Roscommon-based Gatehouse provide a delightful ‘fresh start’

New CD, local gigs!

Roscommon-based traditional band Gatehouse have recently launched a new CD titled ‘Tús Nua’ (New Start), which an Irish Times review described as “an unerring delight.”

  Gatehouse consists of John Wynne on flutes and whistles, John McEvoy on fiddle, viola and piano, Rachel Garvey on vocals and Jacinta McEvoy on guitar and concertina.

  John Wynne spoke to the Roscommon People earlier this week and said the band were “absolutely delighted” with the album and are looking forward to their upcoming performance in the Roscommon Arts Centre on Friday, September 2nd.

  John said: “It was only the second traditional music album to get the five stars in an Irish Times review. We called it Tús Nua because John McEvoy had composed a planxty on the album and so we called it after that. Also, myself and John and have been playing together since 2007 and then the girls came in, so it was a fresh start!”

  Rachel Garvey, who has been described by the Irish Times as “the magical ingredient that raises the bar on this particular quartet’s set”, brings her remarkable voice to the group. Meanwhile, John McEvoy’s wife, Jacinta, is described by John Wynne as “a fantastic musician and great addition to the band”.

  As well as appearing at the Roscommon Arts Centre the group will also be appearing at the Larry Reynolds Traditional Irish Music Festival on Sunday, September 11th at The Pillar House in Ballinasloe.

  John Wynne says support from the local community has been vital in helping the group to release the new album: “We are really looking forward to the gigs and we’re hoping for a good crowd. We will have some surprise guests and some dancing too. We are a self-funded group but we have received great support from the Roscommon County Council and Mary Mullins in the Arts Office.

  “The group has strong Roscommon roots; Rachel is from Kilteevan, I’m from Roscommon town, John McEvoy is from Birmingham – but both of his parents are from Strokestown – while Jacinta is from Dublin.”

  The group’s new album, Tús Nua, is available to buy from Casey’s in Roscommon and Una Bhán tourist shop at King House in Boyle. Gatehouse will perform at 8 pm on Friday, September 2nd at Roscommon Arts Centre and tickets are available by calling the box office on 090 6625824 or by clicking, pre-booking is advised. Gatehouse are also on Facebook.