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Two very different folk acts announced today

Roscommon-based band Gatehouse are unashamedly trad and proud to present the music that has been the very heartbeat of their home turf – Connacht province of western Ireland.

Proud to be fully paid up members of the how-it-used-to-be club, they tap into a rich time-tested seam. It’s an approach that provides much-needed “comfort” that many of the better-known figures of the genre find appealing, such as that great guardian of the Donegal tradition, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, of Altan, who describes their playing as “music that lifts the spirit”.

Also announced are Bonfire Radicals, drawing inspiration from different folk sources, from the British Isles to the Balkans.

The electrifying sound of the 6-piece folk band is both intensely creative and irresistibly fun. Expect the unexpected, with global grooves, instrumental fireworks, rich vocal harmonies and delicate a cappella emerging from a melting pot of original and traditional tunes from the British Isles to the Balkans. Emotive vocals, textural washes, intricate woodwind and contemporary fiddle are woven together over a pulsating backdrop of guitar, bass and drums.

"Quite staggeringly special"

David Kidman - Fatea Magazine

More soon!

The GTSF Team


4th to 7th July 2024

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