RORY & THE ISLAND
Date: 29th June
"Rory and the island" is the project name used by Donegal singer-songwriter Rory Gallagher since 2009.
From 2000 to 2007 Rory was the frontman of the indie-pop-punk trio "The Revs" who had two top 5 Irish albums in and picked up best New-comers at the Meteor and Hotpress awards in 2002 raising a few industry eyebrows by beating the likes of BellX1, Relish and Damien Rice.
However, despite being hyped up by the likes of Bono, it was never to be for the Revs and they disbanded in early 2007.
Rory moved to Lanzarote to get away from it all and soon started gigging again, from scratch. Rip it up and start again.
Rory decided to stop using his birthname Rory Gallagher as it led to a lot of old rockers showing up expecting a tribute act! Rory and the island slowly built up a cult live following and Rory started releasing original music again with 7 songs breaking through to the Irish iTunes top 20 including collaborations with Sharon Shannon and Shane McGowan.
In 2012 Rory had a breakthrough top 10 hit with a very strange GAA reggae tune called "Jimmy’s Winning Matches", reaching number 9 in October of that year.
Rory set up "the island bar" in Lanzarote with his wife Cara and it went on to become the most successful live music bar in the Canary Islands for 5 years.
Rory sold up in 2018 and moved back to Ireland and is now releasing new music and touring again with the very talented Sean Magee on violin.