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Gallagher fans in rare tape appeal

Rory Gallagher
Rory Gallagher died in 1995

The brother of Rory Gallagher has appealed for fans to come forward with rare recordings of the late blues rock guitarist in action on stage.

Gallagher first came to prominence in the 1960s with the band Taste, and this year is the 40th anniversary of the trio's self-titled debut album.

To mark the anniversary, the Donegal-born star's brother and former manager Donal is compiling live recordings with a view to releasing a new collection.

"We have, by and large, a lot of the recordings but some are of inferior quality," he said.

"What recording facilities you had in those days were reel-to-reel machines used to tape off the television or radio."

Tapes of some shows recorded for broadcast have been wiped in the intervening decades, and Donal Gallagher said the concert he was most anxious to trace was recorded in Belfast in 1970.


"The one I'd love to get my hands on is a film of Taste on the last day they were together at the Ulster Hall, an afternoon matinee show on New Years Eve," he said.

"It was called 'On the Boards at the Ulster Hall' - the trail has gone cold in the search for that one, and it would be terrific to get that."

Mr Gallagher is also hoping that avid fans who have kept tapes of a concert recorded for the John Peel show will get in touch through the official website.

"We've got a fairly good copy of that but a pristine copy would be ideal. John Peel talks between every number - the DJ was one of the first people to have promoted Taste in the early days," he said.

After leaving Taste, the Ballyshannon-born rocker went on to become a huge solo star in the 1970s.

He died in June 1995 following an illness, but ardent fans continue to keep his music alive.

Last month, a tribute concert was staged at the revamped Ulster Hall in Belfast, the scene of many of his greatest concerts.

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