The Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery Dalriada Connections Concert
Heritage Centre, Campbeltown (£12.00 incl sponsors miniature) (Doors 1.30pm)
This years Performers are:
Chris Stout and Catriona MacKay
Ceólta (N Ireland)
Western Sound, Na Smeòraich
Scooter Muse (USA)
Ross Conner Trio, Frank Rochford
Dalriada Connections Band
and many more TBC
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.
Chris Stout and Catriona MacKay
Chris Stout and Catriona MacKay have their roots in Scottish Traditional music and have a dynamic and adventurous sound that retains the identity of their traditions yet allows the music to have a freedom and connection to other musical styles they are drawn to.
Chris is from Fair Island, one of the Shetland Islands and Catriona is from Dundee and have played together for around 20 years. They have collaborated on many projects and are both members internationally acclaimed band Fiddlers Bid.
They have created a driving energy and a clear direction which allows them to find those magical, elusive emotions that connect to the soul, share a freedom, a feeling of abandonment, of letting-go. They cultivate an atmosphere of trust in which they can set sail. It is an intense sensation of witnessing the creation of something immediate and essential that is so captivating for them and for their listeners.
Web site http://www.mckaystoutmusic.co.uk
Based in the North of Ireland, Ceólta is an exciting group whose members have many years of experience on the traditional scene. They produce a vibrant sound, playing an array of instruments on self -penned and traditional arrangements.
Ceólta’s three members, Ciaran Mulholland, Paul Mc Kernan and Mark Carmichael, contribute a wealth of experience to the Ceólta sound. Ciaran is a former finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young tradition award, Paul holds 6 All-Ireland titles on the Uilleann Pipes, while Mark’s former band Camhanach won The Danny Kyle Celtic Connections Award in 2002.
Vocals, Fiddle & other stringed instruments / Ciarán Mulholland Vocals, Uilleann Pipes & Whistles / Paul McKernan Vocals, Bagpipes, Uilleann Pipes, Whistles, Guitar & Bouzouki / Mark Carmichael
Web site https://www.ceolta.org
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), Kyle(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 2019 they are looking forward to a busy year of gigs, including Mull Of Kintyre Music Festival, Carradale Music Festival and many others.
Na Smeòraich are 5 young girls from Tarbert – they’ve won the Oban Mòd folk group competition 2 years running and came second in the national Mòd under 13 folk group competition last year. They were also a support act for Eddie Reader when she performed in Tarbert.
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.
Ross Conner returns to perform at his 2nd Dalriada Connections Concert. Over the past year Ross has performed with Ceann Tir at the Machrihanish Dunes Hogmanay Night at the Ugadale and he will also perform with Ceann Tir at the Traditional Concert supporting Dougie MacLean.
Scooter who hails from Alabama USA makes a welcme return to the festival. He has become a regular performer at the MOKFest since his first appearance in 2002 with Full Moon Ensemble.
Frank is a hugely popular local musician who has developed into a wonderful fiddle player. Frank will also be performing with Ceann Tir at the Dougie MacLean concert and will be part of the Saturday afternoon mega session.