About Joe Giltrap

  • Joe Giltrap was born and raised in Leixlip, in what was then a small village by the banks of the River Liffey in Co.Kildare, and began his music career with local group The Rye Folk prior to joining top recording Dublin folk group The Broadsiders.
  •  Moving to London in the early seventies Joe teamed up with fiddler Malcolm Rogers who by chance had just arrived from Belfast. As Irish Mist the duo went on to dominate the London Irish music scene inspiring younger acts like The Pogues. Over the years they recorded five albums plus several singles and shared the concert stage with top Irish folk acts such as Christy Moore, The Furies, The Dubliners, De Dannan etc. and earned gold and silver discs for contributions to best selling compilation albums.
  • In 1984 Irish Mist opened their own music venue The Sir George Robey in London’s Finsbury Park presenting an eclectic range of international and home grown acts.
  • In 1987 Joe opened The Weavers, the much loved and respected music venue in London. Voted one of the top ten music venues in London by Time Out magazine it played host to the cream of the world’s roots artists and released three highly acclaimed compilation albums on it’s own label before finally closing it’s doors in 1999.
  •  Having devoted much of his energies to The Weavers Joe found little time for his own career apart from the occasional concert and appearances on BBC radio in London. In 1994 he released a CD Where There’s Life, which received enthusiastic reviews and extensive airplay. One radio station in Belgium voted it their ‘album of the year’ and one track was chosen as part of the soundtrack for the film The Innocent Sleep.
  • From 1994-1997 Joe appeared on several compilation albums including Ireland’s Greatest Love Songs (which featured one of Joe’s own compositions The Years just Roll By) and The Greatest Irish Album Ever for which he received a silver disc.
  • In 1999 Joe released a new CD The Soldier’s Tree to enthusiastic reviews. It featured fifteen original compositions written or co-written by Joe thus further enhancing his reputation as a songwriter.
  • 2000 saw the release of The Mountains Of Mourne and a hectic touring schedule in Britain, Italy, Iceland and Germany. He also managed to fit in a small acting part in the film Conspiracy of Silence.
  •  In 2002 Joe was the male vocalist on the chart topping Celtic Chillout album which included one of his own compositions and the follow up Celtic Chillout 2 included four of Joe’s recordings.
  • These recordings led to a contract with N2K and a new CD Irish Charmer which featured songs chosen by the record company from the works of various artists including Neil Diamond, Bruce Springsteen, Ewan McColl, Paul Brady, Lennon & McCartney as well as two of Joe’s own songs. A hectic promotion tour of radio and TV appearances in Ireland followed.
  • 2002 also saw the release of As Down The Glen – Vol 1 . This project was dear to Joe’s heart as a keen student of Irish History. It featured material covering the long and troubled Irish struggle for Independence.
  •  Summer 2003 saw the release of another new folk album Distant Memories and another busy round of radio stations and live dates in Ireland. An article written by Joe about his tour was published by The Irish World newspaper, which led to Joe contributing regular articles to the newspaper.
  •  2004 started with a lifetime achievement award from The Irish World for services to Irish music. Joe continues to gather fans worldwide as his music spreads through radio in Ireland,UK, Australia, USA and Canada.
  • 2005 saw Joe’s album The Mountains of Mourne re-released by N2K with three extra tracks making a super 18 track album.
  • Joe also released a CD single entitled The Bravest. This is a song written by one his heroes – American folk legend Tom Paxton – just 13 days after the 9/11 atrocity in which 2792 people lost their lives. It was written about the 343 New York firemen who gave their lives that day and whose numbers included so many Irish names. Tom Paxton joined Joe on this recording.
  • 2006 saw the release by Rajon Records in Australia of The Soldier’s Tree CD with The Bravest added as a bonus track. This followed radio play and regular requests for his material.
  • By popular request 2006 also saw the release of As Down The Glen – Vol 2     with at least one more Volume in the pipeline.
  • 2008 Irish Mist (Joe Giltrap & Malcolm Rogers) released new single          Curragh Mist.
  • 2009 Irish Mist release a stunning Celtic treatment of In The Ghetto.

 

  • This year also saw the release of a new Irish Mist compilation album                Irish Mist Perform Their Classic Collection featuring 16 tracks spanning 30 years.

 

  • In 2010 Joe received an award from his home town of Leixlip for his services to Irish music.

 

  • In 2012 Colgarra (Joe Giltrap & Eugene Teevan) released their first album ‘Follow Me Up To Carlow’.
  • 2013 saw the release of  a wonderful CD                                                       The Crack Was Good In Cricklewood (The Voices of The Men Who Built Britain) presented by Historian Ultan Cowley with music by Joe Giltrap. This album is available from Ultan Cowley at www.ultancowley.com.
  •    In early 2016 Joe released a new album entitled :                                              Joe Giltrap – Folk Troubadour which included some tracks recorded live at The Opera House in Reykjavik.

 

  • Joe was also the music correspondent with The Irish Post in London for many years until returning to his native Ireland in 2016 where he continues to write songs in preparation for a new album in 2018.