Rory Gallagher

This programme, televised on BBC One NI ONLY on 3 June, to which Brian May contributed interview footage, has now landed on BBC iPlayer and Sky TV Catch Up, and should be available to many more readers here.
Go to Catch Up / BBC / Channels / Today, 10.30PM on 09/06 (Tonight) listed as >AVAILABLE.
Even if your TV not listing as BBC One NI, you can downwload from the Catch-Up.
Or view on BBC iPlayer HERE:


Here’s a little more information in a reply to us on Facebook from
Colm Hughes 9 June 16:05
…the programme was also shown on an Irish TV station called RTE. RTE have an online streaming service called RTE Player. While much of the content is geo-locked and only available in Ireland, some of it is available internationally. You could try and see if you can view it that way.

The Rory Gallagher Story
BBC One NI [Channel 101]
A look at the life and career of the original Irish guitar hero, Rory Gallagher
Date 05 June 2024
11 mnts left to watch
57 minutes

Rory Gallagher was the original Irish guitar hero, whose artistry with a battered ’61 Stratocaster became the stuff of legend. Bob Dylan and Muddy Waters admired him, the Rolling Stones tried to hire him – and his fans worshipped him. Clad in faded denim and a checked shirt, he sold 30 million records and became a charismatic icon of Irish music, inspiring musicians such as Brian May, The Edge, Slash and Johnny Marr.

But away from the stage, Rory was an intensely private man. His closest confidante was his brother Dónal who accompanied Rory on his rise from their childhood Everly Brothers stage performances and the showband scene across the north and south of the Irish border, through to the deafening heart of the ‘70s rock scene in London – and far beyond. From playing bomb-shattered Belfast at the height of the Troubles to touring across America with everyone from Blind Faith to KISS, Dónal was at Rory’s side to witness his greatest triumphs and, after all too brief a span of years, his decline into illness and a tragically early death.

Now, Dónal has agreed to delve into his formidable archive and, along with insights from Rory’s friends and admirers, this film takes us on a musical journey through the life and career of this shy guitar hero to better understand what made him so great.

Featuring rare, never-before-seen archive and interviews with Rory’s closest friends and family alongside musical legends including Johnny Marr, Brian May and Bob Geldof, this is the definitive portrait of one of the greatest musicians ever to emerge from Ireland.