Eagle Rock Entertainment is celebrating the music of the late guitar legend Rory Gallagher this spring with a plethora of releases, including the re-release of many of the Irish guitarist’s 70s-vintage studio and live albums. The classic film documentary Irish Tour ’74 is also available on Blu-Ray for the first time, along with DVD, CD and vinyl editions.
Gallagher died in 1995 of complications following a liver transplant at the age of 47. He was recognized by his peers as a great talent and powerful live performer, while preferring to maintain a quiet and humble lifestyle offstage.
Of special interest to jamfans will be the release of Notes From San Francisco, a 2-disc collection that includes never-before-heard studio sessions with saxophonist Martin Fierro (Zero, Jerry Garcia Band). Recorded in 1977, the masters were shelved at the time and have never seen the light of day until now. Fierro and violinist Joe O’Donnell joined Gallagher and his core band of bassist Gerry McAvoy and drummer Rod de’Ath for the San Francisco sessions.
Fierro passed away in March of 2008 after a short battle with cancer.