From 1980 Dave Fanning talks to Rory Gallagher about his new album Top Priority, and his early days before 'Taste'.

Your influences in the beginning were in blues and rock, so why did you play in a showband?

Gallagher explains that he joined a showband which was known as 'The Impact Showband' and also know as 'The Fontana Showband'. Being in the showband meant he got play live regularly as a young 14-15 year old. 

A couple of years in a showband didn't really offend me. But eventually it just got too frustrating and I wanted to do the real thing.

Guitarist Rory Gallagher was born in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal in 1948 and grew up in Cork. He died in 1995.

This episode of 'The Rock Show' was broadcast on 2 April 1980.

Rory Gallagher (1982)
Rory Gallagher (1982)