Donegal singer/songwriter Rory Gallagher, who has been releasing and producing his own music since 2011 under the project name Rory and the Island has had quite the 2 years since the global pandemic began. After moving his family to Edinburgh in Scotland to open a brand new live music bar in the city called “The Wildcat” in March 2020, the venue never saw its official opening night due to Covid19 and Rory Gallagher found himself locked down in a new city and very lost.
Like most musicians during lockdown Rory and the Island began live Facebook gigs every week and opted for “escapism” in his shows making them very colorful, upbeat and quirky as opposed to holding a mirror up to the depressing situation. Rory and the Island gradually built up 30,000 facebook followers with some of his shows averaging up to 50k views on FB watch playback during the week during the Spring.
As he has done all of his life, Rory and the Island decided to keep playing original music in among all the requests he was getting from the public, and two of his new songs “When the Lights go Down” and “Miss This” both then charted at Number 1 on iTunes Ireland in 2021. This huge outpouring of new interest has led to Rory and the Island having 7 sold out shows coming up in Ireland and the UK, with his Dublin and London shows selling out in less than 48 hours.
Most people will know Rory for his quirky GAA reggae hit “Jimmy’s Winning Matches” which went to no. 1 in September 2012 and possibly also from holidays to the tiny sunshine island of Lanzarote where Rory and his wife Cara owned “The island bar” a very highly acclaimed live music bar in the Canary islands from 2013 to 2018.
Rory Gallagher was previously the lead singer and bass player with Donegal indie-Pop Punk trio The Revs – 20 years ago in the summer of 2001 The Revs had a huge hit with their debut single “Wired to the Moon” which stayed in the Irish charts for 9 weeks and led to the band winning best newcomer at the Meteor and Hot Press awards in Dublin and saw the band go on to sell over 20,000 albums and play Slane Castle, Oxygen and the Reading and Leeds festivals in England.
This will be Rory’s first gig back in his native county Donegal in almost 3 years.