Rory Gallagher beats U2 and Thin Lizzy to be voted Ireland’s Greatest Music Artist

Rory Gallagher
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Late blues guitar icon Rory Gallagher has been awarded the mantle as Ireland’s Greatest Music Artist following a vote hosted by Dublin-based radio station Newstalk.

Gallagher, widely considered to be one of the finest and most influential blues rock electric guitar icons, beat a slew of the country’s musical heavyweights to win the posthumous award, including Thin Lizzy and U2, who occupied second and third spots respectively.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.