DAVENPORT, Iowa—He’s opened for B.B. King, the Oakridge Boys and Three Dog Night. On Friday, Oct. 25, Quad-City native "Red" (Denny) Gallagher will perform on the St. Ambrose University campus. The Red Gallagher and the Redbird Duo Benefit Concert will take place at 7 p.m. in the Rogalski Center, and will also feature Lorraine Gallagher. Special musical guests include Pat Frese, Rev. Brian Miclot, SAU professor of philosophy, and Sheila Deluhery, director of faith formation, who will reunite with Gallagher as "Sheila and the Four of a Kind," the name of their 60s-era folk band. The concert is a fundraiser for the SAU Student Emergency Fund, with a suggested donation of $10 per person and $20 per family. A social hour will follow.
Gallagher grew up in Davenport and developed his musical talents as a student at Assumption High School. During the mid- to late-60s, Gallagher played professionally at the Downtowner Motor Inn and The Ruxton Inn. Pursuing a musical career in Minneapolis, Minn., Gallagher returned to the Quad Cities to play regularly at Tortilla Flats, Moline, Just Plain Sam's in Davenport's East Village, and at local colleges.
His third album (and first CD)—“White Man's Blues”—was recorded at Attica Studios, Rock Island. The CD included an original hit song, “Northwoods Man,” which received significant airplay in the Quad Cities and led to Gallagher's being chosen as host for the Bix Street Festival in 1993 and 1994.
Gallagher, who now resides in New Hampshire, has just release his sixth album, “Treasures from the Closet,” with his wife, Lorraine, as The Redbird Duo. The music consists of covers songs by Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins and Carol King, as well as Gallagher's signature, humorous originals.
For more information, contact Sheila Deluhery at 563/333-6132.