On Friday 15th November The Pillar House in Ballinasloe welcomes 5* Trad group – Gatehouse. Having just released their 2nd album “Heather down the Moor”, which is performing very well and getting some great reviews Gatehouse are touring Ireland with it.
Gaining inspiration from the rich history and beautiful hinterland of Lough Key Forest Park, the band Gatehouse has been called after the ‘Tiara’ gate lodge, situated at the entrance to the decided Rockingham Estate near Boyle, Co. Roscommon. They are a relatively new, Irish traditional group boasting an exciting line up of experienced traditional musicians including singer Rachel Garvey, Jacinta McEvoy on guitar and concertina, John McEvoy on fiddle and mandolin and John Wynne on flutes and whistles.
The two Johns go back a long way and with Jacinta McEvoy performed for many years as a trio. However, they were keen to develop their sound and move things forward while at the same time remaining true to the tradition. The trio were delighted when Rachel Garvey, one of the finest interpreters of traditional songs, agreed to join and so Gatehouse was born. Although the focus initially was on the music of North Connaught, Gatehouse are constantly expanding their repertoire with new songs and compositions, along with a sprinkling of other influences wrapped in sensitive and tasteful innovation.
Following the release of their highly acclaimed debut album, Tús Nua in 2016, the band has gone from strength to strength, performing at venues and festivals in Ireland, Denmark, Norway and the UK as well as on live TV. Encouraged by this success they have released their second CD ‘Heather Down the Moor’. On Heather Down the Moor they present more intricate arrangements and have developed their sound with the help John Joe Kelly on Bodhrán, Alan Kelly on Piano Accordion, Michael McCague on Bouzouki and Conor & Paddy McEvoy on Fiddle & Piano. “Heather down the Moor” was co-produced with Dónal O’Connor.
“We are excited about introducing new listeners to traditional music and song and hope you enjoy our unique approach to blending the old with the new”, says band member John Wynne.
Certainly, Ballinasloe will be definitely enriched for having this band perform in town and there is no finer venue than The Pillar House’s intimate setting to enjoy this not to be missed gig.