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Johnny Gallagher returns to Bogan’s Bar
JOHNNY Gallagher and Boxtie band return to Next Door @ Bogan’s this Friday night having enjoyed a number of successful gigs at the town centre venue in recent months.
The Bundoran-based guitarist will be featuring songs off his latest album release alongside a selection of rock and blues standards frok artistes including Hendrix, Skynyrd and Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac.
Last year, Johnny and his band spent a day recording a selection of numbers in Ballyshannon. Five of the tracks went onto their latest CD release, ‘The Studio Sessions,’ while others are in the car and set for release this summer.
“We hope to have the new album ready for release in June,” Johnny says. “We are working away constantly in the studio in Bundoran and we are now about half way through it.”
2012 proved to be a packed year for the Bundoran bluesman. The summer saw Johnny and the band take on the European festival circuit playing alongside some of the biggest names in the business including Keb Mo, Albert Lee and ZZ Top – Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top even gave Johnny his sunglasss! On the circuit, Johnny also got the chance to play on stage for the first time with Pat McManus, of Mamas Boys – a venture the two hope to repeat in the year ahead.
The year also saw Johnny and the band play for the Irish President Michael D Higgins and his family in Áras an Uachtaráin.
“It was quite a busy year,” he says. “At the moment we’re planning the year ahead and are bound again for Europe this summer taking in gigs in France, Germany and Switzerland.
“Next week we’re off to Holland for about ten days where we are booked for a total of six gigs.
“But in the meantime we’re looking forward to getting back to Bogan’s. Omagh was always a good live music town and we’ve enjoyed some great gigs there in recent years.”
Joining him in Bogan’s this Friday night will be band members, his brothers, twins James Gallagher (bass) and Pauric (piano/organ), with Michael Christie on drums.