Gerry McAvoy played, recorded and toured with Rory Gallagher for 20 years, from 1971 to 1991, also playing on every solo album that the legendary guitarist released over the course of critically and commercially successful career. The pair recorded ten albums together during a prolific decade during the seventies, including two live albums, Live in Europe and Irish Tour '74.
The Belfast-born McAvoy had previously been in the band Deep Joy, who had supported Gallagher’s first outfit, Taste, on several occasions. Another member of Deep Joy, Brendan O’Neill, went on to play as part of Gallagher’s live band and is also part of Gerry McEvoy’s current Band of Friends, along with Paul Rose and Jim Kirkpatrick.
McAvoy was the mainstay of Gallagher’s live band for two decades as it went through several changes, but working most effectively and more often with McAvoy on bass, Gallagher and a variety of drummers. He then played with Nine Below Zero for more than a decade before forming Band of Friends in 2012. 2005 saw the publication of his biography, Riding Shotgun: 35 Years on the Road with Rory Gallagher and Nine Below Zero.
The Pat McManus Band
The Pat McManus Band are a rock/blues trio hailing from Ireland, headed up by former Mama's Boys and Celtus guitarist, violinist and singer songwriter Pat McManus. The 'PMB' line up is completed by former 'More Power To Your Elbow' powerful drummer Paul Faloon and rhythmic and solid pop rock bass player and studio engineer Plunkett McComb.
Irish guitar legend Pat McManus grew up in a family steeped in Irish Traditional music.His first instrument was the violin, which he started
Pat then formed what was to become 'Mama's Boys' with his two brother John and Tommy and they very quickly became an overnight hit around the clubs and ballrooms of Ireland.They then went on to tour the UK and Europe with 'Hawkwind','Wishbone Ash' and then were asked to support 'Thin Lizzy' on their farewell tour.This culminated in the band playing at the 'Reading Festival' as an unsigned band,unheard of at this time....and it was there they were finally signed to a world wide record deal with Ove/Arista and Virgin France. They went on to tour the world,working alongside such bands as Bon Jovi,Ratt,Black Sabbath,Iron Maiden, Rush, Sting, Gary Moore, Scorpions to name a few, both as support and headlining.