Charlie McGettigan IMRO 6-09

Charlie McGettigan started his musical career in the 1960s in various rock bands in Donegal. In 1973, Charlie formed the highly successful group, Jargon, which went on to win the prestigious Letterkenny Folk Festival, following in the footsteps of bands like Clannad and Pumpkinhead. Down the years, Charlie worked with artists like Maura O’Connell and Eleanor Shanley, and 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. Charlie has since released the albums In Your Old Room, Family Matters and his current album, Tuesdays with Paul. Charlie´s songs have been recorded by many artists including Maura O Connell, Eleanor Shanley, De Dannan, Mary and Frances Black, Ray Lynam, Daniel O´Donnell, Sandy Kelly and Hal Ketchum to name but a few. These days, Charlie tours both in Ireland and abroad.

He presents The Saturday Connection on Shannonside/Northern Sound Radio, a two hour programme where he previews live music and theatrical events, interviews guests e.g. Guy Clark, Kieran Goss, Frances Black, Jerry Douglas and Bela Fleck and plays mostly music produced in Ireland.

Charlie is a board member of The Dock Arts Centre in Carrick on Shannon.

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