Dalriada Connections Concert

The Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery Dalriada Connections Concert

Heritage Centre, Campbeltown (£12.00 incl sponsors miniature) (Doors 1.30pm)

A concert celebrating the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada its music and its Pan Celtic Connections across Europe.  This year featuring acts from Kintyre, Argyll, Northern Ireland and the rest of the Kingdom of Dalriada and beyond giving the concert a proper Pan Celtic spread of music.  Acts already booked are

Ciaran Mulholland (N Ireland)

Rhuvaal – Scooter Muse (USA)

Ross Kennedy – Struan Thorpe – Jamie Kennedy

Dalriada Connections Band

And many more

The 2016 line-up was:


Jean Michel VeillonJean-Michel-Veillon-1-credit-Eric-Legret-1200x720

Jean-Michel Veillon is a native musician FREHEL (Côtes d’Armor) residing today in the Trégor, near Lannion.  Jean-Michel started playing the bombard from the age of eleven and gradually abandoned this instrument in favour of the wooden flute (model inspired by the baroque flute). Over the years, he developed a type of game both very “flûtistique” and very close to the tradition sung or sounded in Brittany. His perfectly recognizable style is now recognized as Britain and Ireland. Self-taught, he draws his repertoire in the Breton and Gaelic tradition in general, but it is also inspired traditions of Eastern flutes (Turkey, Iran, India, China …).

Jean-Michel has played in several bands: KORNOG, DEN, Barzaz, Pennoù Skoulm, Alain Genty, JACQUES PELLEN & CELTIC PROCESSION, DUO VEILLON-RIOU, FLUTES 4 Toud ‘Sames, etc … and performed with such groups many tours both in Britain than in France and abroad (Europe and USA).

Website: www.jmveillon.net


Norman MacKinnon

Mod Gold Medallist Norman MacKinnon returns to sing at the Dalriada Connections Concert having last performed at the MOK Fest in 2014 at the inaugural Gaelic Night at Ceol Campbeltown.

Norman released his CD Western Promise in 2002 and will perform a a selection of songs from his repertoire.








Coming from a musical family Ciarán started playing the fiddle from about the age of 11, having found an old 3/4 size fiddle under a bed in his grandmother’s house in Belfast.  In 1990, Ciarán was a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Tradition Award.  This was a great experience to meet other young musicians including Damien Barber from Norfolk, Ingrid Henderson from Scotland and Pauline Cato from Northumberland.

Ciarán has been a regular Fleadh finalist, at county, provincial and All-Ireland level, both in slow air competitions as well as senior fiddle competitions.  He has been Ulster champion several times. He has been a member of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann for many years, and has performed in concerts and provided workshops across the island of Ireland, as well as festivals such as Speyfest and The Jura Music Festival.

Ciarán also teaches fiddle music to learners at the Comhaltas classes in Glenariffe in the Glens of County Antrim. These learners range from absolute beginners to intermediate players with a range of ages from primary school age right up to senior citizens.         Ciarán is the regular fiddle player for Haste to the Wedding ceilidh band, playing both Scottish and Irish music for ceilidh dances all over Ireland and further afield.

More recently, Ciarán composed and performed the music for “All for the Dead Man’s Penny”, written by author Liz Weir (www.lizweir.net) and commissioned for Festival at the Edge (www.festivalattheedge.org).  The music for this story is heavily influenced by the music of Ulster, particularly Donegal, Derry and Antrim.


RHUVAAL make their debut at this years Dalriada Connections Concert having played at last years Young Folk Night.

They are now making quite a name for themselves playing at this Campbeltown Malt Fest and supporting Skipnnish at a charity concert in the Victoria Hall.


ROSS KENNEDY has been a professional folk musician for over 25 years as a singer, guitar and fiddle player, who lives locally in Campbeltown and performed with Canterach at last years concert.  He has toured, recorded and played with Scottish legends The Tannahill Weavers and was also the founding member of great bands such as The Iron Horse, The Jura Ceilidh Band,  Canterach and hoots heppnin.  Ross also had a very successful and long association with fiddler Archie McAllister, and has gone on to play in many other duos and trios in his long and varied career. He now devotes his time to the exciting pipes, fiddle and song group Canterach.  Ross has a strong, melodic singing voice coupled with a powerful and sensitive guitar accompaniment and is one of the select band of folk musicians who have successfully translated the traditional tunes of the fiddle and pipes to the acoustic guitar.  He also enjoys playing bouzouki and mandolin and occasionally dabbles with the fiddle. He has taught Celtic flatpicking guitar at home and abroad and has produced/played on over 40 studio albums with many acclaimed musicians from the traditional music world.  Last year Ross recorded his first solo CD “Scottish Voice And Acoustic Guitar” on Greentrax Records
Website http://www.myspace.com/rosscampbellkennedy & http://www.wedding-music-scotland.com/singers/rosskennedy.html



DALRIADA CONNECTIONS BAND, This unique band comes together each year under the name of the Dalriada Connections Band, consisting of all the artists who have performed over the course of the concert and more.  Last year’s band finished of the concert to a rousing ovation which ended a truly special concert.



STRUAN THORPE: Struan hails from Lochgilphead and is a multi-instrumentalist who has grown up with Scottish Traditional Music from an early age. He specialises in Highland Bagpipes and is also an equally competent Irish Flute and Tin Whistle player.  Struan has recently graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama with a BA (Hons) Scottish Music-Piping and after play in numerous pipe bands he took over as Pipe Major of the Mid Argyll Pipe Band in 2010.











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