Muddy Waters

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Rory Gallagher died on June 14th, 1995 at the age of 47, as a result of complications following a liver transplant. Photograph: Fin Costello/Redferns

Rory Gallagher was a pioneer who paved the way for other Irish musicians as few in the UK could conceive of an Irish rock outfit when he and Taste beg(...)

 Singer Ottilie Patterson performs on stage in 1965. Photograph: David Redfern/Redferns

It’s a little known fact that one of Ireland’s first blues and jazz singers was the Hiberno-Latvian singer Otillie Patterson. A native of Comber, Co D(...)

Sonny Boy Williamson: As well as having a voice that was sly, dark and world-weary he could also play the harmonica better than anyone else. Photograph: Val Wilmer/Cache Agency

At almost seven foot tall, Sonny Boy Williamson cut an impressive figure whenever he rolled into town. He made no bones about hiding his hard liquor h(...)