All Granary fans were saddened to hear of the death of guitar maestro Gary Moore. One of Gary’s first gigs in in England was at the Granary as the front man for Irish band Skid Row. Here’s the page from Al’s Granary desk top diary where he kept details of all the Granary bookings which shows the third Skid Row date in May 1971 and, a few weeks later, the booking of Skid Row’s stable mates Thin Lizzie (they changed the “ie” ending to a “y” before the release of their first English record ( NEW DAY EP for which Plastic Dog partner Rodney Matthews did the cover).

gran029 We were so impressed by the musicianship of this 16 year old guitarist the we re-booked Skid Row immediately and put them on the front cover of our Granary Dogpress magazine for May 1971.

dogpress29may71Skid Row played six times at the club and Gary always stayed over at our flat in Clifton and wow did he like to party! Full stories on pages 35 and 50 of the Granary Book. Gary also did three gigs at the Granary with his Gary Moore Band. Al did ask Gary to write the foreword for the Granary book but he was unable to meet the publishing date.

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