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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.