News: BAND OF FRIENDS featuring Gerry McAvoy (Rory Gallagher) hit the road 15 April – 2 May 2015

This is an edit from an interview in November 2014 when Gerry McAvoy chose some of his favourite tracks for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio (4:51)

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Band of Friends - The Great British Rock & Blues Festival 2015
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Band Of Friends, the band featuring long-time Rory Gallagher bass player Gerry McAvoy, hits the road from 15 April for a series of dates.

Gerry McAvoy and drummer Ted McKenna worked together with Rory Gallagher on the three albums ‘Photo-Finish’, ‘Top Priority’ and ‘Stage Struck’ whilst McAvoy appeared on all of Gallagher’s studio albums. Together with Dutch guitarist-vocalist Marcel Scherpenzeel they transcend a mere tribute act and have now released a collection of their own songs.

Says McAvoy: “‘Too Much Is Not Enough’ is a line in the sand for us. We’re always going keep Rory’s songs alive – but we’re creative artists too and it’s time to make that point.

“The tracks came about when we did a writing session in Cumbria last year…I think you’ll see a direct line from the DVD (also included in the package) through our cover of ‘If I Had A Reason’ to the new tracks.  We’re looking forward to discovering where it’ll take us.”

APRIL 2015

WED 15th The Chichester Inn 38 West St, Chichester PO19 1RP Doors 8pm Band 8.30pm £15 Tickets from the Inn or by calling 01243783185

THURS 16th The Globe, Cardiff, 125 Albany Road CF24 3NS Cardiff +44 7590 471888
The Globe Cardiff 7.30pm £15+ B/Fee £1.50

FRIDAY 17th The Borderline, London Orange Yard, off Manette Street W1D 4TB London +44(0)207 734 55 47 7pm ( 10.30p Curfew) £17.50 Adv Tickets: Ticketweb

SAT 18th Town Hall, Ripley Town Hall Ripley Ripley, Harrogate North Yorkshire HG3 3AX Doors 7pm for 8pm start (support) and 9pm (main) £12 members and £15 guests and non-members.

THURS 23rd Square and Compass, Windmill Hill Windmill Hill, Ashill llminster, Somerset Tickets: 01823 480 467 Doors 8pm £14 Adv £16

FRI 24th Robin 2 Bilston 20-28 Mount Pleasant Bilston, Wolverhampton WV14 7LJ 9pm £15 Adv £16 Door

SAT 25th Hessle Town Hall, South Lane Hessle (Hull) HU13 0RR Doors 7pm Start 8pm £14 30 inc B/F

SUN 26th Yardbirds Rock Club Grimsby Church Street (off Freeman St) Grimsby NE Lincs DN32 7DD 44-(0)7771 520 374 7pm £14.30 inc

THURS 30th The Musician, Leicester Clyde Street Leicester LE1 2DE +44-116 251 00 80 Doors 8pm 15.40 inc B/F Tickets wegottickets


SAT 2nd The Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh 9c Victoria Street EH1 2HE, Edinburgh Midlothian +440131 225 2564 7pm £18+£1.75

On Sunday 28 July 2019, David Randall celebrated his 600th show. “Assume The Position” started in June 2007 on UK City Radio before transferring a year later to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. The show includes tracks played on the first show plus Upton Blues Festival highlights, new music and the regular features “Live Legends” and “Anniversary Rock” which this week celebrates the Island Records label 60th anniversary.

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Power Plays w/c 5 August (Mon-Fri)

COCO MONTOYA I Wouldn’t Wanna Be You (Alligator)
SKYFEVER Burning Hands (OTI Records)
HENRY’S FUNERAL SHOE High Shoulders Everywhere (indie)
MICHAEL J BOLTON Trans Lunar Injection (Market Square)

Featured Albums w/c 5 August (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 STRANDED New Dawn (Escape Music)
12:00-13:00 HOLLOW HAZE Between Wild Landscapes And Deep Blue Sea (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 SESSION AMERICANA North East (indie)

Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)

BRIAN ROBERTSON – Diamonds And Dirt (2011)

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