‘Gatehouse’ to focus on North Connaught music in debut performance - Roscommon Arts Centre, 30th April

This Thursday a newly formed group will take to the stage at the Roscommon Arts Centre featuring some household names.  Gatehouse are a newly formed traditional group that include musicians John Wynne (flute), John McEvoy (fiddle), Jacinta McEvoy ( guitar,concertina) and Rachel Garvey (vocals).

John Wynne and John McEvoy released a duet fiddle and flute CD in 2007 called "Pride Of The West" which was very well received. We also featured John McEvoy’s solo fiddle album in 2012 called Traditional Irish Fiddle

We had a brief word with flute player John Wynne who provided a little bit of background.

“The music will focus on the North Connaught style” he says. “We really enjoy playing together and have performed at many festivals and events over the years. In the last couple of years we thought about expanding and developing our sound so we decided to put a group together.” he says.

“We didn't look too far in that as well as myself and John we have John's wife Jacinta on guitar and concertina. We also asked a young singer fairly new to the scene who impressed us any time we heard her perform. Her name is Rachel Garvey and she is also from Roscommon. We are hoping to release a CD as soon as possible and in the meantime we are doing a few gigs to keep us sharp and focussed. “

Gatehouse are still developing their repertoire according to John. They will continue to focus primarily on the fiddle/ flute repertoire of North Connaught. “We want to play our music in the rhythm and lift of the local style. The songs are in Irish and English with a focus again on local material. We would like to showcase the compositions of local composers like Josie McDermott, Turlough O'Carolan, Larry Redican and indeed John McEvoy. We are all part timers so we would be happy to play at weekend festivals and events whenever we are free. The focus is primarily on the quality of the tunes and songs and we are happy to present them in a traditional fashion as opposed to being under pressure to compromise by having to change the music to suit audiences.”


For tickets to this event www.roscommonartscentre.ie

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