- 20 Mar 01
LIAM FAY remembers Rory the superb raconteur with a dry wit
ONE OF the qualities about Rory Gallagher which may have been overlooked in many of the tributes is that he was an incredibly amusing guy. He was a superb anecdotalist, with a great eye for telling detail and a bone dry wit.
I interviewed Rory three years ago in London. It was clear that he wasn't very well at that time. We spent much of our encounter discussing his state of well-being, both physical and mental, and it soon became obvious that he was not a man without deep regrets. Still, as the hours passed by and the reminiscences began to flow, his mood brightened considerably.
What follows is a story which Rory related that afternoon with considerable relish. He was anything but a name-dropper. Indeed one would need a very large crowbar to prise any recollection from him that was not essentially self deprecating. Nevertheless there was something about this specific yarn which seemed to tickle him mightily.