A campaign to raise money for a statue honouring the late Irish blues-rocker Gary Moore will be launched with a memorial show in April in his home town of Belfast. The Belfast Telegraph reports that fans are set to start a fundraising campaign, focused on a multi-artist concert at the city’s Empire Music Hall on 12 April.
The Gig For Gary show will feature a number of artists with connections to, or inspiration by, Moore, who died in 2011 at the age of 58. It will open with a set by Sam Davidson’s Taste, the tribute band to another favourite son of Irish guitar rock, Rory Gallagher and his early band Taste. Northern Irish musician Davidson has taken over the leadership of the tribute act from John Wilson, and they will play tracks by both late heroes. Gary often quoted Rory as one of his favourite artists.
The Patricia Moore Band feature Gary’s youngest sister, in a line-up including bassist Jerome Rimson (ex-Van Morrison, Philip Lynott, Automatic Man, Aretha Franklin, Freddie Mercury, Bee Gees and more), drummer Jimmy Howlett and Dublin guitarist Gerry Quigley. They’ll play Gary’s songs, some other blues staples and some of his sister’s originals.
Also appearing at Gig For Gary will be the Eric Bell trio, fronted by the founding guitarist of Thin Lizzy, who had Moore as a member for two spells, firstly after Bell’s departure. He will also play songs for Moore and his own originals, as well as Thin Lizzy material as part of the band’s Thin Lizzy 50th anniversary tour.
Also featured will be Gerry Quigley and the Durty Blues Band, with their own progressive blues rock instrumentals inspired by Moore and by Bell, who was Quigley’s childhood guitar teacher Eric Bell.
Organisers of the April concert say: “The show will finish with an epic blues jam with all musicians on stage! It’s going to be a very special night. Tickets will be on sale very soon from Ticketmaster. Stay tuned!” More information is available at the dedicated website.
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