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Musician Pat McManus To perform at annual tribute to Rory Gallagher

Northern Ireland musician Pat McManus is to perform at the Belfast City Blues Festival as part of the festival’s annual tribute to blues legend Rory Gallagher.

Pat McManus
Pat McManus

Gallagher, who made Belfast his second musical home, will be remembered by some of the country’s top musicians at the Black Box on the afternoon of Saturday June 25 at 1pm.

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This year’s tribute to Gallagher, ‘Remembering Rory’ will feature The Pat McManus Band, The Willie Byrne Band and Sam Davidson’s Taste.

McManus said he looked forward to paying his own personal tribute to Gallagher. “Over the years and all through my career, Belfast has been a city that welcomes me,” he said. “Likewise with Rory Gallagher, as the people of Belfast welcomed him in, supported his style of music and gave him room to grow musically, Rory never forgot that. He always came back to Belfast and the wider Northern Irish community even through the dark days. For me it’s still an immense pleasure to play to the people in my home land of Northern Ireland.”

Tickets for A Taste of Rory are priced at £14, excluding the booking fee, and are available from www.blackboxbelfast.com.