Rory Gallagher’s guitars in exhibition, Dublin

The ‘RockChic
exhibition in Dublin will feature 32 of Rory’s guitars and also a few of his amps, as part of a quite outstanding guitar exhibition sub-titled ‘The Life And Times Of The Electric Guitar 1931 – 2006’.

The exhibition runs from November 24th 2006 to January 21st 2007 and is planned to move to Harrods, Knightsbridge, after Dublin to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Way-In department, which Rory and Taste played the launch gig for in ’67.

The venue is The National Museum Of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7. Admission is free.

I’d love to go to this – one of my kids is named for Rory

The Guitar Loft, Durham

I called in here today, and met Dave, the boss. He was very friendly and was keen for me to try lots of different guitars. I especially liked a white Squeir Strat from the 80’s as well as a couple of acoustics – this very nice Yamaha:
felt very comfortable and sounded great and there was a lovely Taylor too – the first I’ve played. Most of the guitars are secondhand and they also have some very nice guitar amps too – a Fender Twin Reverb looked nice, but they are very heavy! There’s a good selection of electrics – several Fender strats, and basses too. I’ll certainly be calling back to keep an eye on what they’ve got. There are 2 other guitar shops in Durham, but the friendly reception I got here today had a positive effect on me.

Why do I do this?

As Jack Kerouac once said “All is vanity”. And so it is with this place too. I’ll probably never be a paid, published writer. It’s too late, I guess, for that elusive recording contract. And The Dead have plenty of choice for their guitar chair.

But I like to think that I have something to offer you good people who visit here. I know that if I was out there surfing around and I found a site like this one, I’d certainly bookmark it, subscribe to the RSS feed and maybe even make it my home page. And I’m sure that there are quite a few of you folks out there with similar interests to me. You also seem to appreciate my particular slant on things and my way of writing.

I have a little Site Meter running (logo over there -> somewhere) and when I need to boost my ego I take a look at my stats to find out how many folks have been here, how long they stayed, etc. I’m interested too in what brought people here – searches from Google, their bloglines subscriptions, or following a link from my email signature. My average daily number of visitors, until last week, was 32. Not a great deal, obviously – but I remember when I used to be grateful when I got into double figures! And although there are a few Google Ads up there, it’ll be about three years before I trigger the payment threshold!

But for some reason my visitor stats for last week got messed up. They told me that I had had no visitors for 5 consecutive days. Now I know that this wasn’t the case and I also know that, in the big scheme of things, this is no big deal – but I was a little upset too. I don’t know yet if the stats can be fixed (awaiting a response to my email).

So, I’d just like to say thanks for coming, whoever you are and however you got here. If this is your first time here, I hope you found what you were looking for – let me know via the comments. Use the comments too to let me know if you didn’t find what you wanted. If you are a regular visitor or have me on your blogroll, thanks for adding me to the list of sites you return to. Let me know why you keep coming back here when I know you have got much much better things to do with your time!

There used to be a sign that I saw all over the place in shops and restaurants. I used to think it was really corny, but I’m not too sure now. Here goes:

“If you like what we do, please tell others. If you don’t like what we do, please tell us”

I hope you will.