Rory & The Island

Welcome to the official website of Rory & The Island. 

Rory Gallagher, Lanzarote based Donegal singer-songwriter.

Formerly of The Revs, co-owner and resident musician in the Island Bar, Old Town, Puerto Del Carmen. 

Rory & the Island Dublin Show

Sep 10, 2014

Rory & the Island announces return to Dublin


Rory & the Island returns to Dublin on Saturday 11th October 2014 to perform live at the Village on Wexford Street. The gig has been announced due to public demand following his recent sold out Dublin show in April.


The singer-songwriter has had an eventful two years, picking up well over 1 million hits on YouTube after the release of the Donegal anthem ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches & opening his own live music venue in Lanzarote with his wife Cara. The Island Bar has quickly become known as the number one music bar on the island, receiving the much sought after five star badge on Trip Advisor after just one year in business.


Rory, former front man of Donegal indie/pop/rock trio the Revs, moved to Lanzarote in 2006 following the demise of the band. Since then he has sold in excess of 10, 000 solo albums, notched up over eight top 20 singles and seen some of his songs recorded by artists like Sharon Shannon, Finbar Furey and Wallis Bird.


Gallagher has gone from being a minor pop celebrity in Ireland back in 2002 to becoming a cult artist, slowly carving out an amazing career for himself by flying under the radar while building a genuine following at the same time.


Tickets for Rory & the Island live @ the Village are available from Ticketmaster & now

‘Dumb Celebrity’ Tour

Feb 19, 2013


Rory & the Island returns to the UK during the first week of March for a string of six dates.


The ‘Dumb Celebrity’ UK Tour dates are as follows:


01/03: London: Camden Barfly

02/03: Manchester: the Attic

03/03: Brighton: the Brunswick

04/03: Bristol: Mr Wolfs

05/03:  Bristol: the Croft

06/03: High Wycombe: Scorpios




For more information:


Irish Tour Dates Confirmed

Oct 10, 2012

Rory & the Island’s November Irish tour dates are as follows:


Saturday 10th November, 2012
the Balor Theatre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal
8pm / €8


Sunday 11th November, 2012
the Green Room, Voodoo, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
8pm / €8


Monday 12th November, 2012
the Derry City Social Club, Derry


Wednesday 14th November, 2012
Shenanigan’s, Sligo


Friday 16th November, 2012
the Workman’s Club, Dublin
8pm / €7 (Tix available on


Sunday 18th November, 2012
Crane Lane Theatre, Cork
Time TBC


Monday 19th November, 2012
DCU @ NuBar, Dublin


Tuesday 20th November, 2012
NUIM @ YOURCLUBHOUSE, Maynooth, Kildare


For more info keep an eye on the website and on Facebook.

‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’

Aug 14, 2012

The online sensation ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ by Rory & the Island has now exceeded 70, 000 views on YouTube in just five days. 


The song, a tribute to Jim McGuinness and Donegal 2012 ahead of their All Ireland clash with Cork in the semi final, is a re-working of the original Rory & the Island song ‘Jimmy Selling Watches’.


Check out the video featuring ‘Jimmy Barry Murphy ‘ from Senegal below. The video was shot on Playa Chica in Lanzarote last week. 



You can also check out the video for the original ‘Jimmy Selling Watches’ here:


Rory & the Island store Now open

Jun 7, 2012


The Rory and the Island online store is now open!


Here you can purchase the brand new album ‘Auntie Depressant & Uncle Hope’.

Check out this picture taken last week when Rory, Ronnie Whelan and Sharon Shannon visited the TV3 studios to promote the single ‘Boys in Green 2012′.


Sharon Shannon, Ronnie Whelan, Rory


Boys in Green 2012

Apr 18, 2012
This week RORY & THE ISLAND shot straight in at number 5 in the Irish iTunes Rock Charts with the “Boys in Green” anthem for the Irish soccer team for the Euro 2012 competition. 
“Boys in Green” is available from iTunes HERE
The track was a spur of the moment bit of fun performed with Sharon Shannon a few months earlier and was released for the “Myasthenia Gravis Charity” backed by former Irish Football Legend Ronnie Whelan.
Check out the video for “Boys in Green” here:

Competition to find Rory And The Island’s New Album Cover

Jan 12, 2012

Rory and the Island need a child’s drawing for the cover of the new album “Auntie Depressant and Uncle Hope” … Rory said “i want it to be a drawing of a Man and a Woman on a beach holding hands, a sun in the top corner etc …the more child-like the better! (prob look best using Crayons) . E-mail me a JPEG or something similar. A nice little prize involved for the winner” .. or you can upload entries to

 Here’s one sent in by Marian

Ballad of Mad Dog Coll

Nov 8, 2011

Ballad of Mad Dog Coll

A rough recording of the Ballad of Mad Dog Coll shot at the Craic n’ Ceol in Lanzarote with Sharon Hussey on Fiddle.


Rory and the Island to play Charity Gig ..

Oct 14, 2011

Rory and the Island to play Charity Gig to raise funds for Clic Sargent, the hospice that took care of Aidan Duffy who lost his battle against cancer aged 5…Tonight (8.30pm)