Though he never achieved the commercial success of his contemporaries Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page – the late Irish blues master Rory Gallagher was among the most lyrical guitarists of his era.
The bassist for Rory’s entire recorded solo canon was John Gerrard “Gerry” McAvoy. Unlike traditional blues rock players, McAvoy rendered contrapuntal melodies, chords, and counter rhythms which afforded Gallagher an expansive platform for his improvisational forays on stage and in the studio.
McAvoy continues on the bandstand with Band of Friends which celebrates the artistry of the legendary Rory Gallagher. Much McAvoy’s work with Gallagher is worthy of exploration, however I’ll cite Irish Tour ’74 (1974); Calling Card (1976) produced by Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover; and Photo-Finish (1978) among the most select Rory sides.
Gerry McAvoy Sound & Vision…
“Shadow Play” live in ‘79 https://youtu.be/go9J9REtfdA
“Cradle Rock” https://youtu.be/WGMnSFAVVDE
“Calling Card” https://youtu.be/EU1q5Kf9bFo
“Fuel to the Fire” https://youtu.be/qXr9BollQXw