Mike Gallagher is a 24-year-old guitarist from Philadelphia whose demo cassette contains three tracks of highly technical rock guitar similar to Paul Gilbert's and Joey Tafolla's work with the Shrapnel Records label in the late '80s. All three tracks are up-tempo, high-powered originals and feature swift, precisely-picked passages and an smorgasbord of modern techniques. Clearly, Gallagher has mastered the technical aspects of his instrument and is poised to take his songwriting to the next level with a drummer and bassist who can match his guitar playing note for note.
Mike was originally influenced, as many other young guitarists, by the fiery electric guitar work of Edward Van Halen. He later became interested in the music of instrumental guitarists such as Joe Satriani, Greg Howe and George Lynch, among others. Gallagher attended the Berklee College of Music from 1991 to 1992 while also playing in various original and cover bands in the Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Los Angeles and New Jersey area. He currently teaches guitar at the Napoli Guitar School in Havertown, Pennsylvania, where he has been an instructor for 4 years.
In the future, Gallagher intends to continue to play and write music in the instrumental hard rock vein with the hope of generating record label interest. Another option Gallagher has is to find a hard rock band of musicians who, like himself, are not afraid to challenge the musical trends of today.
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