Dalriada Connections Concert

 Next year concert will be held on Aug 25th 2019


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. 


The acts who performed in 2018 were:

Eddie Seaman & Luc McNally, Darren MacLean, Pippa Reid-Foster

Mark Carmichael, Ciaran Mulholland (N Ireland)

Western Sound, Ross Conner

Dalriada Connections Band


Eddie Seaman & Luc McNally

Highland bagpiper and whistle player Eddie Seaman and guitarist and singer Luc McNally – both part of Scottish band Barluath – met in Glasgow in 2013 and soon developed into a duo captivating audiences across Scotland and on tour in general. They released their first EP Headlights (2015) to great critical acclaim. Expect foot-stomping tunes and soulful ballads!

Edinburgh Folk Club is an organisation which exists to foster an interest in the wide international world of folk and related musics. It is not compulsory to be a member to be able to attend the club’s weekly shows – just turn up and pay the admission charge at the door. The club held its first meeting on Wednesday 3 October 1973 and has been in continuous existence since then.

More information here







Darren MacLean

Gaelic Singer Darren Maclean from the small village of Herebost near Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye has been singing since he was very young and competed at his first local mod at the age of 4.

When he left school Darren went to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow where he completed a degree in traditional Scottish music.

Although he hasn’t recorded an album of his own yet, he has appeared on others including: James Graham Siubhal and Greisean Greine, Gary Innes Hows the Craic?, Deoch n Dorus and Sandy Meldrum’s Piano Fusion. He also appeared on the Recent Red Hot Chili Piper’s Bagrock to the Masses.

Darren has reached the final of the young traditional musician of the year on 3 occasions.

Darren has appeared on many TV and Radio shows including: Air an Urlar, An Urlar, Bard nan Oran (Donald Shaw), Guthan nan Gaidheal, Ceol aig a Chaistal, The Reel Blend, Travelling Folk, Cuirim Ciuil, Mire ri Mor and Take the Floor. He has also appeared on the critically acclaimed ‘Scotland’s Music’ with Phil Cunningham along with his own hour long Country Music special on BBC ALBA.

Darren Has also been nominated for two awards at the Scots Trad Music awards, Up and Coming Artist of the year award (2005) and Gaelic Singer of the year award (2010).

Pippa Reid Foster

Pippa Reid-Foster’s musical career began at an early age with learning to play the piano.  Music became a prominent element of her school career during which she studied the cello, whistle, fiddle, Bodhran and finally Clarsach.  She has participated in many traditional music tours, has taken part in various music competitions and  has played live on BBC Scotland’s Celtic Connections. Pippa was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2014 BBC Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the year competition and most recently has attained a Masters from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she studied Scottish music specialising in composition.

Based in Helensburgh on the West coast of Scotland, Pippa plays her Clarsach at a diverse range of venues. She travels far and wide to entertain at weddings, public and private receptions, corporate events, charity events and various other functions. Her  broad repertoire which ranges from Scottish traditional to contemporary is supplemented by her own arrangements and compositions and can be tailored  to suit any occasion.

Having previously gained a BA in Textile design, Pippa finds that the visual creative language she has developed enhances and invigorates her musical composition. During her masters at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Pippa based her final composition project on history, folklore and song of Scotland’s Argyll region. Currently Pippa is working on her first album, collaborating with electroacoustic composer Tim Cooper.

 Web Site:http://pippareidfoster.com/



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.


Western Sound

Amy Paterson

Alex Wotherspoon

Darren Brown

Finlay Gilchrist


Great new band from South Kintyre who have recently played at Carradale Music Festival and have various gigs around Kintyre this year.


The band are

Amy (fiddle), Darren (percussion) and Finlay (guitar) formed Western Sound in early 2016 for a school project.  In 2017 they evolved their sound adding Alex (keyboard) and developing more extensive arrangements.  Now in 2018 they are looking forward to a busy year of gigs, including Mull Of Kintyre Music Festival, Carradale Music Festival and many others.


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.















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