great but Rory was a force of nature.

Re: Donal Gallagher ~ On a Mission For Rory

PostPosted: 21 Jul 2012, 16:33
by Simone67
Hey Strat 59,

...what a beautiful post just above ! It is as if you have given my own heart a voice, in putting that down so well !
Thank you ! :D

Re: Donal Gallagher ~ On a Mission For Rory

PostPosted: 22 Jul 2012, 00:39
by Strat59
:D Thanks Simone67 , everyone has music and certain performers they love. Music is important in that it reaches out to everyone regardless of race or creed, and brings joy to millions. To all who loved Rory this was the effect of his music and performances. It is sad he left us at such a young age with so much more ahead of him to give. But what he has left us is wealth of great music and live performance footage to be treasured. With the tireless efforts of Donal and Daniel to oversee the handling of his legacy , and I'm sure more unreleased material yet to come, things are in good hands. The important thing with the Forum is is it allows a place for us all to keep the memory of Rory alive. I've travelled to a lot of countries and it's amazing some of the out of the way places where you walk into a CD Store and there in the Blues Section is a full selection of Rory's CD's , that's how I know how far and wide Rory was loved. I'm living presently in Beijing and will be going across to Tokyo for the Rory Gallagher Tribute Festival in November. Not even Jimi Hendrix has a Festival in Japan !

Re: Donal Gallagher ~ On a Mission For Rory

PostPosted: 22 Jul 2012, 12:28
by innuendo
great posts strat 59