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Gerry McAvoy (born John Gerrard McAvoy, 19 December 1951, in Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland) played bass guitar for Rory Gallagher between 1971 and 1991.

He began his musical career in the Belfast band Deep Joy. During his tenure with Deep Joy he first played with drummer Brendan O’Neill, who was later to tour with Rory Gallagher and appear on Gallagher’s final album Fresh Evidence.

2006 saw the publication of his biography Riding Shotgun - 35 years on the road with Rory Gallagher and Nine Below Zero. He is known for playing a very solid bassline although he has demonstrated the ability to play more complex notes and rhythms, which can be heard on his work with Nine Below Zero, with whom he works to date.

McAvoy began listening to blues records at an early age. As well as rock and roll, his main influences include Muddy Waters, Paul McCartney and Jet Harris. In his autobiography he cites his brother-in-law (of the same name) as an influence on much of his musical taste. He mostly plays Fender bass guitars, particularly Precisions, owning a 1955 cream Precision and a 1975 cream Precision. However his main stage bass guitar is the black Musicman. He also owns a black Silvertone bass.

For amplification, he uses a Trace Elliot V6 amplifier and a 4 X 10 speaker cabinet, a Peavey T1-15 and a Marshall bass 30W.

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