Largs musical legend Benny Gallagher returns for a special concert

Largs-born music legend Benny Gallagher returns to Ayrshire for two shows in October at Irvine’s Harbor Arts Centre.


After being signed to Apple Records by the Beatles as a writer in 1968, Benny rose to prominence as part of McGuinness Flint who scored a huge hit in 1970 with When I’m Dead and Gone, written by Benny and Graham Lyle. This group then scored a second top twenty with Malt and Barley Blues, another Gallagher and Lyle song.
Leaving McGuinness Flint, Gallagher and Lyle had a string of international hits themselves such as I Wanna Stay With You and Heart on my Sleeve.
Along with Graham Lyle, Benny was responsible for writing hit records for other artists such as Art Garfunkel who covered Breakaway and 70s country superstar Don Williams who had a #1 hit in the US with their song Stay Young. Simon and Garfunkel’s 1981 concert in Central Park featured Gallagher and Lyle’s composition A Heart in New York.
Benny will be accompanied at the Harbor Arts Center by Jim Prime, best known as Scottish band Deacon Blue’s most accomplished keyboardist. Jim has also performed with Altered Images, John Martyn and French superstar Johnny Hallyday.
Backing vocals will be provided by the sensational acapella group Juniper Three, who will bring their superb harmonies to Benny’s songs. Ayrshire-based musician Mick Lamont completes the line-up on bass and guitar.
Tickets for Benny’s concerts at Harbor Arts Centre, Irvine, on 7 and 8 October can be obtained from www.ticketsource.co.uk