BAND OF FRIENDS
A celebration of the music of Rory Gallagher
Winners of The European Blues Awards 2013
Gerry McAvoy – bassist with Rory for over 20 Years
Brendan O’Neill – drummer with Rory Gallagher for 10 Years
Marcel Scherpenzeel Winner Best guitarist Dutch Blues Award 2017
With solo support from Andrew Robert Eustace.
2019 sees the Band of Friends entering their 7th year together … founding member Ted McKenna sadly passed away in January 2019. Ted played with Rory Gallagher, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, The Michael Schenker Group, Ian Gillan to drop a few, was a wonderful man and will be sadly missed by all that knew him … Band of Friends will be dedicating the Glasgow show on the tour to the memory of Ted as well as Rory.
The band have gone from strength to strength. Reaching a larger audience than expected back in 2012.
They have now toured most of Europe, and with their first tour of the US in April 2018, playing to sell out venues, and with a return to the US in November and December 2018, the band could sit back and relax.
But NO 2019 sees the band working harder than ever Globally !!
Also looking forward to 2020, which will be Rory’s 25th Anniversary, the band are putting together something special for this.
Also with 3 CD’s under their belt, they hope to release a best of CD in 2019. The CD’s “Too much is not enough” “Live n kickin” “Repeat after me” are available on the online shop at www.bandoffriends.eu
Along with their music awards, Gerry McAvoy was awarded the freedom of Belfast by the city council.
As Winners of European Blues Awards “Band of The Year” in 2013, Best musician Ted McKenna 2016, Best guitarist Marcel Scherpenzeel 2017, and boasting rave reviews from every show, it’s clear to see why the band continues to be so popular.
In the era of tribute acts who deliver note-perfect renditions of their heroes’ catalogues, the Band of Friends is something different. They can do the notes played by electric blues icon Rory Gallagher. But they can also do the sound, energy and feel – because the band includes people who helped define those essential elements.
“Gerry and Ted were no backing musicians. They were part of an integral unit that allowed the maestro to present his prodigious talent. Plenty of body language was what I remember. Little nods here, smiles there and just enough ad lib without over milking the solo breaks. The tradition continues with Marcel.” – Noel Buckley
“Really has the atmosphere of a Rory concert” – Lust for Life
“This is not a tribute band but a group of its own. The trio work wonders.” – Rock & Folk
“Sparks fly from the first note. The Band of Friends is pure cracker.” – Blues focus
“The pleasure flies in your face – one cannot get enough” Voor
“A sturdy pot of blues-rock – they impressed, and not only me” Bluesbreaker
“Emotional highlight… a fantastic interpretation” RockBlogBlues
“In the music industry it’s hard to find something this well done. Priceless.” Miusyk.com
“Like no other power trio, they celebrate the amiable guitar hero’s passion on stage”
The Blues Alone