Band Of Friends
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"Winners of the European Blues Awards 2013"



Band Of Friends originally got together to perform A celebration of the music of Rory Gallagher.
Since then they have released an EP of their own original material [Too Much Is Not Enough] and continue to work on their forthcoming debut album ...

Band Of Friends are something different - they are essentially the sound, energy and feel of Rory Gallagher, because they are the people who helped define it ...

When the Irish guitarist-vocalist Rory Gallagher passed away in 1995 he left behind an eleven-album catalogue of inspired albums, and the memory of unforgettably energetic concerts.

Bassist Gerry McAvoy [Nine Below Zero, Champion Jack Dupree, Deep Joy] appeared on every one of those albums.
Drummer Ted McKenna [Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Greg Lake, Gary Moore, Ian Gillan, Michael Shenker Group] powered those live shows from 1977 until 1981 and appeared on Rory's acclaimed Photo-Finish, Top Priority and Stage Struck albums.

The addition of Dutch guitarist and vocalist Marcel Scherpenzeel [Wolfpin], who grew up with his bandmates' music, completes the line-up.

Ted recalls: "In 2010 Gerry told me he'd played with Marcel at a tribute show and thought he was the closest thing to Rory you'd ever hear. We got together for a play in Marcel's dad's blues club in Amsterdam. The impact was instant."

Gerry says: "Rory will always be close to my heart, of course. Playing tribute shows was one thing – when I heard Marcel I knew he had it all. Close your eyes and it's there."

If they say he's the nearest thing you'll get to Rory – and that's exactly what they do say – you'd better believe them.

Marcel adds: "You have to approach something like this with respect and honour. I already respected Gerry and Ted, and it's an honour to play Rory's music with them."

To be clear: if it wasn't completely convincing they wouldn't be doing it – there's no "cashing in" going on. And the reviews from shows across Europe confirms they're delivering what they hoped they would: an authentic Rory experience.

  • Members:
    Gerry McAvoy, Ted McKenna, Marcel Scherpenzeel
  • Sounds Like:
    Rory Gallagher
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    06/09/18 00:47:51
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