Charlie McGettigan

Charlie McGettigan

Charlie is a firm favourite with the Crocanoir audience and his 3rd visit was eagerly anticipated.
Charlie McGettigan began his musical career in the 1960s, here he gained experience at all levels of the entertainment industry. When he moved to Dublin in 1968 he honed in on the thriving folk scene there at that time. His influences then were people like Paul Brady, Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine and, having played electric guitar up to then, he purchased his first acoustic guitar concentrating on developing the finger picking style, which is now his stock in trade.

Charlie moved to the rural environment of Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim in 1973, and formed the highly successful Jargon group, which went on to win the prestigious Letterkenny Folk Festival, following in the footsteps of bands like Clannad and Pumpkinhead. This win led to a recording contract with Polygram records and the release of Jargon’s first single Bailieboro and Me. The band went on to record two more singles and then Charlie went on to pursue a solo career.

During the following years Charlie worked with artists like Maura O Connell and Eleanor Shanley who both recorded many of Charlies songs including “I dont know how you do it”, “Feet of a dancer”, “A bed for the night”, “If anything happened to you” and others.

He released two solo albums – Songs of the night and Charlie McGettigan – before joining forces with Paul Harrington and Brendan Graham to win the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest with Rock n Roll Kids.