Johnny Gallagher & The Boxtie Band
Friday 8th of July 2016
Widely Acknowledged as one of the finest guitar players in Ireland & the UK, Johnny Gallagher is first and foremost an explosive live entertainer. He has scorched his way through Festivals, Clubs & Venues all over Europe and is held in awe by musicians
and fans alike in his native Ireland. His live shows with the powerful Boxtie Band feature through his own original material interspersed with stunning personal cover versions from Hendrix, Lynrd Skynyrd, Peter Green. Though privately quiet and unassuming, Johnny oozes charisma and excitement on stage with that indefinable and much sought after “larger than life” presence. He can change from “full on” aggressive rock to “quieter” moments of more tender, introspective music, and in the course of a set he shows his wizardry on both electric and acoustic guitars.
To top it all, Johnny possesses a truly unique and expressive voice which show cases his songs with the dynamics to swoop from a scream to a whisper. His music has been described in London’s Time Out Magazine as a “magical fusion of country, Jazz, Blues, a little Roadhouse Rock and some loud “Rock n’Roll”.
James Gallagher Bass. Pauric Gallagher Piano / Organ. Sean O Reilly, Drums.
James & Pauric Gallagher…. The twins, and brothers of Johnny, have been in the band from day one. Having toured all over Europe for years with Johnny. They are essentially the backbone of the Boxtie Band, they instinctively understand Johnny’s music and always know exactly what and where to play in complementing Johnny’s lead playing. James plays a solid consistent Bass throb, always powerful and never too busy. Pauric switches between his unorthodox organ style and boogie style piano.
Sean has consistent grooves and express’s great technique.
« I really know where its at with Pauric James & Sean, we have a force that doesn’t appear out of nowhere, Its like an ageing process that takes hard work and time, We sometimes Rock and we sometimes Roll, but thats the magic thing, we can make it
different, with James and Seans combined rhythm section, Pauric has the freedom to lay down his organ swells and to make it all Boogie-Woogie … This gives me the scope for improvisation, my own playground having loads of fun, with my band and with the
audience, And for me that’s what its truly all about. »