Rock fans from all over the world will be making their annual pilgrimage to Ballyshannon for the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival which is now just on the horizon taking place on the weekend of June 2nd. to the 5th. of June.
The now well established festival was officially launched by founder and Chairperson of the committee, Cllr. Barry O’Neill at a reception in Dorrian’s Hotel in Ballyshannon.
“This year’s festival promises to be even bigger and better and has attracted interest from all parts of the globe, This has been boosted by the fact that coinciding with this year’s festival, a new album will be released featuring some of Rory’s unpublished works.
“It has generated a great interest and we are honoured that they chose his hometown to release it.
“The festival itself brings in a substantial amount of foreign earnings into the community - something which is much needed in the present financial climate and gives the town and the surrounding areas a much needed boost.”
Rory was given the ultimate honour last year with the unveiling of his Bronze Statue in Ballyshannon, where the born Rock ‘n Blues Guitarist was born on 2nd March 1948 at the appropriately named Rock Hospital.
This will be the 10th Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival in Ballyshannon following on from last years unveiling of the bronze Statue in Ballyshannon town centre, with over 10,000 music fans expected to converge on the South Donegal town.
The Festival that recently received the National Festival Award for ‘Best Medium Sized’ Festival will also see, at this years event, some 20 International acts from Norway, Holland and the UK will all perform in Ballyshannon, including a first time appearance for “Rock Hospital” from Norway, the return of “Shinkicker” led by Chris Stuckey, the “Tony Dowler Band” and also added to the Programme are the “Jed Thomas Band”
O’Neill paid tribute to those who continue to support the staging of the Festival, “it would not be possible without the ongoing work by the voluntary committee who put many hours of work into the Tribute Festival for many months and also our sponsors Guinness Ireland, Greenstar and the Ballyshannon Business Community and our key funders - Failte Ireland, Donegal County Council and Ballyshannon Town Council.
“This year a special mention must also be given to artist Barry Sweeny who has created a superb image of Rory against the backdrop of the old workhouse at the Rock. It is a truly great work of art and captures the spirit that Rory embodied.”
The Rory Gallagher Festival takes place between the 2nd and 5th June 2010 in Ballyshannon. All Festival details & Tickets available at www.goingtomyhometown.com