Evening Concert as part of the 19th Return to Camden Town Festival with Gatehouse / Andrew MacNamara, Karen Ryan and Pete Quinn

Date: October 29, 2017

Doors: 19:30

Venue: London Irish Centre, Camden Square

Price: £12/ £6 U18

Evening Concert as part of the 19th Return to Camden Town Festival

Join us at The London Irish Centre for an evening concert with Gatehouse and Andrew MacNamara, Karen Ryan and Pete Quinn as part of the 19th Return to Camden Town Festival. 

Tickets: £12 or £6 for under 18's here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gatehouse-andrew-mac-namara-karen-ryan-pete-quinn-tickets-36565930683 

Gatehouse was formed in 2016 and features John Wynne (flute), John McEvoy (fiddle), Jacinta McEvoy (guitar, concertina) and Rachel Garvey (vocals). The band specialises in playing the music of Roscommon and North Connacht. They perform songs in Irish and English and feature compositions by local composers such as Josie McDermott, Turlough O'Carolan, Larry Redican and John McEvoy himself

John Wynne and John McEvoy are highly regarded musicians and old friends, who have played together for many years. They delighted audiences at Return to Camden when they last visited us to launch their CD, Pride of the West, in 2007. John Wynne is from Roscommon and has a strong interest in the music of Sligo, Roscommon and Leitrim, whilst John McEvoy, also from a Roscommon family, grew up in Birmingham. His sister is the noted flute player, Catherine McEvoy. He recorded the album Bakerswell with the group of the same name in the late 1980s. His solo CD, Returning, was released in 1998 and he recorded The Kilmore Fancy with Catherine in 2004.

John and John decided in 2016 that they would like to expand and develop the music they play, so invited John McEvoy’s wife, Jacinta, to join them on guitar and concertina, whilst Rachel Garvey, also from Roscommon and a fine singer and All-Ireland winner, came on board as vocalist. The group’s debut CD, Tús Nua, has been extremely well received.

Tulla accordionist, Andrew Mac Namara and London fiddler, Karen Ryan first met and played music together at the Feakle. Traditional Music Festival in 1991. Over the 25 years since then, they’ve played together on and off in Feakle, Galway and London. During the last few years, Andrew and Karen have been joined by Karen’s husband, Liverpool pianist Pete Quinn, and the trio has played some high-powered sessions as part of the Feakle Festival at Pepper’s Bar each August. There seems to be a spontaneity and spark to the music when the three get together, which many have commented on.

This prompted their decision to record an album in Andrew’s house over two days in February 2017,
engineered, mixed and mastered by Matt Purcell. The album was launched at this year’s Willie Clancy
Summer School, with further performances at the Feakle Festival, the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in
Ennis, and Tunes in the Church in Galway. The CD will also be launched at this year’s Return to Camden
Town and Ennis Trad Festivals. The trio’s collective musical CVs include both solo and group albums.

Reviews of From Camden to Tulla received to date include:

"A beautiful and energetic album with wonderful bounce. Two thumbs way up."
Daniel Neely, The Irish Echo (US)

"Masterly renditions of some grand old tunes with that lift and vivacity born of a deep love and understanding of the music." Alex Monaghan, Irish Music Magazine (Ireland)

For more information about other Festival events, please see: www.returntocamden.org 


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