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Headliners revealed for Rory Gallagher birthday 29.02.12

THE HEADLINE acts for this year's Rory Gallagher International Festival will be unveiled this Friday on what would have been the rock n’ blues legend's 64th birthday.
The festival will take place in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, from Thursday, May 31 to Sunday, June 3, 2012.
Organisers have hinted that “it will be the best line-up in the 11 years of the festival".
Festival chairperson Barry O’Neill said:“We are excited by the calibre of acts that we are finalising in advance of Friday’s announcement.
"I can assure Rory Gallagher fans and music followers that this line-up of acts will pay homage to the G-man and many of them have played through the great Gallagher years, have played the same stages and indeed are household names in their own right."
The rumour mill has been going into overdrive on social media networks over the last fortnight, with fans and music followers suggesting and attempting to chance a guess as to who the headline acts might be. However the organisers are keeping their secret close to the hearts and will reveal all, by way of a birthday present to Rory this Friday. The guitar legend died almost 17 years ago in June 1995.
Johnny Gallagher performing at the Rory Gallagher statue in Ballyshannon.
Over 12,000 rock, blues and Rory fans converged on Ballyshannon for last year’s 4-day tribute and it’s expected that similar numbers will attend this year. The Big Top will make a first ever appearance at the festival, and it will play host to the headline acts on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of June.
Among the acts already announced are renowned UK Blues Guitarist – Larry Miller and his band, the legendary Mama’s Boy’s Guitarist – Pat McManus and his band, Dutch Band Laundromat who make a welcomed return to Ballyshannon after seven years, the crowd favourites Sinnerboy and Shinkicker, while there is a debut for Glasgow band Against the Grain. No Rory Gallagher Festival would be complete without local legends Johnny Gallagher & Boxtie, Moonchild and The Skins.
The Rory Gallagher Festival website has all the details for the four-day festival. The event was recently named the Best Irish Festival for attendances between 10,000 and 30,000 visitors at the Irish Festival Awards.
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