BBC documentary on Thin Lizzy’s Gary Moore airs in Ireland
New documentary based on guitar hero’s life
“Still Got the Blues”, a new documentary based on the life of Gary Moore, has aired BBC One Northern Ireland.
Producer, Stuart Bailie originally invited the guitarist to contribute to a TV documentary he was making about Northern Ireland music.
The Thin Lizzy guitarist agreed and spoke modestly about performing with the likes of George Harrison, Bob Dylan, BB King and Fleetwood Mac.
“Other musicians we had interviewed for the programme had been less amenable, and there was diva behaviour and ego tripping at times. But not with Gary. He was blokish and funny with a George Best accent that wavered between east Belfast and Cockney barrow boy,” Bailie, told BBC Northern Ireland.
Bailie said the only time Moore alluded to the rock and roll lifestyle was when he explained what a waste of time it was.
Drugs and addiction had been the cause of death for Phil Lynott, Moore’s soul brother, and they were also the reason for his departure from the band on a number of occasions.
Moore’s father, Robert was responsible for booking bands at Queen’s Hall in Holywood, County Down. As a result he was exposed to music from a young age.
It was his passion for music that led him to Dublin as a 16-year-old and landed him a job with Skid Row. The band front man Brush Shiels was so eager to recruit the teenager that he traveled to Belfast to assure his father that he would take care of him.
The documentary comprises of a candid interview with the famed guitarist, which was shot less then five years ago in Brighton.
“He gave us over an hour of incredible stories to pick from. Like the time when he was given a beautiful Les Paul guitar from Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green,” Bailie revealed.
“Or the tale of his first meeting in Dublin with Phil Lynott, over a few dishes of Chinese food. Phil scoffed the lot of course, and that, said Gary, was the foundation of their relationship. Lynott would take your food, your girlfriends and your song writing talents, but he was still a friend.,” he added.
Other contributors to the documentary included Brush Shiels, Thin Lizzy veterans Scott Gorham and Brian Downey, from Skid Row roadie Frank Murray.
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