“The term supergroup is perhaps over-used in some contexts, but there’s no doubting the pedigree of the Gatehouse line-up.” Irish Music Magazine
Gatehouse are an Irish traditional band. The four members are Rachel Garvey (Vocals), Jacinta McEvoy (guitar and concertina), John McEvoy (fiddle and mandolin) and John Wynne (flute and whistles).
Since getting together the band have gained a reputation for their tasteful interpretation of traditional songs and vibrant instrumentals, combining “masterful technical proficiency” with “vocal numbers where the sparkle glows”. The band have toured extensively, drawing audiences into their world of infectious rhythms and soothing vocals. Their subtle instrumental interplay, innovative accompaniment and enchanting vocals refreshes the ear and provides a unique insight into the roots of their tradition. “Gatehouse is obviously steeped in tradition but also very cognisant of stylistic innovations” Boston Irish.
Their first album, Tús Nua, described as “an unerring delight” received a five-star review and was short-listed for The Irish Times 2016 album of the year. Their second release, Heather Down The Moor (2019), showcases the band’s interpretative skills through subtle embellishment of classic folk songs and their ability to seamlessly blend the old with the new.
Looking ahead, the band continues to explore their rich musical heritage and to further establish their reputation for tasteful interpretation of songs and rollicking tunes.
“an undeniable warmth and spirit that’s impossible to resist. …If they are not on your radar, then they should be”. Folk Radio