Gary Moores Blues Power
The multi-award winning series, BLUES POWER, is getting another outing from Sunday 4 September as a tribute to the late, great and much missed Gary Moore.
The show was originally broadcast in 2008, and that year it won a prestigious New York Radio Award.
Gary's own personal journey through the blues sees him look at different styles and different branches of the blues, and it sees him picking up his guitar and playing some of his favourite songs.
GARY MOORE'S BIOGRAPHY
Moore was born and raised in Belfast and started playing guitar at an early age, learning his trade aged 8 on a battered old acoustic. His interest in rock and roll came first through hearing Elvis Presley, and then via The Beatles. Seeing the likes of Jimi Hendrix and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in his hometown in the mid-60s opened up to him the rich world of The Blues.
Peter Green was an early blues hero of Moore's, and he took the young guitarist under his wing. Gary would later pay back the debt of gratitude with the album, Blues For Greeny - a tribute record for his former mentor.
In 1969 Moore joined the group Skid Row with Noel Bridgeman and Brendan "Brush" Shiels, producing two studio albums Skid (1970) and 34 Hours (1971) before he embarked on his long and illustrious solo career in 1973.
It was also around this time that Gary first started to work with his good friend Phil Lynott - filling in on guitar during several stints with Thin Lizzy and then later with Phil on their own respective solo records.
By the time that Gary's solo career really took off in 1979 with his second solo album, he was a well respected and much sought after guitarist.
During the 80s his star was very much in the ascendence, with several critically and commercially successful solo records which helped bring the blues back to the mainstream. He also bagged his biggest hit single in 1979, reaching the top ten in the UK charts with the classic 'Parisienne Walkways.'
Between 1979 and 1990 Gary produced a string of classic rock records, such as Back On The Streets, Run For Cover and Wild Frontier but the blues was most definitely calling, and in 1990 he produced arguably his finest record - Still Got The Blues.
The record was a masterclass in blues guitar playing, and it confirmed his place amongst the greatest guitar players of all time.
Hints of Gary's playing can be heard in the work of artists as varied as Rhandy Rhoads, Adrian Smith, Kirk Hammett and Jake E Lee - all of whom have at some point named Moore as an influence.
He released his last studio album, Bad For You Baby in 2008 but in 2010 Gary returned to "rock", and he was in the midst of recording his first proper rock record for around 20 years when he sadly died in February 2011.
Gary is still much missed in the world of rock music, and BLUES POWER is just one part of his enduring legacy - we hope you enjoy hearing it one more time.