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Traditional Music Sessions
School of Music
Cork Opera House
The locals sure love their music! Cork is bursting at the seams with musical talent and the city's pubs, theatres and specialist live music venues are overflowing with live music acts seven nights a week.
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Without doubt the most famous musician from Cork is blues guitarist and singer Rory Gallagher who initially made his name with the trio Taste before going solo. Although never one to flirt with main stream Gallagher had the respect of the top musicians of his time. Our favourite quote about Rory is from Jimi Hendrix. When asked by a journalist what it felt like to be the greatest guitarist in the world he replied:
"I wouldn't know. Ask Rory Gallagher".
Rory Gallagher is revered on Leeside with murals and images filling bar and club walls. After his early death in 1994 the Paul Street plaza was renamed Rory Gallagher Square.