Jargon, the highly talented multi-instrumentalist acoustic quartet, has returned, revisiting their interpretations and original songs in Ragtime, Blues, Folk and Bluegrass styles. Formed by Charlie McGettigan in 1973, and reformed in the eighties, they followed Clannad and Pumpkinhead in winning the prestigious Letterkenny Folk Festival and subsequently released three singles.
The group took a break in 1983 to pursue other musical interests. They were not idle during this long hiatus. Charlie toured and recorded with Maura O’Connell and Eleanor Shanley. He and Paul Harrington went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest with Brendan Graham’s ‘Rock and Roll Kids’ and is himself a noted songwriter with songs like ‘Feet of a Dancer’ , ‘A Bed For The Night’ and ‘The Singer’.
Gerry Grennan toured Europe with Seamie O’Dowd and with Brendan Emmett for several years before settling back in Sligo playing in an array of ensembles and inspiring generations of budding guitarists through his gentle but demanding teaching style. Liam Gilmartin joined Gerry in the very successful and much lamented Hennigan’s Blues Band who entertained audiences throughout Ireland and later in the Shelly River Band for quite a few years.
After 40 years, Jargon reformed earlier in 2023 to play, enjoy and share some of their music with new member Brian Mulligan who also plays in The Old Market Street Swing Band’s Friday evening residencies in Connolly’s.