The Kilkerran Distillery Dalriada Connections Concert
Heritage Centre, Campbeltown Aug 22nd Doors 1.30pm
Ross Couper and Tom Oakes
Ainsley Hamill and Alister Iain Paterson
Ciaran Mulholland (N Ireland) + Lorne MacDougall
Dalriada Connections Band
incl sponsors miniature (Doors 1.30pm)
A concert celebrating the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada its music and its Pan Celtic Connections across Europe. 2021 will feature 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.
Ross Couper from Shetland and Tom Oakes from Devon may hail from polar opposite ends of the UK, but their shared passion for the irresistible melodies and grooves of Celtic music, and fiery, driving rhythms have been dazzling audiences for the best part of a decade.
The fiddle and guitar duo are deeply rooted in the traditions of Scotland and Ireland but with a vital modernity that chronicles their many musical journeys so far. Ross’ explosive fiddle playing lies at the heart of some of the biggest acts on the Scottish folk scene including the mighty Peatbog Faeries. Tom Oakes is a multi award-winning guitarist and flautist who is known for his work with Luke Daniels (Riverdance) and 2009 BBC R2 Folk Award winner (Best Live Act) Damien Barber. Ross and Tom’s 2017 album ‘Fiddle & Guitar’ was shortlisted for Album of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.
Ross & Tom sent us a set for the Virtual MOK Fest 2020 are really looking forward to performing live at this years event
“Singer/songwriter Ainsley Hamill has just released her new record, ‘Not Just Ship Land’ featured as The Guardian Folk Album of the Month – “Her voice thick with velvet and mirk… hovering between the comforting warmth of The Breath and the whip-smart forlornness of early Adele.”
For many years Ainsley performed and toured with folk bands Barluath and made appearances with The Unusual Suspects, she is a current member of folk band Fourth Moon, performing Gaelic, English and her own material, as well as step dancing.
Accompaniment for this concert is from Alistair Iain Paterson.
Ainsley headlined the Festival Gaelic Night in 2019 and makes a welcome return the the MOK Fest.
Lorne MacDougall is one of Scotland’s leading innovative traditional musicians performing on a range of bagpipes and whistles. Recent times have seen him achieve an MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards Instrumentalist of the Year Nomination and previously placed 3 times in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Final. He has an Honours Degree in Scottish Music specialising in Bagpipes.
He is known for seamlessly integrating his sounds into soundtracks with highlighted credits ranging from movies like Disney Pixar’s Brave and DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon series to television shows like Doctor Who and Thunderbirds Are Go.
Fiddle player and singer Ciaran Mulholland from Northern Ireland is now a firm favourite of the festival having appeared solo and with his Ceolta.
Ciarán is the regular fiddle player for Haste to the Wedding céilí band based in Larne, playing both Scottish and Irish music for céilíthe throughout and further afield.
Ciarán teaches fiddle music to learners at the Glens of Antrim Comhaltas classes in Glenariffe in the Glens of County Antrim. He is also a regular tutor at the MOK Fest workshops in Campbeltown Grammar School and is a regular performer with the Dalriada Connections Band.
Ross Conner returns to perform at his 3rd Dalriada Connections Concert. Over the past few years 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.
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.