Band of Friends ~ Reaching the Ultimate!

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On Saturday, December 12th, The Rockin The Blues Events and Kyttaro club, hosted the ultimate tribute to Rory Gallagher … An incredible night, which raised the bar very high as far as what a “successful live” is supposed to be!

The title of this article could be, in a dark humorous mood, “You’re here too?” simply because everyone was there…! Within the first half hour I saw three old classmates, one old neighbor, two exes, an old colleague, a friend’s nephews and of course lots of friends.
Nevertheless I wasn’t able to exchange a single word with any of them … If I wanted to accomplish that I should at least be mutated and be able to fly, pass through bodies, or communicate telepathically!

On the evening of Saturday December 12 Kyttaro club was packed!
It was full of people of all ages (and that was very nice), people who love good music, and especially the formidable Rory Gallagher.
People who were there to celebrate music and honor the ethic and work of this great artist … all in one body, one soul, looking at the stage, where there performed his best representatives … the only ones entitled to that honorary title!

Should I mention their names? Is there anyone who does not know … Band of Friends … Gerry McAvoy, Marcel Scherpenzeel and Ted McKenna ?
These people with their talent, their feelings and their soul itself, were able to make the entire Kyttaro club tremble… Their chemistry was unique and touching.

Band of Friends, is no tribute band … is a trio who bring the heart and soul of Rory’s music to all of us!!
Gerry  “the energetic bassist” … providing the hard hitting melodic basslines to complete the bluesy rock sound that Rory was so well known … Interactive and communicative!
Ted  “rhythm and beat” … is one of the most visual drummers I have seen and you can feel the passion coming from him which is reflected in his facial expressions and body language. (He is also the Winner of Best Musician (performance) at the 2015 European Blues Awards!!).
Marcel  “a guitar player on fire” … of whom Gerry has stated is “The closest to Rory you will get”. Marcel is inspired by Rory and he is also a touching vocalist!
With so many tracks to call on and so many they “had to play” the setlist choice could not have been an easy thing but overall I think they got balance right.

The energy in the room was unbelievable and although we were crammed no one cared … because ­as I’ve already said before­ what occurs whenever Kyttaro club is hosting this event, is not a concert, it’s a ritual!

What else could someone want by going to a tribute to Rory Gallagher? There is nothing superior than that … unless The Rockin’ The Blues Events (the organizer) could resurrect the artist and bring him on stage!
Although for that matter, in a strange metaphysical way, this happened! Rory was in fact there!
The crowd called him with its love, when everybody, in one voice, robust and enthusiastic, shouted “Rory, Rory, Rory …”. Emotion and Awe, nothing else!
But emotion was felt when Gerry McAvoy came down from the stage and without any qualms and insecurity, but with a smile and enthusiasm, he became one with the crowd!
How much you appreciate an artist who respects and gives himself to the public !! But it couldn’t have been otherwise considering the teacher he had!

Without any doubt we are talking about the largest and most successful live event of the year … Band of friends were awesome!!

 

Review & Photos by Joanna Arbi

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