The Gary Moore Exhibition
Oh Yeah Music Centre, 15-21 Gordon Street, Belfast
Gary Moore was an exceptional guitarist, songwriter and performer. His solo records are internationally admired, likewise his work with the likes of Thin Lizzy, Skid Row, The Traveling Wilburys, BB King and George Harrison.
Gary was born in Belfast on April 4, 1952. Sadly, he passed away on February 6, 2011. To mark what would have been his 60th birthday, the family of Gary Moore is helping with a unique exhibition of his personal effects. This will be launched at the Oh Yeah music centre in Belfast on April 4, at 6pm.
The exhibition includes:
Gary’s Black ‘quilted’ Gibson Les Paul guitar
A suit, shirt and shoes, specially commissioned by the tailor Gresham Blake for an Amnesty International event.
A series of gold albums, framed magazine covers, signed photos, tour passes, posters and flyers.
A brass plaque to mark a sold out Hammersmith Odeon show, in 2001
A mounted brick from the Martime Hotel, Belfast, presented by the Belfast Blues Society to Gary.
Plus many more effects. This is the first of a series of events that will mark the legendary achievements of Gary Moore.
Oh Yeah Music Centre, 15-21 Gordon Street, Belfast
Weekdays: 9am to 5pm
Weekends: 1am to 5pm
Some follow up media stories:
Guitarist Magazine, February 2016, Edition
To help mark the 5th anniversary of Gary's untimely passing, the latest edition of Guitarist magazine, features on the cover, Gary's 1959 Les Paul Standard, the one used to record and perform "Still got the Blues." Inside the magazine you can find a "lost" interview with Gary from the time of the "Blues for Greeny" album release, a run down of various items of Gary's equipment, a selection of which is planned to go under the hammer later this year, and a collection of stunning photographs of the 1959 Les Paul and the various items that feature in the article. Footage of some of the items being played can be found here
A copy of the magazine can be ordered by clicking on the picture of the cover, below.
Vintage Guitar Readers Induct Gary Moore to Hall of Fame
Vintage Guitar magazine, which is celebrating 30 years of publication, has announced inductees to its Hall of Fame, including the late Gary Moore in the Player category. Inductees, as well as winners of this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards, are featured in the magazine’s April issue, available now.
A definitively “unsung hero,” Moore’s career was reflected in virtuosity, diversity, and an uncom- promising body of work. Moore was versed in the areas of blues-rock, power pop, heavy metal, and even jazz-rock fusion, and further separated himself via improvisations with exotic note choices, fluid pas- sagework, textures, and melodic patterns. Influenced by everyone from Frank Zappa to Ollie Halsall to Albert King, he was a flashy lead player as well as a powerful, supportive rhythm player who kept mod- ern blues in the forefront like nobody since Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Other Readers’ Choice winners include Joe Satriani as Artist of the Year, B.B. King as Blues
Player of the Year, Warren Haynes for Rock Player, Brad Paisley for Country Player, and Al Di Meola as Jazz Player, Jeff Beck, Live+ was honored as Album of the Year, while David Gilmour was also inducted to the magazine’s Hall of Fame in the Player category, alongside National founder George Beauchamp as Innovator and the Fender Champ amplifier as Instrument. Win- ners in all categories are determined by a vote of the magazine’s readership.
For more information on Vintage Guitar, the Readers’ Choice Awards, the magazine’s subscriptions (print and digital), and e-newsletters, visit VintageGuitar.com.
Known for his fierce, take-no-prisoners virtuosic guitar playing that encompassed every style from jazz-fusion and progressive rock to heavy metal and blues, Irish guitarist Gary Moore set the world afire every time he took the stage or entered a studio.
Since 1987, when he first joined Fender’s production line, Custom Shop Master Builder John Cruz has dreamed of creating a reproduction of the 1961 Fiesta Red Stratocaster Moore, his favourite guitarist, favoured in the ’80s, as “the ultimate tribute to the man and his fans.” When he was offered the chance to analyse Moore’s original instrument and create this peerless reproduction, he enthusiastically obliged. Cruz experimented endlessly with the notoriously variable Fiesta Red colour, matching the precise shade on Moore’s guitar, and lovingly reproduced every hard-won battle scar on the guitar.
Moore’s instrument was close to “stock,” including the original-spec low-output pickups and traditional 3-way pickup switch. The only modifications were the addition of copper shielding in the cavity and jumbo frets. Cruz’ masterful replica accurately reflects these modifications—even going so far as incorporating a 10”-radius rosewood fingerboard that reflects the original after many years of hard play and multiple re-frets. The pickups are Cruz’ own “Bonetone” design, hand wound by Josefina Campos, and packed full of soulful, authentic Fender tone.
Learn Moore: Here