Dalriada Connections Concert

 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

Scooter Muse (USA) & Ciaran Mulholland (N Ireland)

Western Sound, Ross Conner, 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 & Catriona MacKay sm















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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