THE BIG STORY: Rory Gallagher - the Lee Delta Bluesman

October 5th, 2021 7:37 AM

By Southern Star Team

Episode five of The Big Story focuses on Rory Gallagher's journey in music and his West Cork connection

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Though born in Ballyshannon in Donegal, it was the rebel county of Cork where legendary Irish musician William Rory Gallagher grew up and first made his name.

Throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s, this soft spoken, perfectionist, rock star dominated the Irish music scene thanks to his generational musical ability and unwavering dedication to his craft.

But what was it about Rory that drove him to become the guitarist & musician he eventually became? What made Rory Gallagher so special?

Music clips courtesy of Strange Music Ltd

2021 also marks 50 years since the release of Gallagher's debut solo album, the self-titled 'Rory Gallagher'. A special 50th anniversary edition of the album is available now via


Rory Gallagher - the Lee Delta Bluesman is the fifth episode of a new digital series from The Southern Star.

The Big Story, which is exclusive to The Southern Star’s digital platforms, brings readers closer to West Cork’s most important topics.

Episode five is written and produced by Southern Star creative manager Niall O'Driscoll and Southern Star digital manager Jack McCarron.

The Big Story is available on, Youtube and all the major podcasting platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Episode one, Macroom: Choked by traffic is available here, episode two, Bringing Back the Tourists is available here, episode three, Inside Ireland's Greatest Rowing Club is available here. and episode four, Wellness in West Cork is available here.

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