John Gilchrist - Irish Singer / Guitarist

(Solo or duo options)

This Irish singer and guitarist is available for Irish weddings and private functions throughout Ireland but also in the South of England where he lived for many years and keeps a 2nd PA system.

He performs as a soloist or as a duo with a fiddle player and can provide beautiful authentic background Irish music performing acoustically or with a PA system.

He 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 he teamed up with a fiddler who by chance had just arrived from Belfast and 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 and earned gold and silver discs for contributions to best selling compilation albums.

As a duo, they play a variety of musical instruments including bodhrán, banjo, mandolin, uilleann pipes and tin whistle

What the critics say:

"Thinking man's Celtic music" The Sunday Express

"A wonderfully diverse mix of Celtic roots" Time Out, London

"Simply stunning. Take It to your heart and love it forever" Mary Costello, BBC Radio, London


"Excellent arrangements sung magnificently and magical performances, what more do you want" Sean McGhee, Rock 'n' Reel


"Brilliant recordings, original and traditional ballads delivered with great style" Coral Coast Radio, Australia


"Beautiful versions of great songs" Larry Monroe, Lonestar Radio, Austin, Texas, USA

"The only album I have played every track off over the air" Kelvin Henderson, BBC Radio Bristol

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He was an absolute gem! Thank you so much for creating an amazing atmosphere for our guests! We have received so many compliments on his performance. He was kind, graciously stayed on a little longer than required and was more a lovely gentleman! Couldn’t be happier to have had such a legend entertain us for the evening. Hats off to you! Sylviane and Derek x

Sylviane Leger, (June, 2018)

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