Meet The Band
From Kilteevan Co. Roscommon, Rachel has appeared at some of the most prestigious festivals in the folk and traditional scene and performed live on TG4’s Fleadh TV and RTE radio. Described as interpreting songs with a staggering originality Rachel has been involved in a number of singing projects including two albums ‘Ye Ramblin’ Boys – South Roscommon Singers Circle’ and ‘Alone by the Wild Wood’ a collection of local Roscommon songs.
Guitar & Concertina
Born in Dublin, Jacinta is sought after as an arranger and accompanist and has performed throughout Europe and Ireland with a number of different groups. A highly regarded concertina player and guitarist, Jacinta is frequent workshop presenter and regularly performs with the all female group Macalla.
Fiddle & Mandolin
Born in Birmingham of Roscommon parents, John has collaborated and recorded with many of Ireland’s leading musicians. A noteworthy composer, a number of his tunes are in the mainstream of the tradition. John can be heard on a number of recordings and teaches at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy. He has conducted workshops in many European countries, the USA, New Zealand and the UK.
Flute & Whistles
From Roscommon, John has performed throughout Europe the USA, the UK and New Zealand. A member of Roscommon Traditional Arts Forum John has organised festivals and concerts. A much sought after tutor for workshops and Winter/Summer schools in Ireland and beyond, he a member of the teaching staff at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy and the Joe Mooney Summer School. John teaches whistle and flute in Roscommon.
The Story so far…
…from the light cadence of dance music to barnstormers…
…the beautiful singing of Rachel Garvey …
Roscommon based traditional band Gatehouse celebrate the history and beauty of Lough Key Forest Park, through their name, taken from the ‘Tiara’ gate lodge, situated at the entrance to the Rockingham Estate near Boyle in the west of Ireland.
The two Johns go back a long way and after initially focusing on the music of North Connaught, they broadened their focus to explore the story telling potential of song and tunes from other parts of Ireland – and so Gatehouse was born. With the addition of Rachel’s captivating singing and Jacinta’s delicate accompaniment, for the band it’s all about sensitive and tasteful innovation – though there’s also grit and substance when needed.
Following the release of their highly acclaimed debut album, Tús Nua, Gatehouse decided to take a more intricate approach to arrangement on Heather Down the Moor with the help John Joe Kelly (Bodhrán), Alan Kelly (Piano Accordion), Mike McCague (Bouzouki) and Conor & Paddy McEvoy on Fiddle & Piano. Heather down the Moor was co-produced with Dónal O’Connor.