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Joe Giltrap & Eugene Teevan

Colgarra brings together two very different musicians from the Irish music scene.               Eugene Teevan, button accordion and flute and Joe Giltrap, vocals, guitar, bodhran and harmonica combine to produce a distinctive sound and repertoire that will keep your feet tapping.

CD Booklet Cover "Follow Me Up To Carlow"

Whilst Eugene is steeped in the pure traditional side of the culture, Joe, although a multi-instrumentalist, has always been first and foremost a vocalist. It is the fusion of these two elements that produces a unique sound.

Eugene Teevan was born in Luton, to parents from Cavan and Monaghan. He started
playing tin whistle at the age of seven, and was soon encouraged to join the Leagrave Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, subsequently graduating to concert flute and accordion.

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Eugene has competed in Fleadh’s all over Britain and Ireland. His proudest moment came at the 1988 Kilkenny Fleadh; when he won All-Ireland titles on flute and accordion - resulting in an invitation to tour Canada and the US with Comhaltas. A regular performer at sessions and festivals, Eugene has played with a number of bands down through the years.

Kildare born, singer/songwriter Joe Giltrap, started his musical life on the folk and ballad scene in Ireland, before heading to London in the early 70’s where he teamed up with Malcolm Rogers to form Irish Mist

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Irish Mist went on to dominate the London folk scene and toured Europe on a regular basis. They recorded five albums and several singles, culminating in Gold and Silver disc awards, for the chart-topping Green Velvet compilation albums; which in turn led to a         TV Special - later released on video. Joe has been writing, recording and performing, primarily as a solo artist in recent years, with several acclaimed album releases.

A Lifetime Achievement was later awarded to Joe, by The Irish World newspaper; and more recently he was honoured by his home town of Leixlip, Co. Kildare, for his services to folk music.

Joe Giltrap is one of the few people, to have recorded with American folk legend Tom Paxton. Joe is also the music correspondent with The Irish Post newspaper in London. 

The Business End

1. The Humours of Tulla/Galway Rambler. Two great reels that Eugene learned when he first started playing. They have remained part of his repertoire ever since.

2. John O’Dreams.  A lovely song written by Bill Caddick to a tune by Tchaikovsky. The basic message is that we are all equal when we are asleep.

3. The Ballad of Billy Gray. A classic cowboy folklore tale of an outlaw whose past eventually catches up with him even though he has mended his ways after falling for a young woman. (See composer Norman Blake)

4. The Redhills Hornpipe. Composed by Eugene at the first All Ireland Fleadh in Cavan as a tribute to his father Jim who is from the county.

5. Slan Abhaile. A beautiful song of parting that was written by Sligo man Dermot Henry who moved to the US in the early 1970’s. The chorus is partly in Irish which somehow manages to make it even more heartfelt whether you understand the language or not.

6. Sound the Pibroch. The Battle of Culloden on April 16, 1746, which lasted only 45 minutes, finally broke Scottish resistance. Bonnie Prince Charlie fled Scotland never to return.

7. The Roseville Fair. A simple love song with a beautiful chorus from the prolific pen of Bill Staines.

8.The Mason’s Apron. One of the best known and best loved traditional tunes.

9. Glasgow Dan. Written by Gordon Menzies from Scottish duo Gaberlunzie, it tells the story of a travelling musician whose ‘heart was surely broken by the cruelty of man’ in World War Two.

10. Follow Me Up To Carlow In 1580 Queen Elizabeth 1 sent 6000 troops to Ireland under the command of Lord Grey to crush a rebellion that was brewing. He failed at Glenmalure in County Wicklow when he ran into local chieftain Fiach McHugh O’Byrne.

11. Blind Mary. Eugene fell in love with this beautiful Turlough O’Carolan piece when he heard it at a Fleadh Ceoil in Listowel, Co.Kerry.

12. I’ve Waited As Long As I Can A man can only wait so long before he finally admits defeat in love. Still, considering the sentiment, it’s a happy sounding bouncy tune so maybe he had a lucky escape.

Colgarra In Concert At Royston Folk Club

Colgarra In Concert At Royston Folk Club

Colgarra In Concert At Royston Folk Club

Colgarra In Concert At Royston Folk Club