Gatehouse are live again, post-lockdowns!

Arts Centre return on December 4th

Well-known local music group ‘Gatehouse’ will perform at the Roscommon Arts Centre at 8 pm on Saturday, December 4th ahead of what promises to be a busy few months following 18 months of Covid-19 lockdowns.

Gatehouse have been performing together since 2014 and boast a top class line-up of 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.

Group member John Wynne says Gatehouse returned to live performances in September of this year and already have big plans for 2022.

“I’m back playing in the usual session in JJ Harlow’s in Roscommon every Thursday night and Gatehouse started back with two live gigs at arts festivals in September. We are making a video in January so now we are working towards that,” he said.

Covid-19 has caused havoc for musicians and live performers and John says the group are delighted to be back on stage following a lengthy lay-off.

“We were out of action pretty much since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 apart from a brief period last September (2020) and then we stopped again before the Government lifted restrictions at the end of last summer. It was practically a year and a half where we weren’t able to perform so we are delighted to be back at it again,” he said.

Apart from their date at the arts centre, Gatehouse will also be appearing at the Roscommon Christmas Festival on the new-look Roscommon Town Square on December 11th.

“We are really looking forward to those gigs, the home town performances are always really enjoyable,” John said.

“We also have a couple of gigs lined up after Christmas and our first trip abroad since the outbreak of the pandemic will be to Vienna in Austria for St. Patrick’s weekend. We’ll be performing across Ireland, and in Spain and Germany too.

Gatehouse will also be filming a new music video ahead of performances in the UK.

“We have secured an agent for the UK, which we are delighted with. Our aim now is to produce a couple of videos and add to our online presence including social media and our website, which is really important.

“The videos will be recorded in the Roscommon and Kilteevan areas and we have received great support from the Arts Office at Roscommon County Council, which we are very grateful for,” John added.

“We hope that this will help in building up our profile in the UK because it’s just next door and there is a lot of potential for touring folk festivals and securing further dates there”.

As part of this new focus on the UK music scene, Gatehouse will be performing at a festival in Scotland next year as well as at the Cornwall Folk Festival in 2023.

For now though, the group’s attention is on performances closer to home.

During the Roscommon Christmas Festival, Gatehouse will be on stage on Saturday (11th)    at 7 pm while John Wynne and John Carlos will also be performing on the Sunday (12th) at 6.30 pm.

For tickets to Gatehouse at Roscommon Arts Centre, contact the booking office on 090-6625824 or artscentre@roscommoncoco.ie.