Richard Kelly's meeting with Rory at the Colonial Tavern in Toronto 3/24/73
In 1973, I met Rory Gallagher in Toronto, he was performing at the
Colonial Tavern on Yonge Sstreet. I was drumming in the Trend Showband
from Ireland and happened to be performing at the Maple Leaf Ballroom
in Toronto around the same time.
few friends who knew Gerry mc Avoy invited me to come along and catch a
few shows at the Colonial. When I was introduced to Rory and told him
that I was playing with the Trend Showband he gave me a copy of the
Blueprint album and suggested that the track If I Had a Reason would be a good one for us to record with his blessings. Unfortunately the band outvoted me and we never did record it.
I also discovered
that week that his brother Donald and I were in the same class in
Derry. I also know that Rory's father, Dan was a musician in Derry and
played in my dad's ceili band . Like one of your other stories about
that week in the Colonial Tavern in Toronto, Rory packed the place and
the atmosphere was electric! Rory was a gentleman, a humble spirit who
attained greatness. It was an honour to have spent some time in
his company. ( see http://www.roryon.com/colonial30.html )
Thinking back to
the Colonial, Rory invited me to come with him to meet the great
Canadian legend Gordon Lightfoot who was playing Massey Hall, so at the
intermission we all headed over a couple of blocks, but when we arrived
I told Rory that I wasn't in the same league and I waited outside the
dressing room. Rory thought I was nuts! Good memories.
Richard Kelly. http://www.iangallagher.com/trendshowband.html