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**Track Of The Day** Rory Gallagher - Bullfrog Blues, The Old Grey Whistle Test, 1976

There is a famous Hendrix quote in which Jimi is asked how it feels to be the best guitarist ever. He replied...

"I don't know, ask Rory Gallagher."

This version of 'Bullfrog Blues' is taken from Rory Gallagher's Old Grey Whistle Test show at Shepherds Bush Empire in 1976. Whilst the rest of the show went out to televison audiences this encore was not originally broadcast.

It show's Rory in fine form and in good spirits playing his 1959 Fender Esquire, and features solo's from all the band members. You can watch the full show below.

This year's Annual Rory Gallagher tribute festival takes place between 31st May and 3rd June in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland, with acts coming to honour Rory from Italy, Germany, Holland, England, Spain, USA, Scotland and from throughout Ireland. Over 12,000 people attended the Festival in 2011. 

Rory Gallagher was born at the Rock Hospital in Ballyshannon on 2nd March 1948 to Parents Daniel and Monica. At that time Rory's Dad was working on the building of the ESB Hydro Station in Ballyshannon. Rory and his family departed Ballyshannon in the 1950's before moving for a period to Derry City, where Rory's brother and life-long Manager Donal was born. The Gallagher Family later moved to Cork City. 

The town has played host to the biggest tribute to Rory Gallagher with the International Tribute Festival for the last 10 years. On Wednesday 2nd June 2010, the town came to a standstill as the Rory Gallgher lifesize bronze statue of Rory Gallagher was unveiled. 

Tickets are available from here.

 

 

 

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