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Vintage Rock Pod.
In this interview Gerry McAvoy talks about his time with Rory, how Rory worked in the studio, the unusual way he structured his concerts and about 'Band of Friends' that Gerry created to keep his music alive.

Check it out here: Vintage Rock Pod.

Strange Brew podcast.
Rory Gallagher’s long time bassist, Gerry McAvoy remembers Rory and chooses eight key tracks from his career.

You can listen to the podcast here: The Strange Brew.

Blues Matters.
Interview with Gerry McAvoy by Colin Campbell.
...He was refused permission to get a guitar from his father as a Christmas present, who said, you can get a snooker table not a guitar...

You can read the article (PDF) here: Gerry McAvoy talking Rory Gallagher.

Bass Player Magazine
Interview with Gerry McAvoy.
..Any advice for young bass players coming up?
Exactly the same advice that Rory gave to me:
Rehearse, listen to as many people as you can,
and play with as many people as you can.
That's really important..

Click on the picture to read the article,
Or read the article in PDF here: BassPlayer.

Unlocking The Keys
..A man who needs no introduction, but still absolutely deserves one, Gerry McAvoy is one of the most grooving, pocket, and chops-having bass players of all time. For over 20 years, from 1970 until 1991, Gerry played with who is my favorite guitarist of all time, Rory Gallagher..

Unlocking The keys with Linc Bradham.

Hi all.
Hope everyone is keeping safe.
Well at last we are back on the road.
Next week we play The Northern Kin festival, Co Durham on the 18th September, on stage at 16:05hrs.
This will be the third UK show with the new lineup.
Gerry, Brendan, Paul Rose & Jim Kirkpatrick.

Then its off to the Netherlands, where we play CC Bullekerk Zaandam (NL) 24th September.
Our German tour kicks off on the 30th September at Exil, Gottingen.
With a quick hop over to Barcelona, Spain for the Festival International Blues de Cerdanyola on the 6th October.
Back to the UK for three shows.
The Cluny, Newcastle on the 8th October.
Carlisle Blues Rock Festival on the 9th October.
And back to The Cavern, Liverpool on the 10th October, on stage 3PM
Back to Germany where we continue the tour at Kofferfabrik, Furth on the 14th October.

All these shows will be with the new Lineup.
Except for 22nd October Scheur, Idstein / 23rd October Hanseat, Salzwedel
24th October Harmonie, Bonn, Where we have our old friend Stephan Graf standing in for Jim Kirkpatrick.
We hope to see you along the way.
Come and join us. Lets have some fun together.
Band of Friends

German Kultrock Festival.
The Kultrock Festival is moved to 13th Aug 2022.

Scottish Shows.
The Scottish shows in June have been cancelled!
Because of Peter McCallums decision, the scheduled shows for June 2021 in Scotland have been cancelled.
We are looking to reschedule the shows to 2022.
We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.
We will keep you posted.

..Concerts cancelled all ticket holders will be refunded..
Read the newsletter from PM Music, Band of Friends agent in Scotland here:Statement from PM Music.

The Bass Guitar Channel Radio Show.
...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...
Watch here: "A Conversation With Gerry McAvoy"

De Bosuil Weert (NL)

Box Music.
For those who couldn't login at Box Music or missed the broadcast.

You can listen
to the broadcast here: Boxmusic

Coluna Blues Rock.
Interview with Gerry McAvoy by Ellen Caroline.
...Since we lost Ted I decided to change the lineup of Band of Friends. Marcel has formed his own band. We now have Brendan O'Neill (Rory 1981-1991) on drums. Paul Rose on guitar Stephan Graf on guitar...

...The troubles were in full momentum when Rory and the band decided to play some shows in Ireland.
These shows included playing the Ulster Hall, Belfast, where I had seen Taste play a few years previous.
Coming from Belfast I was probably more aware of the dangers than the rest of the guys...
Read the article (Portuguese/English) here:Coluna Blues Rock

Online gig Band of Friends
If you missed the online "Christmas" concert from Band of Friends!

You can watch it here on: FaceBook or YouTube.

Band of Friends YouTube.
Please subscribe to the new YouTube Channel for promos & updates.

Interview with Gerry McAvoy
"...we all ended up at the airport, in a coffee shop...passing the time away and speaking with Frank Zappa.
I was 19. And it was amazing."

"...Yeah, I listened to Paul McCartney a lot. And then I started listening to guys like Willie Dixon.  When I got into the blues, I was listening to guys like that."
Read the interview by Casey Chambers, Wichita Kansas here: The College Crowd Digs Me.

USA Tour 2020.
USA Tour 10th - 26th September has been rescheduled to Fall/Winter 2021.
Exact dates will be confirmed soon.

Eclipsed Rock Magazin.
"Ich hatte den eindruck, dass er mich und unseren drummer Wilgar Campbell unter die lupe nahm"
"Dann wollte er wissen, ob ich zu einigen konzerten in Frankreich mitkommen möchte"
"Rory war der boss, und das musstest du akzeptieren"
Read the article by Wolfgang Thomas here:Eclipsed Rock Magazin

The Telegraph Newspaper.
"A nice article from The Telegraph Newspaper"

Read the article by Ed power here: The Telegraph


Dear friends,
Because of the current threat of Covid 19, all shows have been cancelled until the end of June 2020.
Shows will be rescheduled, so please refer to the tour page on this web site for all updates.
We are concerned for everyone's safety, so we and the venues have no option but to cancel.
Let's hope this situation changes sooner than later.
Please keep safe and we will see you soon.

In September 2020 Band of Friends will return to the USA for their 5th tour.
The line up for the USA will be:
Gerry McAvoy (Bass & vocals) Brendan O'Neill (Drums) Davy Knowles (Guitar & vocals)

Online gig Band of Friends
If you missed the online gig from Band of Friends!

You can watch it here: FaceBook or YouTube.

Web Gig Live.
Rory Gallagher International Online Festival.

Sunday 14th June 5-8pm UK, Rory Gallagher FB page.

Newsletter 2020
We would like to thank everyone for their support throughout 2019.
We have had some great shows, with the help of some fine musicians.
Thank you to Mike Hansen, Jean Rosset and John Martin for stepping up to the drum rostrum at very short notice.
You guys did a great job, under very difficult circumstances, I’m sure we will see you again soon.

Brendan O'Neill has now come on board as a semi-solid member of the band.
He was the right man for the job, after playing with Rory for 10 years (1981 – 1991).
He was the obvious choice.

As you know 2019 is also tinged with sadness.
We lost our dear friend and comrade Ted McKenna in January, sadly Ted’s cousin Hugh McKenna passed away just a few weeks ago.
Hugh was also featured on the last BOF CD "Repeat after me".
We also lost some close friends and musicians, who we remember with fondness.

So 2020, which is Rorys 25th Anniversary, will be celebrated by Band of Friends with some new line up changes.
When Gerry decided to put the band together back in 2011, he first approached Ted, who had the idea of using different musicians as often as possible.
Hence the name Band of Friends.
We never really developed this idea, except for having friends and musicians join us on stage for an impromptu jam session.
Gerry said "I think we just sort of roller coasted along, Myself, Ted and Marcel were happy to let the band take its own course, which it did."

From March 2020 Band of Friends will have two different line ups.
For European shows through March, April, July and August the line up will be:
Gerry McAvoy (Bass & vocals)  Brendan ONeill (drums)  Stephan Graf (Guitar & vocals) Paul Rose (Guitar & vocals)

Throughout May & June the line up will be:
Gerry McAvoy (bass & vocals) Brendan ONeill (drums) Davy Knowles (Guitar & vocals)
This last line up will also return to the USA in September 2020 for the bands 5th tour over there.

Marcel has formed his own band "Marcel Scherpenzeel Band"
We wish him good fortune with his project.
See you soon,

Remembering The big man. One year on.
Never forgotten Ted. RIP

After the tragic loss of Ted McKenna, Gerry has decided to continue with Band of Friends.
Brendan O'Neill will be joining for most of their shows.
Brendan played in the Rory Gallagher Band from 1981-1991.
"After we lost Ted, I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue with the band, but after reading
so many of your comments on FaceBook and other media outlets, I deceided to continue".
Thank you for your support.
Gerry McAvoy

The Band has just completed their 3rd US Tour, to much acclaim.
2019 will see The Band travel through Europe, taking in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, Hungary, France, Ireland, England.

2020 will be Rory's 25th anniversary.
So we are planning something special for this.
Keep an eye on the web site and FaceBook for all developments.

We look forward to seeing you all the upcoming shows.
Keep on Rocking!
Gerry, Marcel, Brendan

Homeland video.
We have been working on this video for Homeland for quite sometime.
It has been shelved for many reasons, but we feel now is the right time to release it.
Hope you enjoy it.

Many thanks to Jim Sullivan, for his patience in putting it together.

Riding Shotgun.
A revised and updated edition of Riding Shotgun is being launched on 20th November 2018.

Riding Shotgun: On the Road with Rory Gallagher, Nine Below Zero, Band of Friends, the new version of Gerry McAvoy's much acclaimed autobiography, features an extended epilogue plus updated information and several new photographs from Gerry's personal collection.

The book is available from or, for European and American buyers, direct from the publisher SPG Triumph by contacting the company via their website where you can order a copy using Paypal.

The book will also be available at future European and American gigs in 2018/19.

News Letter.
Here we are at the end of the Summer.
Getting ready to have a good time, Rocking & Rolling through Germany & Holland from 4th October to 10th November (see tour dates)

After a couple of UK shows, Leicester & Liverpool. We head back to the USA & Canada for a tour of mostly West coast venues.
We’ve had a successful year up until now.
Enjoying playing some great festivals in the UK, Belgium,Holland, France, Germany and Hungary.
It was great to meet up with Walter Trout at the Rory Gallagher international festival, in Ballyshannon.
Hope to see you there next year.
Also it was a pleasure to share the stage with
Van Morrison and Little Steve Van Zandt at the Peer festival in Belgium.

Most of the CD’s have sold out on our online shop.
We will be restocking in the next few weeks.
Look forward to seeing you along the way.

News Letter.
2018 will see some changes within Band of Friends.

Gerry, Ted and Marcel will still be rocking somewhere close to you but will also be working with some different musicians and Brendan O'Neill will be coming on board for some shows.

As you may know, Brendan played with Rory for 10 years 1981 – 1991 and will be replacing Ted for a few shows, while Ted is on tour with Michael Schenker Fest. 

Marcel will also be doing some shows, with the Marcel Scherpenzeel band.

Also, we are happy to announce that Gerry and Ted will hook up with Davy Knowles for some shows. Gerry met Davy, a fan of Rory's music and a great guitarist, a long time back while gigging on The Isle of Man, Davy's birth place.

Band of Friends with Gerry, Ted and Davy will be touring the USA through Nov/Dec 2018.
Once again keep an eye on the web site (
Tour dates).

USA Tour April 2018.
Band of Friends with Gerry, Ted & Davy will be touring the USA through April 2018.


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