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Rory Gallagher at the Mountain Dew Festival

Fascinating German documentary about the guitar slinger’s big day out in Macroom in 1978

Rory Gallagher

Wed, Jul 30, 2014, 09:19


I spent a chunk of the weekend in the wilds beyond Macroom at the Mountain Dew Festival, “the little festival in the countryside” which readers may remember reading about here before. It was an opportunity to watch some great acts in action (especially Talos, Conor Walsh, Daniel Martin Moore, Joan Shelley and the Deep South Soul Sound System) and host a Banter Sunday Brunch Summit review show, in which we read the Sunday newspapers and talked about stuff.

There used to be another much different Mountain Dew festival in the town in the late 1970s/early 1980s which attracted acts like Rory Gallagher, The Undertones, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders and Paul Brady (though it didn’t attract Idi Amin – there’s a great urban myth that the organisers invited the Ugandan dictator to Co Cork in 1977).

Looking around online yesterday, I came across this documentary about the day Rory came to Macroom in 1978 which was originally broadcast by Sender Freies Berlin. Some of the footage – especially Rory rocking up to the stage in a car with his guitar around his neck and the interviews with the audience – is quite brilliant so sit back and enjoy a look at what the Irish festival scene looked like over 35 years ago.