Irish music is in the Flowerpot spotlight

There will be a celebration of the music of Rory Gallagher when Gerry Mcavoy’s Band Of Friends put in an appearance at The Flowerpot in Derby on Friday, March 15.

As part of the venue’s St Patrick’s weekend events, this is an evening dedicated to one of Ireland’s most famous, popular and most celebrated performers.

It will be presented by a band of musicians who knew him personally.

The Band Of Friends is not a tribute to Rory, more of a celebration of his life and music.

Rory Gallagher’s music reached a massive audience, covering all parts of the globe and producing some of the greatest rock/blues albums to be heard during the 60s, 70s and the 80s.

Gerry McAvoy (bass guitar) played with Rory Gallagher for 20 years, and because of this has a great insight into the man and his music.

Gerry played on every album that Rory Gallagher ever made.

Ted McKenna (drums) best known for his work with The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, has played with a series of outstanding musicians.

These include Rory Gallagher, Greg Lake (ELP), Gary Moore, Michael Schenker, not to mention Ian Gillan (Deep Purple).

Marcel Scherpenzeel (guitar/vocals) grew up with Rory’s music and Gerry McAvoy is quoted as saying “this is the closest guitarist to Rory you will ever hear.”

Then, on Saturday, March 16, there’s the welcome return of Limehouse Lizzy, with their tribute to the music of Phillip Lynott and Thin Lizzy.

One of the most in-demand tribute bands to play at The Flowerpot, Limehouse Lizzy are armed with some of the most evocative and powerful tracks ever to have taken their place as part of rock history.

They are an outstanding outfit who perform a stirring and detailed tribute to the late great Phillip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy.

The band is fronted by the talented and uncanny Lynott lookalike Wayne Ellis, who sings perfect renditions of Lizzy classics, recreating that distinctive Lynott vocal style with breathtaking accuracy.

Extensive touring in the UK and abroad has earned Limehouse Lizzy a fiercely loyal fanbase.

Advance tickets are available for what will be a massively popular gig.

Finally, on Wednesday, March 20, there’s the latest in the free Acoustic Wednesdays sessions in the bar.

This one features a performance by Robin Auld with some rock and blues tracks.

Doors open for all gigs at 8pm.

Admission is £15 for Gerry McAvoy’s Band Of Friends, £12 for Limehouse Lizzy and it’s free for Robin Auld’s acoustic gig.

Advance tickets are available from The Flowerpot and RAW Promotions, as well as online at or by calling 01332 834438.